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Fire Damage Restoration in Medford Commercial Settings Requires More than Surface Cleaning

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Professional Fire Restoration Technicians are Available to Handle Fire Damage in Medford Businesses

Medford business owners may have the right idea when facing fire damage in their businesses. Priorities should include identifying and controlling the culprit, extracting residual water left behind by fire-fighting efforts, wiping every surface clean, and getting rid of the smell of fire and smoke. Weaved through these steps, they want to protect their business assets such as inventory, equipment, and data. Knowing how to achieve the goal of mitigating fire damage losses is a different matter altogether, and it requires professional help.

For business owners and decision-makers in Medford who need commercial control fire damage quickly, the best decision they can make is to call SERVPRO as soon as disaster strikes. SERVPRO technicians are certified by restoration industry leaders to take charge of your business's water extraction, drying, and disinfecting. When the damage is done, the focus shifts to avoiding secondary damage and restoring the commercial space to its original condition.

Pack-out services often become crucial when we help our commercial clients. Our SERVPRO team arrives on-site with all the necessary equipment and materials to remove salvageable items from the business and store them in secure facilities. Pack-out services can protect undamaged items while clearing out space to facilitate the restoration process. Some cleaning methods we may use in off-site locations include-

  • Application of deodorizing solutions
  • Use of immersive cleaning equipment
  • Application of abrasive EPA-approved cleaners pre-tested on each surface before application

One of the biggest benefits of calling the professional crew at SERVPRO of Medford/Everett at (781) 395-4444 is gaining access to a centralized resource to handle virtually all aspects of fire damage restoration. Reach out in your time of need and let us leave your business "Like it never even happened."

Homeowners with Water Damage in Everett Need Expert Help to Save Flooring Materials

6/10/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Experts are Key in Water Cleanup and Remediation Efforts

It is common for homeowners in Everett to face water damage thanks to leaking pipes and even human error. The water event can derail your day as you search for the best solution to restore your property and salvage as much as you can. Investing time and resources into protecting your home is reasonable, but you want to ensure you are efficient and focused on yielding the best results. 

Calling a water damage restoration team in Everett is as easy as dialing SERVPRO’s 24/7 hotline. Our staff is ready to use the latest tools and technology available for water extraction, cleanup, and drying, focusing on restoring your home to normal as soon as possible. After the water source is under control, we address standing water and protect your home from secondary damage. Pumps of various types, such as submersible, truck-mounted, and handheld, help us remove standing water and set the stage for more targeted steps.

Flooring requires specific attention, and its nature determines what we do next. Carpets suffering water damage often require full removal, thanks to their porous nature. Carpet padding and its top layer can become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria, so that a full replacement can be the best option. For hardwood and tile flooring, we pay close attention to the following-

  • Buckling and cupping happen when water expands wood flanks and alters their attachment to walls and to each other. Careful control of humidity levels and specialized drying solutions may help preserve them.
  • Delamination is typical of engineered wood and happens when layers of flooring detach from each other.
  • Detachment may happen when subfloors get wet, and tools such as drying mats can help restore normal conditions.

SERVPRO of Medford/Everett is at your service when water strikes. Call us at (781) 395-4444 and invite us to work for you until your home looks and feels “Like it never even happened.”

Mold Damage in Medford Requires Top of the Line Professional Attention

5/24/2022 (Permalink)

Corner of a room covered in a large area of mold damage Mold remediation for Medford homes is no DIY project. SERVPRO provides fast and experienced service for all cases of mold damage.

Medford Mold Remediation Is Possible Thanks to SERVPRO

Every home has a unique environment that shifts when conditions change. When the weather changes outside, mainly when humidity increases and plumbing leaks occur, the structure can be a potential breeding ground for mold. Leveraging the expertise of a professional mold remediation team is the best route to have your life return to normal.

For top-notch professional mold damage help in Medford, look no further than SERVPRO. Our staff is certified by industry experts to get mold colonies under control, and we bring our extensive knowledge to you. Taking charge from the moment you call our 24/7 hotline, our team conducts a thorough investigation to assess how widespread your mold problem is and develop a work plan to fight it. Key to our success is our industry-grade equipment and understanding of applying the latest techniques in mold remediation. Among the steps we may take in your home, you might find-

  • Controlled demolition- drywall is typically prime real estate for mold to settle and grow. Our team is ready to replace sheetrock and other selected building materials whose porosity poses a threat.
  • Antimicrobial solutions- spraying and disseminating antimicrobial solutions throughout the home with specialized equipment helps delay mold growth and keep it under control.
  • Air purifying- the airborne quality of mold requires our SERVPRO staff to pay close attention to the ventilation system and include HEPA filters to control spores and dust.

SERVPRO of Medford/Everett is at your service as soon as you call us at (781) 395-4444. Our professionalism shines through everything we do until we leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

What Helps Fire Damage Restoration in Medford Homes?

5/15/2022 (Permalink)

Fire-damaged contents Fire damage restoration for your home is no easy task. Call SERVPRO for fast and immediate service. 24/7 365 days a year we are ready.

Factors Contribute to Faster Surface Cleaning in Fire-Damaged Medford Properties

Understanding the correlation of appropriate environmental conditions and factors is important for faster and more thorough fire damage cleanup. Educated restoration professionals of our SERVPRO team appreciate the impact of each of these potential influencers, so we manipulate environmental conditions and circumstances to suit the ideal cleaning and restoration scenario.

Choosing the Right Product

The most direct and considerable impact on fire damage restoration for Medford homes is the appropriate cleaning product used. Various types of smoke damage require different cleaners and chemicals to overcome, so choosing appropriately from the beginning sets the tone for efficient and effective restoration and recovery solutions. Solvents and detergents are common choices, and the options vary based on wet or dry smoke damage deposits.

Mechanical Actions

An effective way to help cleaning processes be more effective and complete is to combine them with actions to agitate the soil and better infuse the residues with the cleaning chemicals. These might include:

  • Brushing
  • Feather Dusting
  • Scrubbing
  • Dry Vacuuming
  • Media Blasting

Temperature

Cooler temperatures slow down chemical processes and molecular movement, causing cleaning products and reactions to be less productive and efficient. Increasing the temperature of the work area allows faster drying, chemical reactions, and cleaning.

Contact Time

The time that solvents, detergents, and other chemicals used in the cleaning process are allowed to work on the residues and soil deposits, often the more effective they become. It is important that testing is completed in advance for the impacted underlying surface to be sure that extensive contact time with cleaners does not ruin the hosting substrate.

Several factors can influence the efficacy of our cleaning processes and the ease of removing stubborn soot and smoke residues. Our SERVPRO of Medford / Everett team is ready to help you make these fire loss effects “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (781) 395-4444.

States of Water While Drying Everett Flood Damage

5/8/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO storm damage Flood and storm damage restoration is no DIY project. SERVPROs team of experts will be on-site within 4 hours of the initial call.

Flooding Changes the Phase of Water Several Times in Everett Properties

The restoration process for situations like flooding involves dozens of direct actions that can cause water changing forms and phases. Floodwater changes from liquids and gasses, sometimes even solids, several times throughout the full restoration and recovery process through reactions like:

  • Melting
  • Evaporation
  • Condensation
  • Sublimation

Harnessing Chemical Processes

It is crucial to understand the behavior of water through different stages to increase production and management of flood damage in Everett homes. Flooding is a rapidly changing and destructive event for a property, so each action professionals take work to specifically harness chemical processes and behaviors of trapped water in different forms to provide efficient restoration results.

Evaporation

Evaporation describes the actions of units like our air movers to influence wet surfaces throughout a damaged area directly. These high-velocity units blast warm air against portions of wall, ceiling, and flooring systems to vaporize trapped water molecules and begin to dry the affected building material. Evaporation works to begin restoring construction elements but increases the moisture content in the environment.

Condensation

Condensation is the state water is brought to when dehumidifiers like our low-grain refrigerant units begin to pull in moist air from the environment. The humid air is sent across chilled coils within the machine to form condensation drops on the rings. The water formed from the moist air is collected and removed, leaving less humidity in the house.

The education of our SERVPRO of Medford / Everett team allows us to react quickly to the harmful impacts of flood damage to provide the best restoration approaches for our customers. By harnessing processes like evaporation, absorption, and condensation, we can use the behavior of water to clean up after damaging flood scenarios effectively. Call us anytime you need us at (781) 395-4444.

Where Should Air Movers Go During Medford Water Restoration?

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

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Proper Drying Tool Positioning is Important for Water Restoration in Medford Homes

One of our inventory's most powerful and effective drying tools is the high-velocity air mover. With hundreds of these implements in our supply, we can provide effective drying solutions for structures of all sizes.

The Versatility of Air Movers

Water restoration in Medford homes hinges on effective equipment. In most cases, units like our air movers are capable of addressing varying types of surface moisture concerns. We have several types of air movers:

  • Centrifugal - high-velocity units ideal for focused blasts on portions of wet surfaces. 
  • Low-Profile - centrifugal air movers are capable of reaching under fixtures, cabinets, and through flood-cut openings.
  • Axial - broader air delivery for impacting greater surface areas of moist building materials. 

Structural Cavity Drying

Low-profile units are the preferred method of infusing warm blasts of air into structural cavities where moisture or standing water are a concern. Flood cuts made to remove damaged portions of drywall and baseboard at the lower sections of wall systems provide the appropriate openings to these cavities for centrifugal air movers to impact evaporation.

Limited Power Solutions

Yet another advantage to our professionals choosing air movers to help with the evaporation and restoration needs of the household is the capabilities of linking them together. Available power can be a challenge after water or flood damage, and our portable generators and trailered units are often the epicenter of available electricity for early restoration efforts. More can be done in this effort by daisy-chaining multiple air movers together to limit the needed 110V outlets.

Unlike any other tool or machine used for water restoration and recovery efforts in homes and businesses, the air mover is among the most versatile and readily used. We rely on the capabilities of these powerful units to manage efficient evaporation. Get capable professionals and equipment to your home fast after water emergencies by calling SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444.

Mold Remediation in Everett Homes Requires Expertise

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

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Trust SERVPRO for Mold Remediation in Your Everett Home

Mold is a fungus that thrives in moisture and reproduces through invisible spores that travel through the air. Certain situations increase the possibility of mold growth, including poor ventilation and plumbing problems.

Thousands of mold species exist, and some are invisible to the naked eye. You need a competent restorer to perform mold remediation in your Everett residence. For many years, SERVPRO has provided mold remediation and cleaning services to properties of all sizes efficiently and effectively. We can treat your home for mold damage by taking these steps:

  • Visual mold inspection
  • Identifying moisture or leak problems
  • Protection of unaffected areas
  • Cleaning and decontaminating the affected areas and contents
  • Removing damaged materials
  • Applying antimicrobial products to prevent future mold infestation

Visual mold inspection

Our SERVPRO crew can identify the cause of the mold and assess the damage to determine which steps to take in removing it.

Identifying moisture or leak problems

We can use infrared cameras to see how moisture has traveled throughout your residence. The infrared camera offers a big picture of where the moisture is located.

Protection of unaffected areas

We can use negative air equipment to prevent airborne contaminants from spreading to unaffected areas during the clean-up process.

Cleaning and decontaminating the affected areas and contents

We can scrub and clean non-porous materials like glass and tile. Our SERVPRO technicians can also clean affected furniture, clothes, and curtains, among other restorable contents.

Removing damaged materials

We can remove mold-damaged porous materials like drywall, wood, and carpeting. We can seal them in 6 mil polyethylene bags to prevent the dispersal of spores and dispose of them appropriately.

Applying antimicrobial products to prevent future mold infestation

Our SERVPRO team can use antimicrobial and antifungal treatments to eradicate mold colonies and prevent new ones from forming.

When you need mold remediation services, contact SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444. We can make the mold infestation seem, “Like it never even happened.”

Hire SERVPRO to Perform Commercial Fire Restoration in Medford

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Commercial Fire Restoration in Medford Properties Calls for Expertise

I have fire and smoke damage in my commercial facility. How do I clean it up? Who can I trust to quickly restore my property to normal to avoid interruption of business activities and revenue loss?

After a fire, call SERVPRO to assist you in performing commercial fire restoration in your Medford property. We can attain controlled and professional results through pre-testing, using suitable cleaning agents for specific items, and using the right dilution ratios for mixing cleaning solutions with deodorizing agents.

Our experienced restoration team can assess the fire and smoke damage and develop a plan for restoring the affected structures and contents. Our fire restoration services include:

  • Removing and disposing of debris
  • Removing smoke residues
  • Water extraction and drying
  • Deodorization
  • Reconstruction

Removing and disposing of debris

We can remove charred structures and contents and dispose of them appropriately.

Removing smoke residues

Our SERVPRO team can use chemical sponges that are soft and dry to remove sooty residues from walls, ceilings, and other semi-porous surfaces. They clean surfaces through absorption and friction. Our restorers can press, rub, and pull the sponges across the soiled surfaces, absorbing the soils from the surfaces. The sooner we can restore these surfaces, the sooner your business can function as usual.

Water extraction and drying

The fire may have initiated the sprinkler system, or the firefighters used water to extinguish it. Our SERVPRO team can remove the water using extraction equipment. We can dry the property using air movers and low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers. In an office environment, rapid relative humidity return can lessen the potential damage to sensitive electronic equipment and books.

Deodorization

Air scrubbers outfitted with HEPA filtration units can capture airborne particles and gases, and odors. The devices draw dirty indoor air through several filters, including activated carbon, and can channel them to the exterior using negative air pressure. HEPA filters can contain particles as small as 0.3 microns in size. The activated carbon and potassium permanganate filter eliminates different types of odors and gases by attracting odor molecules to the filter through adsorption.

Call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444 for effective repairs if a fire has ruined your commercial property. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Hire Experts to Handle Storm Flood Damage in Your Medford Residence

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

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Counter Storm Flood Damage in Medford with SERVPRO's Help

Storms are a source of severe damage and loss of property to many homeowners across the country. If left unchecked for a while, the storm damage may worsen, compromising the whole structure and leading to the growth of microorganisms that pose health risks.

SERVPRO has the professional capabilities required to handle storm flood damage in Medford homes. In the unfortunate circumstance that a storm strikes, you should contact us as soon as possible to counter it before the damage intensifies. Our restoration process is as outlined below:

Damage assessment

Upon arrival, our SERVPRO team can inspect your house to determine whether we can work safely and assess how extensive the damage is.

Securing your house

If our inspection detects security deficiencies, we can take measures to correct them. For instance, if there are any openings because of fallen tree branches, we can board up the home or tarp the roof. The covering materials we use include roofing tarpaulins, exterior grade plywood, and polyethylene sheeting. We may also use roll insulation depending on the damage.

Water extraction

Our SERVPRO team can use extraction equipment to remove the water standing on the floor of your building to prevent further damage and pave the way for other restorative activities.

Disposal of damaged materials

We can sort through the affected materials and dispose of those that have been damaged beyond saving.

Drying

We can use structural cavity drying equipment to direct airflow into wall cavities and replace the moist, cool air with drier, warmer air to raise the temperatures of the affected surfaces and decrease the vapor pressure. This helps to increase the evaporation rate for quicker drying.

Cleaning, disinfection, and deodorizing

Our SERVPRO technicians can clean all the parts and items affected and remove the dirt brought in by the floodwater while also doing away with contaminants. We can disinfect your house and then apply deodorizers to remove the bad smell left behind.

SERVPRO of Medford / Everett provides efficient flood damage restoration services. Contact us at (781) 395-4444. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Offers Premier Water Cleanup in Medford

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

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What Makes SERVPRO One Of The Most Efficient Water Cleanup Companies In Medford?

While it is true that water cleanup from your Medford home requires professional equipment, it is equally important that the restorers know how to use them efficiently. SERVPRO spends a lot of time and resources to train restorers so that the equipment can produce the best possible results. 

SERVPRO techs pay close attention to every operation parameter of each equipment they use during water cleanup in Medford properties. A lot of thought is given, for instance, to decide the placement of the drying and dehumidifying equipment.    

Positioning Air Movers And Dehumidifiers During Water Damage Repairs In Medford Homes 

Air movers and dehumidifiers are two of the most important pieces of equipment to speed up the drying process of your water-damaged Medford home. SERVPRO techs consider various factors to decide the best positions to place these pieces of equipment.  

  • Positioning air movers: Techs calculate the number of air mover units required to create a vortex of circular airflow around the walls. The vortex is maintained by air movers positioned close to each wall (almost touching) and at an angle (15° angle for axial fans; 45° angle for centrifugal air movers).
  • Positioning dehumidifiers: Ideally, the SERVPRO techs put at least one dehumidifier in each room where water intrusion occurs. Techs can even strategically direct the exhaust of any of the dehumidifiers towards wet materials such as saturated cabinets or wet hardwood flooring to speed up drying. 

How Do SERVPRO Techs Handle Power Distribution To All Drying Equipment?

Some buildings may not provide enough circuits to run the required air movers and dehumidifiers. In those situations, SERVPRO techs use power distribution boxes to convert an existing 240-volt circuit into 120-volt circuits.


Call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444; we are available 24/7.

Can SERVPRO Save West Medford Homes from Fire Damage?

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Techs Clean Appliances After West Medford House Fires

A fire damage incident at your West Medford home can tarnish the surfaces of various appliances like refrigerators, ovens, and dishwashers. Professional restorers like SERVPRO use wet cleaning and polishing to remove the smoke and soot residue before they can cause any permanent damage. 

Most appliances affected by fire damage in your West Medford home that SERVPRO techs encounter are made from materials like metal, Formica, granite, and plastic. All these surfaces are non-absorbent, and consequently, techs use water-based detergent solutions to clean them. However, if heavy smoke residues are present, they can pose significant cleaning challenges.

Appliance Cleaning During House Fire Cleanup In West Medford Homes

Protein fires in the kitchen can cause the most damage to appliances in your West Medford home. Most of the residues in such fires are acidic and can cause corrosion to the metal surfaces of the appliances if not properly removed. SERVPRO techs use special alkaline detergents with a pH between 12 and 13.5 to remove acidic soils from appliance surfaces. 

Another option to clean residue from appliances is using an abrasive cream cleaner. Although it is a more aggressive cleaning method, it is the best method to remove burnt protein's yellow stains on appliances. Technicians use a '0000' steel wool pad to apply additional abrasion. 

How Do SERVPRO Techs Take Care Of Electric Components?

As most appliances operate using electricity, SERVPRO techs get them checked by an authorized electronic company once the cleaning is finished. Our techs always carry a safety check before plugging the appliance back into the electric outlet. 


If you need help restoring your fire-damaged home, call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444.

Is SERVPRO One of the Premier Mold Remediation Companies in Everett?

2/23/2022 (Permalink)

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Mold Removal Companies Like SERVPRO Can Save Everett Homes From Lasting Damage.

One of the best ways to prevent any lasting damage to your property due to mold is to involve professionals as soon as possible. Mold removal companies like SERVPRO of Everett can help you in mold inspections, remediations and removal as well. 

SERVPRO is one of Everett's most experienced mold removal companies, with highly trained experts. Our techs follow the IICRC S520 mold remediation guidelines to ensure that the process is safe and efficient. SERVPRO techs use one or all of the following IICRC recommended cleaning methods during the mold remediation process:

  • HEPA vacuuming and air washing
  • Damp wiping and ultrasonic cleaning
  • Sand, soda, and dry ice blasting

When do SERVPRO Mold Specialists Use Abrasive Cleaning Methods In Everett Homes? 

The IICRC defines abrasive methods as a cleaning method that relies on using a medium or material to dislodge mold contamination. Abrasive cleaning methods that SERVPRO techs use in Everett homes include:

  • Sanding
  • Scraping and brushing
  • Abrasive media blasting 

As abrasive methods, especially those involving abrasive blasting, tend to produce aerosolized particles, SERVPRO techs use these methods with extreme caution. We use high-volume laminar airflow chambers while using abrasive methods to prevent cross-contamination. Abrasive blasting is usually reserved for cleaning mold damage present outdoors in crawlspaces, or attics.

What If The Techs Can't Remove The Contamination? 

The IICRC guidelines suggest disposing of the contaminated material if porous with visible mold growth. In a few special circumstances, however, the guidelines allow the use of shellac or varnish to coat porous or semi-porous surfaces from which mold can't be fully removed. 


Call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444; our technicians are available round the clock to answer your questions.

Preparing for Storms and Flood Damage in West Medford

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here for West Medford Area Storm Flood Damage Calls

Flooding from storms can occur at any time, but the area of West Medford poses a unique challenge with the proximity to the coastline. With the havoc that mother nature can play at any given time along the East Coast, all residents must have a plan in place to limit flood damage and handle storms that come their way. SERVPRO is the company to call for all mitigation and restoration needs for anything that comes after a storm!

Unfortunately, floods are a frequent natural disaster, so you always need to be prepared. Rather than having immense flood damage in West Medford, there are some things you can do to get ready for a coming storm:

Before flooding occurs:

  • Secure your home by elevating essential items higher than the possible water line
  • Disconnect your electrical appliances
  • Have your utilities turned off
  • Evacuate if instructed by local authorities
  • Keep the name of a restoration team handy

During storm flooding: 

  • Listen for area warning sirens
  • Never touch electrical equipment when standing in saturated areas
  • Avoid contact with contaminated floodwaters

After a flood: 

  • Only return home after local authorities give the green light
  • Contact SERVPRO to begin the assessment for cleanup and flood damage restoration
  • Get in touch with your home insurance company to notify them of the flooding in your home

There is no flooding or water damage project that SERVPRO cannot handle. We also make your life easier by working with your insurance company to ensure all paperwork gets filled out completely. Our Green Fleet comes fully equipped with portable power and heaters to be used as needed for floods and other natural disaster events.


(781) 395-4444 is the number to call when you require assistance with flood damage after a storm. SERVPRO of Medford/Everett is available 24/7 for emergency service. We make your home “Like it never even happened.”

How Does Fire Damage Restoration for an Everett Homes Work?

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Everett Properties Get Targeted Fire Damage Restoration with SERVPRO

There are not many surfaces within your Everett property that are not impacted in some way after a fire. That is why people looking for house fire cleanup will enlist the help of trained professionals to get the job done. SERVPRO wants you to know that DIY fire cleanup can leave you with more harm than good to your building materials and contents within. With our proven methods and attention to detail, we can have your home back to the pre-fire condition in no time at all.

Once you call us for help with fire damage restoration in Everett, we arrive to evaluate the fallout of your fire emergency thoroughly. Our crew chief formulates an action plan that includes all appropriate equipment and techniques based on current conditions and the type of fire. 

Selecting Fire Cleaning Measures

We must select options most likely to help us handle stubborn soot residue without causing further damage with any fire restoration call. We also categorize your materials and contents by the cleaning methods required. The breakdown usually goes as follows:

  • Unsalvageable – These are items our team tags as unable to be cleaned and restored. According to local guidelines, any unsalvageable contents or building materials get removed and are disposed.
  • Washables – This grouping includes contents and materials that we can clean and restore using various wet methods. For wet cleaning, we use wet wiping with water-based products or immersion cleaning. Each item gets tested for color-fastness and durability before cleaning.
  • Non-Washables – This category involves anything that does not fall into the washable or wet-cleaning category above. Any non-washables must get cleaned with dry cleaning measures such as wiping, dusting, and vacuuming.


Fire damage restoration calls for a tailored approach to get your desired results. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster at SERVPRO of Medford/Everett, and you can give us a call 24/7 at (781) 395-4444.

Water Mitigation and Scoping for Medford Property Owners

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Follows Detailed Water Mitigation Steps for Best Results in Medford

Grabbing a mop and bucket for a minuscule spill works most of the time. However, larger spills and unique circumstances call for professional restoration efforts. SERVPRO is here for water removal services, but we also follow mitigation planning to help shorten the time and cost involved in your project. There is a reason why we say we can make it, “Like it never even happened.”

In Medford, part of water mitigation will be scoping your property to help us determine the right course of action. We want to ensure our customers feel at ease, including explanations of the work and how we address all contents and your structure. Some of our mitigation efforts for water cleanup services include:

  • Putting containment barriers in place to keep water from migrating into unaffected areas.
  • Determining the category of water – is it clean or contaminated?
  • Beginning water removal services with powerful pumps and extractors to pull up standing water.
  • Setting up drying equipment and dehumidifiers to address relative humidity (RH).
  • Acknowledging any possible safety hazards.
  • Using moisture detection tools to ensure nothing gets left behind. 

Why is Water Mitigation Important?

Before any property can get restored, you have to mitigate the damage. While mitigation focuses on extraction, there is also the need to handle any leftover moisture that could bring secondary damage or the development of black mold. SERVPRO is your one-stop team for all of your assessment, mitigation, extraction, drying, and restoration needs. We tailor each project to the customer and property to get the best, most affordable result. 


There is nothing like the water mitigation and restoration efforts you will experience when hiring SERVPRO of Medford/Everett. Request assistance online or give us a call at (781) 395-4444, and someone can set up your service and deploy our Green Fleet to your door. Let us make it Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

What Issues Does Water Damage Restoration Address in Everett Properties?

1/16/2022 (Permalink)

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Assistance From Ensures Water Restoration Fixes Major and Minor Damages

Your property can flood with water for various reasons, including a roof leak, burst pipe, window leak, or faulty appliance releasing water suddenly or over an extended period. Taking the appropriate water damage restoration steps can help control the situation.

Apart from the inconveniences of an inundated property, water causes many other problems. Water damage restoration helps Everett homeowners address these problems restoring preloss conditions. You might require assistance from a professional such as SERVPRO to realize the best outcome.

Some of the problems water restoration can address include:

  • Drying wet structural materials and contents
  • Fixing temporary wood deformation
  • Removing stains and blemishes
  • Eliminating odors

Although reversing all problems caused by water exposure is not achievable through extraction alone, water restoration takes care of several problems differently. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect your property and establish which materials can be restored through drying. Floor materials like carpets and wooden floorboards can be saved through timely water removal and drying. Drying is also essential when dealing with upholstery. Other materials such as insulation, pads, and soggy sheetrock are unsalvageable, and removal is the only option.

Water causes physical changes in materials, such as swelling in wood. Furniture, floorboards, and structural supports are vulnerable to this problem.  If managed properly and in good time, it is possible to avoid permanent damage. Our SERVPRO technicians have the specialized skills to handle such restoration. 

Various procedures help restore swollen wood, including:

  • Using drying chambers for controlled drying
  • Removing some planks if the wood is packed tightly
  • Sanding away imperfections after drying 

SERVPRO of Medford / Everett is used to handle water damage restoration exercises, thus addressing any moisture-related issue in a property, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (781) 395-4444.

Is It Safe to Occupy a Medford House During Fire Damage Restoration?

1/8/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Incorporates Safety in All Aspects of Fire Restoration for the Homeowner's Benefit

After a fire incident, your home is a hotspot for health and environmental hazards. Harmful aerosols and residues remain suspended in the air while deteriorating structural elements risk collapse. Therefore, occupying your Medford house before it is fully restored may not seem viable.

Although moving out to pave the way for fire damage restoration at your Medford property guarantees your safety, it has some disadvantages, too, like footing the cost of alternative accommodation. SERVPRO bridges the gap by finding ways to address the safety issues so that you can use your property before complete restoration.

Some steps that help guarantee safety and comfort include:

  • Erecting containment barriers isolating damaged areas
  • Ventilating the property to remove particulate residues from the air
  • Using masking agents to counter foul odor

In the aftermath of small fires like stove flare-ups or spontaneous combustion of appliances, the main problem in the house is the pungent stench emitted by oily or plastic residues, which make it uncomfortable to stay in most sections of the house. With the assistance of our SERVPRO fire restoration technicians, a bad smell should not keep you out of your home for long. We set up airtight barriers using plastic sheets on all openings connecting the source areas to the rest of the house. Time-release masking agents help manage odors in the rest of the house.

Addressing hazards to guarantee your safety may require more work. However, help from SERVPRO also addresses these issues. Inspecting the property helps identify all possible hazards then our technicians can find ways to fix them, including structural reinforcement and utility shutdown.

Typical hazards after fire loss include:

  • Frayed electrical cables
  • Collapsing fixtures like ceilings, stairs, or cabinets
  • Damaged utilities, including HVAC systems

SERVPRO of Medford / Everett not only helps with fire damage restoration but looks for ways to keep homeowners comfortable. Call us at (781) 395-4444. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Are Ice Dams and How Can I Prevent Water Damage from them in Medford?

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO storm and flood damage restoration services for your home are what you need. We use the latest technology and equipment for every project.

If Prevention Tactics Fail, Call on SERVPRO for Water Damage Repairs in Medford

The wintertime presents some unique threats to your building as far as property damage claims go. Most know that if it gets cold enough, the water supply lines running through your dwelling can freeze, crack, and leak. Ice dams can also form after a heavy snowstorm and cause your roof to leak when water cannot drain into your gutters. However, one of the main culprits of problems with your home is that many go on vacation during the winter holidays and are not home when a disaster strikes.

When frozen pipes and ice damming occur in Medford, the issues can worsen if no action is taken promptly. The longer your roof or a broken water line leaks, the more items the moisture can damage in your home. And, if your contents or building materials that contain paper or wood stay wet for more than two days, mold can form.

Since mold can cause health effects, it is wise to ask for help from a professional restoration company like SERVPRO. When working on any restoration project, our primary goal is to take steps that prevent secondary damage (like mold problems) from occurring. Whenever water leaks into your house, we can help you out by providing the following services after an emergency strikes:

  • Emergency Extraction Services
  • Water Removal
  • Reduce Relative Humidity with Dehumidifiers
  • Water Damage Repairs and Debris Removal
  • Prompt Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
  • Black Mold Inspections and Treatment
  • Attic and Bathroom Mold Remediation
  • Restorative Carpet Cleaning

Ice dams can cause a slew of issues if you do not catch them before moisture starts to leak into your attic. If you see a large number of icicles on one section of your roof, it is wise to try to break the ice so that the moisture does not back up and get under your shingles.

Wintertime disasters can become much easier for you to handle if you call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444.

Expert Flood Damage Assistance Gets Your Medford Property Back to Normal After a Storm

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

flood waters in room SERVPRO uses EPA-registered biocides for all storm damage mitigation services. We are here to help.

Medford Residents Look to SERVPRO for Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration Efforts

Whenever heavy rains develop during a stormfront in Medford, you do not want water to infiltrate and leave standing water inside your home or garage. Any water emergency opens up the possibility for immense secondary damage. Water migration sends water into various cavities like behind walls and baseboards or under your flooring. Rather than trying to tackle the pressure of water cleanup on your own, SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day!

To deal with storm flood damage in Medford, SERVPRO crafts a targeted approach based on your property and the level of water infiltration. During a full water damage assessment, the crew chief takes a look, determining content saturation, contaminants, and more. A detailed evaluation allows us to pick out the best tools and cleaning agents to allow the best results from our water removal services.

Some of the equipment you may notice the water restoration technicians (WRT) using on your property includes:

  • Submersible pumps and portable extractors to allow the team to get into various spaces
  • Truck-mounted extractors that pull out 100s of gallons of water with a lift capacity that begins at 185 inches
  • Equipment that we can fit with tools, attachments, and added weight to help us pull out more water and reach our goals faster
  • Dehumidification equipment, industrial fans, and moisture detection tools to rid the space of moisture
  • EPA-registered cleaning agents and antimicrobials to eliminate foul odors and ensure all surface areas are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

SERVPRO of Medford/Everett is the team you want onsite when you have flood damage after a storm. Call (781) 395-4444 24/7 to dispatch our Green Fleet to your location to begin water removal and restoration work.

Why is Commercial Cleaning Important for Medford Businesses and Public Transportation?

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

Here to Help Commercial damage restoration is a job for SERVPRO. We have the manpower and equipment for every size disaster. We are here to help.

SERVPRO Features Commercial Cleaning Products and Equipment to Ensure Deep Clean Results at Your Medford Property

Millions of microscopic bacteria give you millions of reasons why it is better to trust professionals when your Medford business requires a deep clean. You may have heavy traffic areas or want to ensure that everyone who enters your building gets a fresh, clean environment to experience. Whenever there are moisture, grime, and odor challenges that go above the level that your janitorial team can handle, you need SERVPRO to get it done for you. Salem Hospital and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) trust us with their cleaning needs, and so can you!

Why hire commercial cleaning in Medford when you have a team that tackles vacuuming, dusting, and surface wipe downs? SERVPRO wants property owners to know that while this is excellent for keeping your interior looking nice, it does not touch a lot of the hidden bacteria and grime that may be lurking. Our team brings:

The type of cleaning project we formulate for your Medford business depends on what you need. We are available for emergency cleanings or scheduled cleaning to ensure each surface and room in your building is clean from floor to ceiling. Our crew can take the time to sanitize surfaces with EPA-registered cleaning agents or go further to address the air ducts for your HVAC system to eliminate musty, stale odors.

Get that Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned result with:

  • Steam cleaning of your carpets and upholstery
  • Sanitizing all surfaces like common areas and high-touch handles and keypads
  • Floor to ceiling cleaning and disinfection

Did you know that we have odor control technicians (OCT) on our crew to lower or eliminate odors? Our team at SERVPRO of Medford/Everett will have your answer for an all-in-one commercial cleaning that brings your business to the next level. Call for information or to schedule a crew at (781) 395-4444.

Everett Businesses Benefit from Professional Commercial Cleaning Efforts

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

Call now! SERVPRO commercial damage restoration services are here to help 24/7 365 days a year. Call now!

SERVPRO Tackles a Variety of Commercial Cleaning Needs to Give you Peace of Mind in Everett

Whether you run a hair salon, bookstore, or restaurant, commercial settings need more than a regular mopping and surface cleaning once a week. Whenever you have heavy foot traffic around the entrance to your Everett business that serves the public, all surfaces, including furnishings and fixtures, benefit significantly from a professional cleaning. Even if you have a regular maintenance crew on-staff or a team that comes in once a week, SERVPRO features commercial cleaning techniques and certified technicians to take it to the next level.

When it comes to commercial cleaning for Everett businesses, SERVPRO brings various techniques and products to the project, all depending on what you need as the client. We have skilled technicians that have access to exclusive cleaning agents, including specialized antibacterial, hospital-grade cleaners.

Why hire disinfecting companies that offer deep-clean services?

  • You can target high-traffic areas for cleaning, including hallways and entryways
  • Carpet fibers may get matted down with grime, meaning regular vacuuming will not get them clean enough
  • Spray shampoos can also leave stubborn residues that attract oils and dirt, thus making the carpet look even worse
  • Professional commercial cleaning brings hot water extraction and powerful cleaning agents that release the tough grip grime has on upholstery and carpet fibers
  • Clean instruments, devices, and equipment can last longer

Going into cold and flu season, it is more important than ever to diligently sanitize high-traffic and high-touch areas of your business. Frequent wiping helps to limit the spread of viruses, flu, and colds. The technicians at SERVPRO take the time to apply sanitizing solutions to handles, countertops, keypads, light switches, and other areas to give your business the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal of approval!

Whether you need to schedule regular commercial cleaning or the need arises for emergency cleaning, SERVPRO of Medford/Everett is the team to call. Reach us for questions or to schedule a visit by dialing (781) 395-4444.

SERVPRO's Large Loss Team Handles Commercial Damage Emergencies

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

poly barrier with access strip Erection of containment barriers prevent cross-contamination in Boston area medical facilities during water damage recovery

Fast-Acting Large Loss Restorers Help a Damaged Building

Clean and sanitary environments are a staple of locations like this biomedical facility in the Boston area. When a water and flood damage event happened simultaneously, responding SERVPRO technicians focused on the pressing needs like extraction, equipment protection and relocation, and the safety and wellbeing of the staff and patients.

SERVPRO Here to Help

Infiltrating floodwater introduced contaminants and heightened the possibilities of microbial growth. Hundreds of HEPA 500 air scrubbers and other filtration equipment were used to prevent microbial circulation and regulate conditions within established work areas where barriers were erected. Containment helped to:

Large Loss Equipment at Work

Polypropylene sheeting as containment walls improved the efficiencies of drying measures. Two trailered desiccant dehumidifiers pulled moist air from the facility and introduced warm, dry air exhausted into the building to decrease evaporation time.

Our SERVPRO of Medford / Everett team can show We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster no matter the threat. Call us today at (781) 395-4444.

What are the Risks of Medford Sewage Flood Damage Cleanup?

11/13/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO storm sign Sewage issues from a storm or flooding is a job for SERVPRO. Our technicians are trained and experienced in all phases of storm damage mitigation.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Comprehensive Water Damage Training to Work Safely and Professionally Restore Medford Properties

When floodwater enters a Medford property, the situation is critical. If the water also contains sewage, the scenario needs professional help for the cleanup and restoration.

Self-cleaning flood damage in a Medford home is not advisable. The presence of harmful bacteria, raw sewage, and chemicals can all present dangers to anyone that comes into contact with the water without wearing protective clothing and equipment. This water can contain a host of diseases, including hepatitis A and encephalitis. The smell of this type of floodwater is enough to make most people steer clear.  SERVPRO techs have the equipment to handle this type of water cleanup safely.

While floodwater may recede as rapidly as it enters a residential property, it is vital to determine where the water migrated to within the home. SERVPRO technicians have several types of equipment for identifying and tracking water migration within a structure. Just because there is no standing water in a hallway does not mean moisture did not wind up elsewhere within the house. Common places that water collects in a property are:

Mold can compound the water damage cleanup efforts as quickly as 24 hours after the floodwater enters the property if the conditions are right. Once a colony establishes itself, the infestation can spread rapidly across surfaces. SERVPRO technicians have extensive training for handling mold damage in a home as part of a water cleanup job. The use of antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealants and render the mold a non-issue quickly.

SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444 supports the local Medford community with 24/7 availability for any needed flood damage cleanup and restoration in residential and commercial properties.

What are the Benefits of Commercial Cleaning Medford Properties?

11/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO technicians have the manpower and equipment for any size commercial damage restoration service.

SERVPRO Technicians Bring Professional Equipment and Methods to Medford Commercial Properties

Many Medford commercial properties utilize a local janitorial crew to keep up with removing dirt, grime, and dust. The first impression of clients should be of a clean and professional-looking building. Also, employees need a healthy environment to work within.

Every commercial property in Medford benefits from a deep cleaning from floor to ceiling. In particular, areas with heavy foot traffic with carpet can get refreshed through steam cleaning. The hot water extraction units force hot water into the fibers and then pull the dirt and grime out. Other methods of cleaning carpets can leave residues that attract dirt and dust and wind up making the fibers look filthy.

SERVPRO technicians have more than 100 professional cleaning solutions to choose from. The reason is that the technicians have comprehensive training to pair the right cleaning method with the surface or article getting cleaned to ensure that surfaces or materials do not get marred or damaged.

Meeting areas such as conference rooms may not get used daily but should look clean and professional. A sample deep cleaning job for a conference room might include:

  • Steam cleaning carpets, upholstery, and window treatments
  • Sanitizing high touch surfaces 
  • Cleaning tables and other furnishings with surface-appropriate solutions 

Sanitizing the high-touch common areas within commercial properties can assist in limiting the spread of cold, flu, and other illnesses. SERVPRO relies on EPA-registered cleaning solutions for all areas both employees and clients may visit on the premises, including restrooms. The technicians have experience handling extreme high traffic areas like the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Salem Hospital.

SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444 handles commercial cleaning for Medford properties with the highest professional care and detailing, and expert cleaning services are available 24/7.

Need to Know How to Get Fire Damage Restoration in Medford After a House Fire?

10/26/2021 (Permalink)

fireman in kitchen fire Fire damage restoration for your kitchen is a job for SERVPRO. We use the latest equipment and technology.

SERVPRO Responds Rapidly and Maintains the Highest Standards for House Fire Cleanup Service to the Medford Area

Seeing a Medford property in need of house fire cleanup can feel overwhelming for homeowners. A fire is disruptive, costly, and destructive to daily life and the home and contents. Getting professional assistance can improve the outcome potentially.

Fire damage restoration in Medford, homes performed by SERVPRO gets detailed attention to the many issues caused by a house fire. Some of the biggest trouble spots in a home include:

  • Water damage from extinguishing efforts
  • Soot on the interior and contents
  • Structural damage that needs temporary repairs to inhibit further damage from happening

After contacting their insurance agent, the next phone call should be to SERVPRO to start the restoration and repair service. The trained and certified technicians work with the insurance company and ensure that actions taken during the cleanup are done within the scope of coverage, so there are no surprise expenses during the restoration service.

SERVPRO advises homeowners not to enter their property post-fire without the consent of the fire department. One of the biggest reasons is the potential for reigniting flames and structural damage that can cause injuries such as a wall or ceiling collapse. Also, foodstuffs should not be consumed if they were in the vicinity of the fire as soot particles can enter even sealed jars, and toxic fumes or heat can ruin food items, including those in the freezer or refrigerator.

As far as turning on lights in the home, check with the fire department before doing so; it may not be safe in some cases. SERVPRO does not need working electricity to handle the fire damage restoration services; the techs bring generators to power their equipment.

SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444 brings fire damage restoration services to Medford properties and is available 24/7.

What Do Quality Everett Water Restoration Companies Like SERVPRO Do?

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

water covering the tile floor in a house Water damage can quickly catch you off guard. Contact SERVPRO for water damage restoration after an event in your home. We are standing by 24/7.

They Perform Various Water Restoration Services to Remediate Your Everett Home.

When a water-related event impacts your home, it may require any of a number of emergency water damage services. These could range from basic cleanup efforts to extensive structural repairs and reconstructions.

Your neighborhood SERVPRO has a team of professionals trained to perform nearly every remediation task imaginable. A brief listing of their Everett water restoration offerings includes:

  • Water removal services
  • Basement flooding cleanup
  • Repairs of burst pipes and ceiling leaks
  • Water damage repairs
  • Home interior drying
  • Mold removal and home deodorization

Whatever kind of water damage your residence suffers, our highly skilled and experienced technicians are likely able to clean up. Moreover, they can often restore your home to its pre-water event state much faster than other remediation companies, which saves you both time and money in the long run.

With all that said, whenever water damages your residence and you require damage cleanup and water restoration services, know that help is available nearby. Call SERVPRO of Medford/Everett at (781) 395-4444 for assistance.

What Are Top Fire Safety and Prevention Tips for Medford Property Owners?

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

a fireman looking into a house that is on fire Fire safety and prevention are critical things to plan for in your home with family members. Contact SERVPRO should your home be affected by a fire.

SERVPRO recommends safety planning in Medford during October's Annual Fire Prevention Week

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designated the second week of October as Fire Prevention Week in 1922, becoming a national observance in 1925. Initially commemorating the Great Chicago Fire in October of 1871, today's yearly event in communities across the country like Medford stresses proactive fire safety and prevention strategies.

Why Are Fire Prevention and Safety Plans Critical for Medford Residents and Businesses?

Most Medford residents and business owners know in theory that fire can be devastating in terms of property damage, personal injury, and fatalities. Understanding that the consequences of a household or commercial blaze can happen anywhere and to anyone is vital to bringing "home" the message that families and companies must prepare for the worst now. Current research shows:

  • Cooking accidents are the #1 cause of home fires.
  • Fewer than half of all households have a fire escape plan.
  • Nearly 3 of 5 home fire deaths occur in dwellings with absent or non-functioning smoke alarms.
  • Smoke inhalation is the cause of 80 percent of fire-related deaths. 
  • Roughly 60% of property owners or renters fail to test their smoke and CO alarms monthly.

What Are the Essentials of a Fire Prevention and Safety Plan?

Every home and business in Medford needs to develop a personalized safety and fire prevention plan. At a minimum, include the following:

  • Install enough smoke alarms for your space, testing them monthly and replacing batteries yearly.
  • The 2021 NFPA theme is "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!" -- teach everyone on the property what smoke alarms sound like and the next steps after they engage. 
  • Learn how to operate a fire extinguisher safely.
  • If fire strikes, teach all to GET OUT, STAY OUT, and CALL 9-1-1.
  • Go outside right away without collecting belongings, using stairs instead of elevators.
  • Plan and communicate two ways to escape from every room and area of a residence or commercial building --use the second route if smoke blocks the primary route or doors are warm to touch.
  • Stay low if you encounter smoke to your exit and close doors as you move.
  • If you cannot use your exit routes, stay put, closing doors and placing a wet towel under doors. 
  • If trapped, open a window and wave a cloth or flashlight as a help signal.
  • Establish a meeting spot outside of your home or business after evacuation.
  • Ensure that all building occupants know whom to contact if people are not at the meeting spot, including calling 9-1-1.
  • Perform a fire drill at least twice yearly for your property and fine-tune your plan if needed.
  • Teach the concept of STOP, DROP and ROLL if clothing catches fire.

Depend on the experts at SERVPRO of Medford / Everett to mitigate, remediate, and restore fire damage to your home or business. Consider talking with us even before a fire happens to discuss prevention and safety strategies.Contact us 24/7 at (781) 395-4444 to schedule a post-blaze assessment.

How Can Commercial Property Owners in Medford Prepare for Water and Fire Damage Mitigation and Remediation?

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

a pot with fire over it that is catching everything else on fire Does your business have a plan for fire and subsequent water damage emergencies with SERVPRO? Call today to discuss with us.

Partner with SERVPRO to create an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for water and fire disasters in your Medford business

Business owners understand the importance of seeking reliable and reputable assistance for issues outside of a company’s areas of expertise. Water and fire disasters affecting Medford commercial property are the perfect time to ally with restoration professionals experienced in responding to extensive damage.

Are There Benefits to  a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile and Plan (ERP)?

The SERVPRO team is highly skilled in managing both water and fire damage restorations in Medford, an excellent fit for both the planning and execution of our innovative Emergency READY Profile (ERP). Working with an experienced SERVPRO project manager, develop a personalized response agenda that combines effective and creative fire and water damage solutions with strategies that permit the continuation of at least partial business operations during the mitigation and remediation phases.

How Do Business Owners and SERVPRO Collaborate on a Water and Fire ERP?

The first step is inviting SERVPRO to do a walk-through of your facilities. Our managers look for potentially hazardous spaces and building conditions that would benefit from adaptations making them less risky. Follow our recommendations to limit exposure to damage and to work shutdowns that could affect your business health. Nearly 50 percent of commercial endeavors find it impossible to reopen after a temporary closure to cope with a fire or water disaster. Instead, make proactive changes and help SERVPRO develop a concise digital document that:

  • Lays out your commercial campus’ blueprint, including the location of utility shut-offs, lines, and other systems
  • Clarifies the steps needed to protect vulnerable equipment and documents and to allow a portion of your space to remain accessible to your staff and possibly your customers during recovery phase operations
  • Organizes the efforts any SERVPRO crew takes to mitigate and remediate water and fire damage and soiling 

Does the Business Owner Have Genuine Input During the ERP Creation?

No one knows your business better, so we urge you to use our mobile ERP app to add and update details. Confirm that SERVPRO is your restorer of choice and share contact information for the vendors and contractors who fitted your business with equipment and systems. Designate trusted individuals as agents if you are unavailable during any portion of the fire or water disaster to minimize delays.

Join forces with SERVPRO of Medford / Everett to prepare for commercial water or fire disasters using our ERP process. Schedule an initial appointment by calling (781) 395-4444.

Can Exposed Beams Be Saved From Fire Damage in Parkland?

9/16/2021 (Permalink)

Firemen putting out fire Day or Night, SERVPRO Can Arrive for Fire Damage Emergencies in the Everett Area.

SERVPRO Provides Fire and Smoke Damage Services in Everett That Can Save Structural Elements

Even small fires can cause large amounts of damage in homes. Many rustic homes have exposed beams as part of the architectural beauty. Smoke residue can damage the beams, but SERVPRO can often restore the beams to preloss conditions.

Removing Soot from Exposed Beams

Homes with wood elements are lovely. If your home has exposed beams and a fire has occurred, you may be wondering if they need to get replaced. Charring can occur, and smoke residue can embed itself into the wood. You need professional fire and smoke damage assistance in Everett to give you back your home. 

Restoring Exposed Beams with Dry Ice Blasting

Wood needs a gentle, non-abrasive method to clean the surface without damaging it further. Dry ice blasting is excellent for this. C02 pellets get used to remove charring and soot. The pellets dissipate once they hit the surface. Most of the time, there is no need to use scrapers, steel brushes, or other harsh agitative methods. The benefits of dry ice blasting include:

  • Environmentally Friendly – the process is non-toxic.
  • No Waste Disposal – No dust or debris to clean up with this method.
  • No Water Used – Avoiding pressure washing means no water gets introduced to the scene.
  • Cleanup is Easy – Any soot that falls to the floor gets easily removed.
  • Money & Time Saver – The method is quick, which reduces the labor cost.

SERVPRO of Medford / Everett provides smoke restoration services that can return your home to preloss condition in preloss condition. You can reach us at (781) 3895-4444 for more information.

Does a Medford Home Need Decontaminated After Flash Flooding?

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Boots in flood water SERVPRO technicians come equipped with state of the art equipment and skill to wipe out any trace of flood damage in your property.

SERVPRO’s Trained Biohazard Team Can Mitigate Flood Damage in Medford Homes

Flash flooding can occur anywhere, at any time. When those floods come surging through residential areas, it brings all kinds of debris and contamination. Blackwater like this requires professional mitigation to ensure everyone’s safety.

Contaminated Water Can Be Deadly

When flood damage in Medford involves black water, it is a serious problem. Floodwater surges through the town, along streets, and over commercial areas. By the time it reaches the home, it has picked up bacteria, chemicals, and debris. Standing water quickly turns into a breeding ground for many microbes. Homeowners should never attempt to clean up black water. The proper PPE and equipment are needed to get the job done safely and efficiently.

How Does SERVPRO Handle Cleanup

Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified technicians are also the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the American Bio-Recovery Association (ABRA) certified. They know what is needed to deal with biohazardous material. Our cleaning products are powerful and designed to battle all types of contamination. One of the ones we use often is SERVPROXIDE. SERVPROXIDE is:

  • Fragrant free – which is great for anyone sensitive to smells
  • A stabilized chlorine dioxide-based antimicrobial
  • Registered with the EPA as A proprietary hospital-grade disinfectant
  • Has the lowest toxicity rating of the EPA

Flood water is not to be taken lightly. The contaminated water can be deadly to your family. To ensure your home is safe from hazardous material, contact SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444.

A Medford Cookie Shop Caught Fire – What Happens Next?

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo over fire If your business property experiences a fire, call in the professionals at SERVPRO. We are here to help.

SERVPRO’s Technicians Work Fast To Mitigate Fire Damage in Medford Businesses

Who doesn’t love cookies? You depend on that fact that many people do to keep your cookie business flourishing. When a fire happens in your baking area, it can shut the business down for days. That means a loss of revenue for you. Quick action is needed to get your shop open and the cookies baking again.

SERVPRO Helps Local Companies Get Back to Business

A professional fire damage service in Medford is what is needed to get things back to normal. Our technicians are experts at restoring the content of a business. If it can get salvaged, our techs can do it. The fire restoration process includes basic steps no matter the size of the fire. Those steps include:

  • Assessing the damage with an initial scope
  • Removed charred remains and unsalvageable debris
  • Water extraction if needed
  • Soot and odor mitigation
  • Cleaning the premises and the content
  • Fire restoration and repair steps

We Work With You

SERVPRO’s professional fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) work with business owners to determine the best mitigation efforts to rebuild the business. We want you to bake cookies as soon as possible. We love cookies and know your customers do too.

The Key is Rapid Intervention

Our rapid response minimizes damage and prevents even worse loss. The foul odors are one of the biggest problems with any fire, and we tackle that immediately. Smoke residue can permeate furniture, walls, and fixtures. Soot needs to get removed as soon as possible because it can damage whatever it touches. For professional fire damage services, contact SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444.

Everett Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Effective Water Mitigation of Their Homes  

8/14/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Water damage restoratio0n services by SERVPRO are second to none. Our IICRC certified technicians are ready at a moment's notice.

Water Mitigation Must be Done Promptly in Everett Homes

Water mitigation of your Everett home involves multiple steps that ensure no secondary damage occurs to the building. If the process is not done correctly, your home can face long-term issues that can be costlier to repair. SERVPRO can help you prevent this from happening by offering a fast, multi-faceted water damage restoration.  

What makes SERVPRO so efficient in the water mitigation of Everett homes is our scientific approach to the process. Our IICRC certified experts use meticulous planning during water damage restoration. SERVPRO experts use state-of-the-art equipment to dry the structure and contents as soon as possible to minimize the exposure time of moisture. 

Why is it Difficult to Dry Some Materials in Your Everett Home During Water Cleanup Than Others? 

Porous materials such as carpets and gypsum boards (drywall) have a high permeability to water. Such materials in your Everett home are notoriously difficult to dry. SERVPRO techs need to modify the temperature and humidity conditions to get such materials to dry quickly. 

On the other hand, vapor barriers, such as vinyl wallpaper, gloss, and semi-gloss paints, are practically impermeable to moisture. Consequently, they can't hold much moisture and dry quickly.   

When SERVPRO techs prepare a water mitigation plan, they consider how different material in your home interacts with water. Various dehumidifying and air-moving equipment are placed strategically to enhance the evaporation rate from multiple surfaces. 

Call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444; our experts are available round the clock for consultation. 

What makes SERVPRO one of the Most Trusted Mold Removal Companies in Medford? 

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

mold behind base board Mold infestation is no DIY project. Call the professional team of SERVPRO for fast and immediate mold remediation services.

Medford Homeowners Prefer SERVPRO Over Other Mold Removal Companies

One of the most disturbing things about mold is the sheer speed at which it can spread if left unremediated. Professional mold removal companies like SERVPRO can help control the situation in your Medford home using modern technology and a scientific approach. 

SERVPRO's quick response time coupled with IICRC certified technicians makes it one of Medford's highly rated mold removal companies. While dealing with mold damage, time is of the essence, and the quicker our mold specialists can get to work, the easier it becomes to remedy the situation. One of the priorities of SERVPRO's technicians is to limit the spread of mold spores throughout the property. We establish containment zones with negative air pressure to ensure that the airborne spores don't escape unaffected areas. 

Can SERVPRO Handle Black Mold Growing in My Medford Property? 

SERVPRO is one of the few mold remediation companies that do not scare their customers about black mold. It is true that mold can cause health effects, black mold is not particularly more or less dangerous than other types of mold found in your Medford home. 

Safety is the top priority of SERVPRO technicians, and hence, our technicians work with a full personal protection kit equipped with HEPA filter respirators. We work closely with Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) professionals and Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEP) when dealing with commercial or health-oriented businesses.

If you discover mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444 for expert mold Inspection, remediation, and removal. 

Medford Homes Need Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Fire damage to your home is no easy task. Call SERVPRO for the fire damage mitigation services needed for your home.

Need Fast and Efficient Fire Damage Remediation for Your Medford Home? Call SERVPRO

You need skilled SERVPRO technicians with their professional-grade equipment for a fast and efficient fire damage restoration of your Medford home. Any negligence can permanently ruin the aesthetics and can even compromise the structural integrity of the building.  

SERVPRO technicians use several cleaning methods to remove soot and residue after fire damage to your Medford home. The cleaning method used depends on several factors, such as the nature of the residue, the nature of the surface, and the intensity of the damage. SERVPRO restorers use their extensive training and scientific knowledge to eliminate the residue without harming the surface underneath.     

What Are Some Methods SERVPRO Techs Use to Clean Contents in Fire Damaged Homes in Medford?

Getting rid of the layer of soot and residue from the contents of your fire-damaged Medford home requires the correct type of cleaning products, equipment, and patience. 

Some residues are easier to clean than others. For instance, SERVPRO techs spray an aqueous or a solvent-based cleaning agent and wipe the surface with a towel to clean dry smoke residue. When it comes to the oily residue, however, things are not that easy. Abrasive materials such as pads and steel wool are needed to dislodge such residues before being wiped away. Solvents, often containing petroleum-based ingredients, can loosen the soiling before abrasive action is taken, if still needed. 

For contents that can withstand water, SERVPRO techs use equipment called a bath sonicator. It generates millions of tiny bubbles with the help of high-frequency sound waves that create a scrubbing action when they implode.  

Call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444 for any size fire disaster management. 

Property Owners Can Seek Help from Restorers to Deal with Flood Damage in Everett

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

IICRC logo IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians assure a comprehensive flood damage restoration for our Everett customers

Storm Damage in Everett Needs SERVPRO Cleanup and Restoration

Storms can happen at any time, and the resulting destruction can be devastating, leaving homeowners in a state of emergency. The National Weather Service reports that the U.S.A endures 100,000 thunderstorms and 1,000 tornadoes every year. Storm flood damage can impact your family and the need for emergency aid. Floodwater can ruin your home and personal belongings fast as water pools in flooring. It can also ruin assemblies, appliances, carpets, and furniture. SERVPRO can assist you in restoring your home after flood damage.

The longer you leave floodwater standing, the more water damage occurs. To handle storm flood damage in Everett, we can use different equipment such as portable or truck-mounted pumps. We also use air movers and dehumidifiers to dry low evaporation materials such as hardwood flooring once the pooling water has been extracted.

Our team has adequate experience and ready to help you. We are proud to have many crew members with IICRC certifications in water and structural damage restoration. SERVPRO’s core values are vital to us as we operate our daily business. Our values include:

  • Well priced
  • Reliability
  • Honesty
  • Superior customer service reliable

Our SERVPRO team knows how to operate equipment properly while adhering to the instructions of the manufacturer of each device and OSHA and EPA guidelines. For instance, our restorers know how to vent the wet reactivation air of the desiccant outside the structure so that the humidity inside is decreased.

When you need flood restoration services in Everett, call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444 for efficient restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Why Should Property Owners Hire Professionals to Handle Water Damage Restoration in Everett?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

lgr dehumidifier Homeowners rely on SERVPRO for water damage mitigation for their Everett homes. We have advanced equipment like this LGR dehumidifier

Certified Restorers Like SERVPRO Have Expertise in Performing Water Damage Mitigation

Water intrusion in buildings is destructive. After some hours, excessive moisture can cause mold growth or other issues within indoor environments. Without correct water removal, drying and decontamination, many long-term effects can occur in a house, leading to exacerbated damage and possible health effects.

SERVPRO takes any kind of water ingress seriously. Efficient water damage restoration in Everett is an essential part of recovery when a business or home is affected. The intervention needs to be effective and prompt. Acting within the first 24 to 48 hours is essential to reduce the potential long-and short-term effects of water intrusion.

Water damage mitigation involves more than cleaning and drying a property. Our SERVPRO team considers many other factors such as:

  • Determining the severity of property damage
  • Treating porous materials like drywall and carpet
  • Decontamination affected materials
  • Evaluating replacement versus restoration expenses

Water damage repair should be carried out as fast and as efficiently as possible. When water sits in a property for lengthy periods, the risk of damage to contents and microbial growth increases. Dry air is vital when it comes to drying damp materials. When an airspace is dry, the amount of water vapor in the air is lower. Our SERVPRO team can reduce humidity by ventilation and dehumidification. We can use refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers to dry your property. These tools are energy efficient, and they minimize the relative humidity in the air.

Water damage, when more than just a simple spill, is a severe threat to your home, and if you do not handle it, it can lead to problems. After such an incident, call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444 for efficient recovery. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Which Firm Offers Efficient Fire Damage Restoration in Medford?

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

sooty wall, by socket, fire damage SERVPRO offers advanced devices and products for cleaning soot-stained homes in Medford--without demolition

SERVPRO Is the Right Company to Hire When You Need Fire Damage Mitigation in Medford

As a homeowner, you need to take immediate action after a fire loss, whether the blaze is minor or devastating. This can prevent further damage to your home and belongings. Our SERVPRO team can secure your home and complete fire damage reconstruction. We can take care of your rugs, furniture, and other items for maximum recovery.

After a fire damages your Medford home, soot and smoke can reach in different places, including inside walls, which seem unharmed, and inside the ductwork. Smoke can even make its way into computers, appliances, and stereos, among other electronics exacerbating the damage. Soot is staining, acidic and corroding metals, among other porous items. The other issues that can happen within a few days if you do not address the situation include:

  • Permanently yellowed walls
  • Permanently stained upholstery
  • The need to replace vinyl flooring

SERVPRO can remove soot and smoke using specialized cleaning techniques and solutions. Smoke residues contain solid particles that consist mostly of carbon. We can use vacuums to remove dry particles which are loosely attached to surfaces. Special chemical sponges can remove dry, non-oily soot from porous and non-porous surfaces.

The other essential service we offer is odor removal. Odor-causing compounds can penetrate deeply into surfaces, and the wrong procedures can force it deeper. Our SERVPRO restorers can use ultra-low volume foggers to atomize liquid deodorizing agents to produce a fine mist that penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate.

Call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444 for efficient mitigation and recovery when you need fire damage restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Business Owners Should Be in a Rush to Handle Water Mitigation in Medford

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

water drops on a keyboard When more than a keyboard in your Medford offices is water damaged, Call SERVPRO for cleanup and mitigation

Even a Small Water Cleanup Situation in Medford Business Requires a Fast Response

Damaged pipes are a leading cause of water damage that can wreak havoc in your commercial property. The first order of business is to clean it up and restore it to its preloss condition. However, you need the help of an experienced restorer like SERVPRO to help you minimize the damage.

The availability of SERVPRO restorers

Our team of commercial water cleanup experts in Medford can work hard to keep your business open during the restoration process. Since water damage in your commercial property can happen anytime and without warning, our team is always available around the clock to help you handle the situation. The unfortunate event can be disastrous to a business owner who now must clean up the mess and get their firm back up and running as quickly as possible. Our SERVPRO team can help you handle the following:

  • Contaminated water and sewage backups: Flooding and sewage backups can cause health effects due to microbes and debris. Our restorers can use antimicrobials to disinfect affected surfaces in your business.
  • Drying and Dehumidification: Since water can hide behind walls or under floors, we use state-of-the-art equipment to dry your business effectively. We can position advanced equipment to increase evaporation and drying times.
  • Deodorizing: Immediately we confirm the affected areas are dry, we use our advanced products to deal with any odors the structure and inventory when needed.

Water cleanup requires more than just a mop and a bucket. Contact SERVPRO of Medford / Everett to help you get your property to its pre-damage condition “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (781) 395-4444.

Can Property Owners Use Buckets to Handle Flood Removal in Everett Homes?

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

water leaking through a ceiling Storm damage can cause all kinds of underlying issues, call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett to insure there is nothing left behind.

Flood Removal in Everett Is Best Handled Using Advanced Equipment and Special Skills That Professional Restorers like SERVPRO Have 

When a serious thunderstorm strikes, the risk of property damage skyrockets, as heavy rainfall can cause water damage and flooding, storm-related flooding is a big issue that necessitates various approaches to manage and protect your health properly. Unlike normal water damage caused by a leaking roof or a burst pipe, flood damage often involves untreated sewage, which can exacerbate the situation.

When to involve professional restorers

Involve a reputable restorer like SERVPRO immediately for flood removal in your Everett home. If you ignore the damage for an extended period, more losses continue to take place, including:

  • Mold growth that causes issues 
  • Wood rotting that brings about property instability 
  • Lamination swelling

When we receive our customer’s emergency call, we respond immediately to minimize damage and restore the property to its preloss state. We use approved techniques and advanced equipment and tools for a fast and effective process. Our experience and skills help us provide our clients with professional flood water removal, elimination of microbial threats, and odor removal.

How SERVPRO restorers extract floodwater

Our restorers can begin with water extraction to minimize the spread of damage and speed up the drying process. Depending on the water level, we can use a self-priming trash pump to extract floodwater containing mud and small lumps of muck. We also use shovels to remove solids such as tree branches, rocks, and other debris. 

Flood damage can continue to spread the more the water sits on your property. Contact SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444 for long-lasting results that exceed your expectations. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Can Professional Restorers for Water Damage Restoration in Medford Assist After a Small Water Leak?

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

A man on the phone with a blue water bucket catching falling water. SERVPRO of Medford / Everett understands the stress involved when you experience a water damage. Call us today.

A Small Water Leak Can Cause Costly Damages If Water Damage Restoration in Medford Is Not Handled Properly

Water damage can strike without warning, wreaking havoc on your home. If the excess water is not treated, it may pose a health risk and cause structural harm. To save both money and worry, immediate action by involving professional restorers like SERVPRO immediately.

Common causes of water damage

  • Most water damage cases are caused by:
  • Faulty appliances such as washing machine and dishwasher
  • Broken water pipes
  • Poor drainage

SERVPRO restorers respond fast to our customers' emergency calls and effectively restore water damage restoration in Medford homes. We act fast since we are aware of how fast the secondary damages spread. 

During our restoration process, we concentrate more on structural drying. The drying process is a must to prevent mold growth. We use state-of-the-art equipment that helps us dry even the hard-to-reach areas and speed up the process. 

Even after a thorough cleaning, and drying of the affected property, we inspect the affected area to ensure your property is safe to occupy. Our experts can use a non-penetrating moisture meter to detect moisture. The device is useful in detecting moisture in materials such as drywall and plaster. The equipment reads deep into materials and surfaces.

Do not let water damage cause irreversible damages to your property. Contact SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444. Our technicians can help restore your property to its preloss condition in a temporary period, “Like it never even happened.” 

Should I Contact Professionals for Fire and Smoke Cleanup in Everett Immediately?

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke residue on a wall It's not just a fire, there is so much that goes into fire restoration. Call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett for assistance for your property today.

Contact Reliable Restorers like SERVPRO Immediately for Professional Fire and Smoke Cleanup in Your Everett Home

A fire in your home is a disaster to deal with due to severe loss and life disruption. You may feel relieved when the fire is extinguished and everyone is safe, but the harm has just begun. To prevent more damage, involve professional restorers like SERVPRO to get your property back to its former glory.

How long does the restoration process take?

The time SERVPRO restorers take to manage fire, and smoke cleanup in your Everett property is dependent on the following factors:

  • The rooms affected by the fire
  • The damage intensity
  • The type of materials burned during the incident

However, our team of restores can thoroughly clean your property in a short amount of time. The task may take several days or weeks to complete.

Using home remedies and cleaning products to clean different surfaces may cause further harm. In addition, to prevent huge damages and costly repairs, the reconstruction process necessitates skilled and experienced personnel.

Our restorers have innovative equipment and products that help us minimize damage. We also have the right protective gear that protects us from inhaling and getting into contact with smoke residues. To make cleaning easier, we can use brushes, abrasive powders, and roto pads to agitate the surface. We can also vacuum the heavy deposits to prevent the loose particles from spreading. We ensure to leave your property in a better state than its preloss condition before leaving. 

A small fire can put your family’s safety in jeopardy. Contact SERVPRO of Medford / Everett for professional restoration services at a friendly cost. Call us today at (781) 395-4444. We’re Faster To Any Size Of Disaster.

Can Property Owners Handle Mold Removal in Everett Homes?

6/5/2021 (Permalink)

Mold under a counter top next to pipes in the wall. Mold can be tricky and hard to knock out. Call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett today.

Avoid Handling Mold-Affected Areas and Get a Reputable Restorer like SERVPRO to Help with Mold Removal in Your Everett home.

Mold damage to your property can cause significant damage to surfaces. It can damage your drywall, furniture, and all items in the home . Property owners in Everett can avoid these issues by involving professional restorers like SERVPRO on time.

Factors Causing mold Growth in Your Property

Excess moisture in dark areas may lead to mold growth within 24 hours. If mold removal in your Everett property is not handled on time, it can continue to spread to other areas. 

Water from various sources in your property can cause excess moisture. Some water sources may be difficult to stop. However, if well ventilated, chances of mold growth to occur are minimal.

How SERVPRO restores mold-damaged homes

SERVPRO restorers act fast since we understand the damages mold growth can leave behind within a brief period. We begin with conducting a thorough inspection to get the magnitude of mold damage in your property. We can use inspection cameras to check into confined areas that can be expensive to repair, such as the duct line.

  • We prefer the equipment since:
  • It inspects more areas in a brief period
  • No destruction to the building
  • Inspects hard to reach areas

We have access to advanced products that help us in mold removal. We can use sporicides, a disinfectant that acts against fungal spores and bacteria.

Mold can cause health effects if left un-remediated. Contact SERVPRO of Medford / Everett, who has the experience, skill, and hi-tech equipment to handle any magnitude of mold removal. Call us today at (781) 395-4444.

SERVPRO is Trusted by Everett Businesses to Provide Fire Damage Remediation

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke billowing out of a window. We know how much your clients depend on your business. Let SERVPRO of Medford / Everett help you come back to business.

How can SERVPRO Help Everett businesses during fire damage remediation? 

Fire damage remediation of your Everett business can cost you in terms of both time and money if you don't involve the experts right away. SERVPRO's IICRC certified fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRTs) are quick to the site and aim to get your business back on the up and up in the least possible time. 

The time required by SERVPRO's technicians for fire damage restoration of your Everett business depends on the extent of the damage. If you understand the commercial fire damage restoration process, it can help you to set realistic expectations. Not all commercial fires are alike, and the restoration process can be significantly faster or slower in specific cases. 

Types of Fire Damages SERVPRO Techs Deal with During Fire Restoration of Commercial Spaces in Everett 

SERVPRO technicians categorize fire damage to your Everett commercial space in the following categories- 

  • Minor fire damage- The damage is confined to a relatively small space, such as a small room in your establishment. The amount of residue is mild to moderate. SERVPRO technicians use dry and wet cleaning processes to deal with such fires. You can expect a shorter restoration period if the fire is minor. 
  • Medium fire damage- Involves moderate to heavy smoke and soot residue. Wet cleaning can take a significantly longer time during fire and smoke restoration. Odor control is also a major concern in fires of this size. SERVPRO techs might have to use additional steps to contain the damage of this size. 
  • Major fire damage- These result in heat damage to structures needing extensive repairs. Soot and smoke damage are also spread to extensive areas. SERVPRO techs might need to provide emergency services such as board-ups or pack-outs might be needed. 

Call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444. We are here to assist you as well as your business around the clock. 

Do you need professional Flood Damage Restoration After a Storm in Medford?

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

A man holding a pan catching water falling from the ceiling with a woman holding a child on the phone. Flood damage can become an even bigger problem than you realize. Call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett today.

Hiring SERVPRO can Save You Time and Money in Flood Damage Restoration of Your Medford Home

If flood damage to your Medford home is not mitigated promptly, it can cause permanent damage that can be expensive to repair. SERVPRO technicians can help you deal with your flooded home using their extensive training and state-of-the-art equipment. 

SERVPRO technicians tackle the restoration of flood damage to your Medford home by using a multi-step approach. Once the experts assess the situation, they start the restoration process by eliminating the standing flood water on your property. The subsequent steps involve drying the structure and its contents, followed by deodorizing. SERVPRO technicians aim to restore your home to a state "Like it never even happened."

Equipment SERVPRO Techs Use During Flood Restoration of Your Medford Home

SERVPRO technicians use a variety of equipment during water cleanup after a flooding incident at your Medford home. 

  • Extractors- These are at the heart of water removal services after a flood. SERVPRO techs use portable or truck-mounted extractors to remove water from carpets, floors, and even basements. 
  • Dehumidifiers- Once the standing water is eliminated, SERVPRO techs focus on eliminating the residual moisture. The faster the structure dries, the lesser the chance of secondary damage during water damage remediation. We use both refrigerant and desiccation dehumidifiers depending on the relative humidity and air temperature. 
  • Air Movers- Air movers replace the damp, cold air near the surface with warmer and drier air, speeding up the drying process. A strategic arrangement of dehumidifiers and air movers is the key to achieve rapid drying during water damage restoration. 

Call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444 for fast and efficient service. Remember, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Should You Wait for Professionals to Start Fire Restoration of Your Medford Home?

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage burning out of the top of a home. Try not to hesitate when you have fire damage in your Medford home. Let SERVPRO come in and help you.

SERVPRO Can Save You a Nice Amount of Time and Money on Fire Restoration of Your Medford Home 

It can be tempting to start fire restoration of your Medford home on your own after a fire incident. However, you can be doing more harm than good by not involving SERVPRO experts. Without proper equipment, you can worsen an already bad situation. 

SERVPRO has years of experience in the fire restoration of Medford homes. Our IICRC certified fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRTs) have the necessary training and equipment to handle any size fire and smoke damage. Cleaning smoke and soot residue are some of the biggest challenges for SERVPRO technicians. The extent of smoke damage depends on many factors, including the type of fire and the temperature of the smoke. 

Factors Affecting Smoke Damage Caused by a Fire at Your Medford Home 

Several factors determine the extent of the damage that smoke can inflict on your Medford home after a fire damage incidence. 

  • The temperature of smoke- Smoke rises away from the fire by a process called convection. Fires that burn hotter generate hotter smoke that can penetrate deeper into the porous structures such as drywalls and fabrics, causing extensive smoke damage. SERVPRO technicians understand the behavior of smoke and design fire and smoke damage restoration strategies accordingly. 
  • The temperature of surrounding surfaces- Hot smoke inflicts the heaviest damage to colder surfaces. As the smoke moves from the source of the fire to colder areas, the smoke and soot particles are deposited on surfaces causing major damage. Thankfully, SERVPRO technicians understand this phenomenon and use several techniques to clean even the heaviest smoke and soot residue during the fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup. 

Call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett at (781) 395-4444 for a reliable and fast fire damage restoration service.

Assessing Moisture in a West Medford Home Requires SERVPRO’s Specialized Equipment

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

Water on floor When water takes over your home, call in our IICRC certified technicians for water removal services.

Water Damage in a West Medford Home can Leave Water Residue Undetected.

SERVPRO provides water damage emergency services in West Medford to assist homeowners in assessing and combating the unpleasant consequences of a burst pipe, ceiling leak, or sewer backup. By being available 24/7, we provide timely services focused on water removal and extraction, essential to an effective water damage restoration process.

Water cleanup in a West Medford home goes well beyond soaking up standing water. To be effective, water restoration technicians must use industry-grade equipment to extract water from each affected surface and restore humidity levels appropriate to each material. SERVPRO performs water removal services based on data our staff collects by using professional detection and monitoring devices. Examples of these tools include-

  • Moisture sensors, which help us probe soft materials and determine the depth of the water damage. 
  • Moisture meters help us determine the actual humidity level in each material and can be adjusted to reflect the differences between surfaces being tested as moisture will vary accordingly.
  • Thermo-hygrometers measure both temperature and humidity and take into account the air conditions in the room.

Drying a home effectively is not a simple process. At SERVPRO of Medford/Everett, we work based on evidence and use specific tools to collect actionable data. Call us at (781) 395-4444 and let us take care of your home when disaster strikes.

What Water Restoration Technique Can Save The Hardwood Floor in My Everett Home?

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

drying mats working on a hardwood floor with yellow hoses Water damage restoration is only complete when drying equipment like these injecti-dry systems achieve standard moisture content in your Everett home

SERVPRO Applies Regular and Advanced Water Clean-Up Techniques in Everett Properties

Wood is a semi-porous material, so extended water exposure is detrimental to hardwood floors. Even sealing does not eliminate the chances of swelling, warping, or rotting when the floor surface is submerged. By using the appropriate water damage remediation techniques, it is possible to save your floor.

The most urgent water restoration task in Everett homes is the evacuation of the water covering your wooden floors. With a powerful water extractor, you can finish this in a matter of minutes. Our SERVPRO technicians use several types of water extractors, including portable and truck-mounted ones.

Tricks of the trade for successful drying

Drying the wet floor is the other aspect of the water clean-up process. Unlike extraction, drying is a challenging process because the chosen method must remove the moisture trapped deep within the wooden planks. Using dehumidifiers and air movers is rarely sufficient. Our SERVPRO technicians can use drying mats to extract water vapor from the wooden planks. We use one extractor and several mats interlinked with hoses to cover a vast section of the floor. Our teams handle specialized as well as regular water loss situations like:

  • Emergency services water damage
  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks

SERVPRO of Medford / Everett has the resources you need for any task. Call us at (781) 395-4444 whenever you need help.

What Initial Steps Help Improve Flood Damage Restoration in West Medford?

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

blue tarp covering tile roof SERVPRO mitigates flood damage from a breached roof with blue tarps. We also can pump floodwaters from your West Medford basement.

SERVPRO Seeks Ways to Limit Deterioration before Starting Water Damage Repairs in West Medford

Flood damage can happen in different ways during a storm. For instance, gale-like winds can rip open sections of the roof, allowing rainwater into the ceiling cavity. Although outcomes can vary, it is common for debris such as blown ceiling sheets and drywall to litter the rooms. The restoration takes several processes, including ceiling repairs from water damages, cleanup, and drying of the affected sections of the house.

Flood damage in the West Medford home does not stop when the storm subsides. The wet contents continue deteriorating, and in case the rain resumes, more water can reach the house's interior. Finding a way to protect the structure and valuables is the first step in the restoration journey.

We have got you covered

Our SERVPRO technicians can choose to protect the entire structure by installing roof tarps or use plastic sheeting to protect particular items. Covering also helps protect the items from further soiling as we tear down soggy structural materials. SERVPRO can help you find ways to mitigate flood damage whether you are dealing with:

  • Leaking roof from storms
  • Basement flooding cleanup
  • Cleaning up after a sewer backup

SERVPRO of Medford / Everett has vast experience resolving flood damage problems. Call us at (781) 395-4444 for immediate assistance.

How Do Mold Removal Companies Like SERVPRO Help Medford Business Owners?

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage on ceiling and wall Trust the seasoned , well-trained SERVPRO AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians to remove mold from our Medford Office

They Help Medford Businesses Overcome the Devastating Effects of Mold Damage.

Mold is a natural part of the environment, with about 1,000 unique species living in the United States alone, but it can cause serious issues if it grows inside your Medford area business establishment. Under the right circumstances, mold is beneficial for nature and can be a useful tool for humans. However, if conditions enable it to grow inside your restaurant, retail store, hotel, or office complex, it can harm your facilities and negatively affect those entering your business. This unfortunate situation could cause you to lose customers and profits and eventually lead to the cessation of operations.

Conditions That Facilitate Indoor Mold Growth

Eradicating mold from the natural environment is impossible, but there are keyways to prevent it from growing inside your commercial building. Mold spores, the seeds of these fungi, are omnipresent and routinely float through the indoor air of structures. These spores produce little effect if they do not land on a surface conducive to mold growth. Such mold-facilitating surfaces

  • Provide an organic food source
  • Have water or enough moisture to keep the microbes alive
  • Are in areas with enough oxygen to allow the microorganisms to survive

Temperature also plays a role in where molds thrive, but it is less important than the other factors. While most of these fungi prefer warm temperatures, many can also survive in cold environments.

Specific Ways Mold Can Impact Your Business

As previously noted, fungal outbreaks can cause structural damage to your facilities and have negative effects on those that enter them. Some of the more common issues arising from indoor mold growth are:

  • Severe discoloration of structural elements and interior contents
  • Foul, persistent musty odors
  • Damaged materials that have been consumed by fungal microbes
  • Diminished structural integrity, including compromised walls, collapsing floors, and falling ceilings
  • Health effects on workers and customers

It is for all of these reasons that it is crucial to have your buildings routinely inspected for mold and deal with these problems as soon as they are discovered. Doing this could help prevent interruptions in your operations, limit potential harm to your employees and patrons, and possibly avert total business failure.

With all of that said, it is reassuring to know that local mold removal companies, like your neighborhood SERVPRO of Medford/Everett, are always ready to help.

How Do Medford Mold Removal Companies Like SERVPRO Remediate Your Business?

SERVPRO technicians have been successfully performing mold removal services in Medford for well over fifty years. They are equipped with state-of-the-art industry gear and expertly trained in all the latest mold remediation techniques, including from the IICRC. The procedure our professionals generally follow is as follows:

  • Technicians arrive and perform a mold inspection
  • Then, air movers, dehumidifiers, and Injectidry systems are employed to dry out the interiors of your business
  • Non-salvageable building materials and contents are disposed of
  • Next, high-tech foggers may be used to treat black mold and other types with commercial-grade antifungal agents
  • Afterward, our workers repair and reconstruct structural elements damaged by fungal growths

So, when you are researching mold removal companies, remember that SERVPRO of Medford/Everett is a local service always ready to help. Contact us at (781) 395-4444 whenever you need us.

How Does Water Removal Protect Medford Stores?

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

Leaking water from ceiling tiles When water damage occurs in your business, contact SERVPRO for fast water damage restoration.

Removing surface water can prevent irreparable damage to the wares of Medford stores.

Businesses can become threatened by burst pipes and ceiling leaks that leave trapped and standing water concerns throughout the property. The wares and stock of your storefront can become directly impacted by the presence of water pooling. In many cases, starting mitigation efforts right away can help to protect these items from irreparable harm.

How Does Water Removal Get Started in Medford Businesses?

Before water removal in Medford businesses begins, our professionals conduct focused inspections of the property to determine where extraction, cleaning, and water damage repairs are necessary. This inspection can allow our team to catalog damages and loss to wares, stock, and the structure to file claim paperwork with insurance companies to expedite approvals. Mitigation necessary for the commercial property often requires tools for water removal services, such as:

  • Weighted extractors
  • Trash pumps
  • Submersible pumps
  • High-pressure pumps
  • Truck-mount extractors

From burst pipes to ceiling repairs from water damages, businesses' needs can vary significantly from one situation to the next. Our SERVPRO of Medford / Everett team can help your property needs when you call (781) 395-4444.

How Can Flood Damage Restoration Get Started in Everett Homes?

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

flood damage in a dining room with hardwood floors Call SERVPRO when your home experiences flood damage.

Water removal services are the appropriate starting point for flood damage recovery in Everett.

Flooding can be an unexpected and threatening force against your property, making our SERVPRO team's fast response critical to start vital mitigation efforts. Water removal services can be among the most necessary of these initial actions, removing standing water concerns with possible contaminants and hazardous solids.

What Equipment Helps Remove Flood Damage from Everett Homes?

Flood damage in Everett homes can get removed using numerous tools and pieces of equipment in our recovery inventory. Elimination of standing water prevents the saturation and absorption of floodwater into porous materials and structural cavities, requiring the careful positioning of numerous extraction devices. Selected units must be able to address several inches of standing water and debris or solids floating in this pooling threat. Some of the ideal equipment for water removal services include:

  • Trash pumps
  • Truck-mount extractors
  • Wet vacuums
  • Light wands

Flood restoration and flood damage removal begin with extraction and muck-out cleaning. Our SERVPRO of Medford / Everett team is ready to help with mitigation and water clean up that properties need. We are available 24/7 at (781) 395-4444.

How Does SERVPRO Remove Smoke Damage from Medford Properties?

4/21/2021 (Permalink)

Bubbled and smoked up ceiling after a kitchen fire. SERVPRO’s technicians have the tools and equipment to remove fire and soot damage from your home.

Smoke remediation and soot removal involve several cleaning practices in Medford homes.

Soot particles present severe health hazards to those exposed, so responding technicians must initially contend with the indoor air quality concerns. In some situations, SCBA gear and respirators are necessary to protect our professionals deploying HEPA air scrubbers and hydroxyl machines to capture damaging particulates. Even with this filtration, many of these carcinogenic particulates come to rest on surfaces and contents.

What Tools Are Necessary for Smoke Damage Removal in Medford?

Beginning fire and smoke cleanup in Medford homes can protect underlying materials from unnecessary tear-out and reconstruction. Because of soot's acidic composition, these soils can erode and destroy wood finishes and other surface materials. Advanced cleaning products in our inventory can help to loosen and ultimately remove thick, oily residues. Strategies for soot and smoke damage removal include:

  • Abrasive cleaning
  • Soda blasting
  • Solvents and detergents
  • Controlled demolition

Removing soot and smoke damage involves several strategies that must begin right away. Our fast responding SERVPRO of Medford / Everett team can help with your fire restoration needs when you call (781) 395-4444.

Leaking Roof from Storm Damage in Medford

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

tarp and galvanized metal on a shack A leaking roof from a storm in Medford? No problem, call SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Emergency Storm Damage Remediation in Medford – Call SERVPRO

Projectiles carried by high winds can easily punch a hole in the side of your house or the roof. Water can gush through the hole, especially if it is on the roof, causing water damage to the attic's insulation and the drywall in the ceiling below.

Medford home and storm damage protection is often needed. SERVPRO can place tarps over openings in the roof to protect the attic interior from soaked insulation and water-damaged stored possessions. Broken windows caused by the storm can be covered to minimize additional damage from water and critters entering through these openings.

SERVPRO emergency services technicians

can help residents manage these emergencies by providing:

  • Board up of windows and doors
  • Tarps covering roof punctures
  • Water damage restoration, e.g., insulation and drywall removal
  • Water cleanup, dehumidification, and drying
  • Repairs to ceilings and flooring

We respond 24/7 within four hours of your call. Our storm damage restoration team has been responding to storm-related emergencies since 1992. Our team has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to return your residence or business to preloss condition. We are backed by over 1800 franchises providing support for significant water damage repair situations.

Call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett for storm damage cleanup services in Medford and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (781) 395-4444.

Fire and Soot Damage Restoration and Cleanup in Everett

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Soot and Smoke Remediation in Everett – Call SERVPRO

A low-temperature fire, for example, a grease fire on the kitchen stove, produces a great deal of heavy, oily smoke and soot residue that sticks to everything in the kitchen. Much of the soot remains in the kitchen; however, active HVAC systems can distribute smoke and soot throughout the home affecting every room.

SERVPRO provides fire and soot damage restoration and cleanup in Everett residences and business structures. We respond 24/7 and aim to be onsite in less than 4 hours from your initial call. In addition to grease fires on the stove, furnaces starved of oxygen or poorly vented can produce a great deal of soot. SERVPRO recommends always have your heating system inspected every few cold seasons to prevent "puff back."

SERVPRO fire and smoke damage restoration

and cleanup specialists can help homeowners deal with these stressful and frustrating experiences. Our team:

  • Removes damaged contents from your fire damaged residence or commercial structure
  • Provides complete house fire clean up and removes all soot and smoke residue from all surfaces
  • Cleans carpets, upholstery, and fabrics to remove smoke odors and soot
  • Restores your residence, "Like it never even happened."

Let SERVPRO help to remove the stress and worry after a fire. We manage the chaos and strive to get you back in your home as soon as possible.

Call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett for fire and soot damage cleanup services in Medford and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (781) 395-4444.

Can Fire Debris Removal Help Make Fire Restoration More Efficient in Everett?

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

kitchen with fire damage and soot covering the fridge and all surfaces When you need fire damage restoration in your home, Call SERVPRO.

Fire damage cleanup can be faster and more thorough with Everett fire debris removal services.

Fire mitigation before house fire clean up can be one of the critical steps that our IICRC certified professionals take. Fire debris removal is one of this phase's actions, and there are several benefits to implementing this effort. Debris removal can reduce harsh odors and the presence of soot particles threatening the property.

What Other Emergency Services Benefit Fire Damage Cleanup in Everett?

Fire damage cleanup for Everett homes is not a universal set of actions but rather a composite tailored to specific situations and damages that properties experience. Emergency services can be instrumental in helping with post-fire recovery and fire restoration services. While debris removal can be ideal for lessening the impact of certain threats to the structure, it is not the only needed emergency service or mitigation strategy that exists. The pace of restoration and the team's safety also depends on:

  • Extraction
  • Content relocation
  • Air filtration
  • Controlled demolition

Fire damage cleanup can often hinge on many recovery processes and even structural repairs in some instances. Our SERVPRO of Medford / Everett is a one-stop-shop for fire restoration and reconstruction when you call (781) 395-4444.

Emergency Services Water Cleanup in Medford

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

drying mats on hardwoods SERVPRO deploys drying mats on hardwood floors to protect Medford homes from water damage during our water cleanup service

Do you need water cleanup after a pipe burst in your Medford Home?

A sudden break in a water pipe can distribute a lot of water into your home, even if you manage to turn off the main water valve to your residence. Leaking hoses connecting to appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines are common sources of water leaks and can deliver hundreds of gallons of water onto floors and inside cavities.

Fast response by SERVPRO providing water clean up in your Medford home can avoid permanent damage to flooring materials. Particleboard subfloors can swell, causing tile floors to crack, and hardwood floors can also swell, leading to uneven floors. Water left inside cavities or under carpets can lead to mold growth in as little as 24 hours.

Call SERVPRO for help with water removal services:

  • We respond in four hours or less
  • Weighted water extractors are used on carpets
  • We use drying mats on hardwood floors
  • Vacuum wands are used to draw water from cavities
  • Air movers and dehumidifiers dry your home and return humidity to normal levels.

We can also assist with water damage repairs and restoration of wall materials such as drywall, painting, and more.

Call SERVPRO of Medford / Everett for water cleanup services in Medford and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (781) 395-4444.

Basement Flooding in Everett Homes Requires Professional Attention

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

servpro cleaning products on a shelf From equipment to antimicrobial products, SERVPRO protects your storm-damaged Everett home

SERVPRO Specializes in Flood Restoration Services in Everett

A basement in Everett can flood after storms hit the area, allowing gray and black water to enter your home, along with the contaminants and debris associated with them. SERVPRO is ready around the clock to help with basement flooding cleanup and water removal services. Shortly after our team receives your call, our certified technicians are dispatched to your home to assess the situation and develop a plan of action.

Flood damage in an Everett home may come due to ceiling leaks and extend beyond its basement. At SERVPRO, we rely on equipment specifically designed for water removal, which allows us to extract the water and dispose of it as recommended by local ordinances. However, our job does not stop there. Essential to the water clean up process, especially after a storm, we do the following-

  • Water removal with pumps of assorted sizes capable of managing various volumes of water. These include truck-mounted, submersible, and handheld options.
  • Drying of the space with dehumidifiers, desiccants, and other specialized equipment such as drying mats which give us access to wall cavities, subfloors, and other hard-to-reach places.
  • Application of antimicrobial solution to prevent the growth of mold and other bacteria brought into the home by the floodwater.

SERVPRO of Medford/Everett is a leader in water damage remediation and flood restoration. Call us at (781) 395-4444 and let us help restore your home to its original condition.

SERVPRO Helps When Water Damage Impacts the Bottom Line of Everett Businesses

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

wet, crinkly pages in a book From document drying to full retail shop water damage recovery effort--for Everett--SERVPRO is the Solution!

Mitigate the Water Damage Loss of your Shop in Everett by Calling SERVPRO as Soon as Possible

Business owners in Everett and around the state prepare for adverse situations, including storms and flooding. An adverse event will most likely happen within your walls, such as a burst pipe or ceiling leak. Water damage repairs of all nature require the help of professionals like our SERVPRO water restoration technicians. Our quick response and specialized equipment make us your best ally to deliver emergency services when there is water damage to your business.

Water damage remediation to your Everett shop begins with our assessment of the situation. Once the water source is under control, we can start to plot out the steps to restoring your place with minimal disruption. Keeping in mind that your assets may go beyond inventory but include electronics, documents, and other priceless items, we may recommend some of the following services-

  • Move out services- relocating some of your capital goods helps protect them and speed up the restoration process. We inventory each piece and document the process to return it to its original location once the job is done.
  • Document drying- for your irreplaceable documents, we can apply specialized techniques to preserve them. Freeze-drying, for example, uses sublimation as its basis and restores important documents affected by the water to a reasonably good state
  • Electronics drying- computers and other equipment may be easily replaceable, but for some items, it may be more cost-efficient to rely on SERVPRO’s ability to dry and restore electronics exterior covers. This process may be conducted offsite.

SERVPRO of Medford/Everett is available at (781) 395-4444 to help in your time of need. We understand how important it is to return your business to normal operations and use every tool in our toolbox to minimize your loss of time and resources.

For House Fire Cleanup Services in Medford, Call SERVPRO Immediately

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

cartoon female fretting, house burning Our Medford neighbor can be less stressed-out once SERVPRO arrives for fire damage recovery and cleanup.

Fire Damaged Homes in Medford Need the Industry Knowledge Offered by SERVPRO Certified Technicians

Fire and smoke damage in a home in Medford can spread quickly. A grease fire, an electric malfunction, and even a broken appliance can be the spark behind widespread flames. People with fire-damaged homes need professional assistance to avoid the escalation of damages and remove traces of the incident in the most efficient manner.

Luckily, water and fire restoration services in Medford can be left in the expert hands of our SERVPRO staff. Certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), our team has the training and field expertise to handle the most demanding jobs. 

Fire restoration has several phases to it, most notably the following-

  • Water clean up following the extinguishing of the flames. Extracting water from carpets and textiles, as well as creating containment areas to minimize cross-contamination
  • House fire clean-up involves removing soot and ashes throughout the home. Some surfaces require chemical agents to loosen the residue and make it easier to vacuum away. Other objects may require liquid cleaning solutions specific to their composition.
  • Smoke remediation is achieved by applying deodorizing solutions and the use of specialized equipment such as ozone generators and air purifiers.

Whatever your fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup services are, SERVPRO of Medford/Everett is ready to help. Call us at (781) 395-4444 and let us put our skills to work for you.

Looking for Professional Bathroom Mold Removal in Everett?

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

female holding a sign "Mold" When mold remediation is needed for your Everett home--follow your neighbors' leads and call SERVPRO!

Training, equipment, and experience are Why SERVPRO is Everett's mold remediation leader

Homeowners struggling with recurring signs of black bathroom mold need reliable, professional Everett mold removal resources. If do-it-yourself attempts to manage mold remediation fail, do not despair—mold removal expertise is why SERVPRO crews are Everett mold specialists. Finding a reliable solution offers peace of mind in response to your concerns that mold can cause health effects. Our foundation in water damage services is why SERVPRO mold inspections, remediations, and removal are natural follow-up interventions to Everett water emergency services and water damage remediation. Integrated water restoration and mold remediation Everett residents need is why SERVPRO tops the list.

What Advantages Show Why SERVPRO Is Everett's Bathroom Mold Removal Expert?

Because moisture fuels mold spore growth in Everett, water clean-up improves mold remediation outcomes. This connection is why SERVPRO water emergency services, water damage mitigation, and water damage remediation frequently reveals the source of black mold. Everett residents dread the constant recurrence of bathroom mold; removal by SERVPRO mold specialists with the knowledge gained through the water damage restoration process increases the odds of success. A goal to manage current mold issues and inhibit future growth is why SERVPRO offers Everett customers:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Mold Inspection
  • Mold Removal
  • Mold Remediation
  • Black Mold Damage Repairs

Competence and reliability are why SERVPRO of Medford / Everett is your first call for bathroom mold removal. Call (781) 395-4444 to schedule mold inspections, remediations, and removal strategy development today.

Need Help with Medford Water Damage Remediation?

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

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Count on SERVPRO for water clean up in Medford after burst pipes threaten to ruin your business

The richly burnished hardwood patinas and unique interiors of business properties in our historic town can also mean increased reports of ceiling leaks. Medford’s historic buildings and their aging plumbing pose a higher risk of needing emergency services. Water damage in Medford often starts with slow leaks and seepage from these ancient pipes that suddenly become a crisis.

Why Are Medford Commercial Ceiling Leaks Cause for Concern?

When looking up, you might notice stained areas and even bulges on walls or the ceiling. Leaks in Medford water-damaged commercial spaces show these signs which business owners must not ignore. SERVPRO water damage restoration is critical to avoid severe deterioration or even collapse of building materials. Secondary issues because of chronically damp ceilings or walls can require the services of SERVPRO mold specialists. If water-absorbing spores produce black mold in Medford businesses, they can cause the dark marks and staining you see, plus hidden structural destruction. Turn with confidence to SERVPRO for:

  • Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages
  • Water Removal Services
  • Mold Inspection
  • Mold Removal
  • Black Mold Damage Repairs

Rely on SERVPRO of Medford / Everett for water clean up and water damage repair. Call (781) 395-4444 when burst pipes in your business cause ceiling leaks and the potential need for mold inspections, remediations, and removal.

Water Damage Remediation When You Need It in Medford

3/27/2021 (Permalink)

peeling paint on wall from moisture Medford property owners rely on SERVPRO for water damage restoration and repair--from peeling paint to floor replacement.

SERVPRO offers Medford residents peace of mind with rapid water damage repairs

Medford, Massachusetts, is a city located to the northwest of the state capital of Boston. Nestled in Middlesex County along the Mystic River, Medford is known for being home to Tufts University.

Taking a trip back into history, Medford was initially settled as part of Charlestown in 1630 and originally called 'Mistick.' It was not until years later that it took on the name 'Meadford,' then shortened to Medford for the final naming in 1754.

Medford - Home to Fannie Farmer and More!

A unique, little-known fact is that Medford was the original home to Fannie Farmer, the author of one of the more famous cookbooks globally. Additionally, James Plimpton comes from Medford – the gentleman known for inventing the four-wheeled roller-skate back in 1863. In 1925, Amelia Earhart also lived in Medford for a short time while enjoying employment as a social worker.

While many people think of major cities like Boston or Worcester when they hear Massachusetts, it is essential to know that many areas of the state are a must-see. Medford happens to be one location that is a lovely, upcoming tourist spot well worth visiting. There are plenty of unique things to see and do, just right for a day trip or a mini-vacation to find some of the local hidden gems.

Some of the top attractions to check out when you are in Medford include:

  • Tufts University Art Gallery – This destination on Talbot Avenue is a perfect stop for a day trip. You will find a wildly diverse and eclectic selection of art and exhibits that change regularly, including everything from electronics and couture pieces to photographs and touring exhibitions.
  • Royall House and Slave Quarters – Located on George Street, this fantastic property features regular tours where you can learn more about the home's history and harrowing stories of the people once enslaved at the site.
  • Wright's Tower – If you park along South Border Road, you will find a hiking path that will bring you up to the tower, where you get a glimpse of incredible views of the surrounding landscape, including a nice glimpse of Boston.

If you are looking to grab a bite to eat or a bar to relax in as you spend time in Medford, some of the best places include:

  • Giulia
  • Highland Kitchen
  • Boston Burger Company
  • Blue Fuji
  • Semolina Kitchen & Bar
  • Bocelli's
  • Salvatore's Restaurant
  • Latina Kitchen & Bar

Standing Water Lingering in Your Medford Home Causes Immense Secondary Water Damage

Rather than waiting to tackle water damage remediation on your own with DIY methods, you need skilled emergency services water damage assistance. SERVPRO is here 24/7 to address any standing water you have in your Medford home after a flood, burst pipe, or faulty appliance leak.

It is essential we address several things when handling water damage in Medford, including:

  • Rapid surface water removal
  • Mitigating the damage by reducing saturation
  • Keeping water from migrating into dry zones

To keep the damage from worsening, we use the latest technology to find hidden moisture, including:

  • Moisture sensors
  • Moisture meters
  • Thermo-hygrometers
  • Borescopes

SERVPRO of Medford/Everett is available for emergency water damage service. Call us at (781) 395-4444.

In Everett, Trust SERVPRO for Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration and Cleanup

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

sofa with smoke and soot, ripped cover SERVPRO works hard to restore the furnishings damaged by fire in Everett area homes

Everett Residents Can Call SERVPRO When Smoke Remediation Is a Must

People in Everett lead peaceful lives surrounded by historical sites and friendly neighbors. 

Occasionally, accidents disturb that peace leaving homeowners in need of help. For example, a fire may accidentally happen in a bedroom thanks to a space heater or in a garage due to an electric malfunction. When there is fire and smoke damage, SERVPRO takes every step to restore the home and prevent long-term consequences.

When you live in Everett in a fire-damaged home, call SERVPRO at our 24/7 hotline and let us guide the fire clean-up process. As tempted as you might be to handle the house fire cleanup yourself, you may cause more damage by using household cleaners or failing to address the spread of smoke and soot throughout your home. Our team trains to understand how the smoke travels through ventilation systems and the impact upon other rooms, furnishings, and assemblies.

 Some of the basic approaches to cleaning fire damaged contents include-

  • Foam cleaning- mainly used for upholstery, it applies the foam of a cleaning solution to each surface. It is used primarily for delicate fabric on light soiling.
  • Wet Cleaning- used mainly for heavy soiling, it is aggressive and uses water to partially or totally saturate the surface.
  • Dry cleaning- dusting and dry cleaning sponges are used in this category, and it addresses medium-grade residue.
  • Vacuuming up dry and powered fire and soot debris is always an important step

Expert help is essential for some pivotal moments in your life. Fire damage is one of those, and SERVPRO of Medford/Everett is the expert team you want. Call us at (781) 395-4444 and let us leave your home in mint condition.

Skilled Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration Handling for Medford Properties

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

smoke gray on black background Smoke Damage including odors can be remedied by SERVPRO, much to the delight of our Medford customers

SERVPRO knows that fire damage restoration includes smoke damage control in Medford

Fire-damaged homes and businesses not only have immense charred debris, but there are also different types of smoke and soot residue that must get addressed. SERVPRO features smoke damage remediation methods to remove foul smells so that your Medford property is left “Like it never even happened,” once we get done.

When you call us for house fire clean-up, we will come out and begin the fire damage restoration in your Medford property. In order to tackle tough odors, SERVPRO’s technicians have access to a broad range of odor-control tools, including:

  • Thermal Foggers that put out a deodorizing solution mist that penetrates surfaces, pulling out odorous particulates.
  • Air scrubbers, which are critical to smoke remediation, remove airborne particles and pulls them through a series of filters
  • Venting box fans offer high-velocity air circulation to thoroughly ventilate the structure – often used before and after deodorization.
  • Ozone generators are used in exceptional circumstances to generate ozone (consisting of unstable oxygen molecules) that react chemically with odor molecules, oxidizing residues, and removing odors. Note: All occupants and pets should get removed from the property during the ozone process.

For smoke and fire damage restoration, you can trust our skilled team at SERVPRO of Medford/Everett. Call us 24/7 for emergency service at (781) 395-4444.

Overwhelmed with Basement Flooding from Seasonal Weather Transitions in Everett?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

ICE DAM ON ROOF SERVPRO can restore storm-damaged Everett homes from winter's onslaught of snow, ice, and rains

SERVPRO delivers fast flood restoration for your Everett home

Snowing one day, raining the next, it is tough for homeowners to respond to the mixed precipitation on Everett's weather menu.  Snowpack around your foundation and sanitary city sewers can clog your wastewater lines, requiring sewage cleanup. Exterior damage from winds or ice-laden fallen trees or wires increases water incursion risk needing emergency services. Water damage from ice dams also complicates the situation by draining from top to bottom of Everett residences. A leaking roof from storms destroys building materials throughout your house.

SERVPRO Professionals Are Well-Qualified to Assist with Flood Water Damage Remediation in Everett

Whatever is on the Everett flood water clean up agenda, SERVPRO offers what your home needs. SERVPRO's trained, experienced, and equipped technicians are ready to help with:

  • Ceiling Repairs from Water Damages
  • Water Removal Services
  • Water Damage Repairs
  • Cleaning Up After a Sewer Backup
  • Basement Flooding Cleanup

Count on the experts at SERVPRO of Medford / Everett to be your water damage restoration partner after flooding. Call us at (781) 395-4444 for an assessment and water damage remediation plan.

Cleaning Up After a Water Sewer Backup in a Medford Home Is a Job for SERVPRO

3/21/2021 (Permalink)

ceiling leak showing water stains Whether from a sewage blockage or a ceiling leak--SERVPRO is your go-to company in Medford for water damager restoration services

SERVPRO Counts on Our Certified Water Restoration Technicians to Perform Water Damage Repairs for the Medford Communit

When water is leaking in a Medford home, the damage can escalate quickly. If the incident involves water from a sewage line, the situation can worsen significantly. For water damage, and especially sewage cleanup, it is not enough to dry the space with whatever tools you have at hand. Calling a professional water cleanup and restoration service like SERVPRO is your best line of defense.

For Medford homeowners, water damage remediation following burst pipes can be delegated to SERVPRO based on our industry knowledge and expertise. Our staff understands that cleaning black or gray water (containing contaminants) requires a specific set of tools and measures to protect the home and the people in it. Throughout the process of water damage restoration, we keep in mind the following tenets-

  • Safety is a priority. Our staff wears appropriate personal protective equipment and posts signage as needed. If necessary, we establish a safe working environment and block containment areas to avoid cross-contamination.
  • Disinfecting is essential. Our SERVPRO crew sprays EPA-approved disinfectant solutions directly on affected surfaces. For the porous contents of your home that need to be discarded, our staff takes care of removing them according to local safety regulations.

When you call SERVPRO of Medford/Everett at (781) 395-4444, you enlist the premier water and fire damage restoration company's help in the area. We do our best to leave our clients feeling “Like it never even happened.”

Make a Candy Chute for Safer Pandemic Trick-or-Treating

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

Halloween Chute made from PVC pipe/

Even if you’re not the type to decorate the outside of your house for Halloween, this year’s must-have trick-or-treating accessory is a delivery mechanism that will allow you to limit contact with the ghouls and goblins who will be approaching your home: the candy chute. Here’s how they work, and how to make one of your own.

How to make a candy chute

In case it’s not clear based on the description, a candy chute is a descriptor for any hollow, tubular object that can be rigged up to facilitate a safer, physically distanced trick-or-treating experience. Here’s how it works: When treat-seekers approach your door on October 31 (or whenever the locally sanctioned day happens to be), instead of handing them pieces of candy or leaving out a giant bowl of (hopefully) individually wrapped treats for them to paw through, you can simply sends the sweets down the candy chute, where they will fall into the hands of the kiddos waiting at the other end, hopefully more than six feet away from you.

There are several different factors that come into play when designing your own candy chute, including the positioning of your front steps and the necessary inclines to facilitate rapid candy movement. Your mission is to find at least six feet of some variety of hollow tubing arrange it to deliver the candy from your doorstep to the trick-or-treaters quickly and reliably.

It may not even be October yet, but there’s already no shortage of instructions for candy chutes floating around incorporating materials ranging from PVC pipes, to vinyl gutters, to cardboard shipping tubes, to more elaborate setups, where the chute is incorporated into the overall Halloween decor.

https://lifehacker.com/make-a-candy-chute-for-safer-pandemic-trick-or-treating-1845229874

What are the Different Levels of a Commercial Damage?

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Large desiccant unit used in large commercial water damages.

SERVPRO of Medford/Everett handles not only residential damage and restoration but commercial as well.

There are three levels of commercial damage that are considered:

Level 1

Level 1 is a small commercial loss typically involving 15,000 square feet or less of affected floor space. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a small commercial loss may include but are not limited to, a stand-alone retail establishment, a small church, a daycare facility, a small shopping center, a small warehouse or manufacturing facility, or a stand-alone administrative building. A Level 1 loss can also be a small portion of a much larger structure.

Level 2

Level 2 is a midsize commercial loss typically involving 15,000 to 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved are usually multi-level or greatly divided spaces. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 2 loss may include but are not limited to, a small multi-family property, a midsize church or school, a small shopping center, a multi-tenant administration facility, or a midsize warehouse or manufacturing facility. A Level 2 loss can also be just a portion of a much larger structure.

Level 3

Level 3 is a large commercial loss typically involving more than 60,000 square feet of affected floor space. The building or buildings involved will likely be large multi-level structures. If the facility was entirely affected, examples of a Level 3 loss can include, but are not limited to, a large church, hospital, school, or university; a large multi-family property; a mid- to high-rise retail or administration facility; a large industrial, manufacturing, or warehouse facility; or a large strip-style shopping center or shopping mall. This is the level at which it would be appropriate to refer to the project as a “large loss.”

Once our team at SERVPRO of Medford/Everett determines the level of loss, the property is further assessed, and a team of appropriate size is dispatched to get the job done quickly and efficiently, and return your business to operation “Like it never even happened.”®

Put Help in the Palm of Your Hand

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Get the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® App today!

At SERVPRO of Medford/Everett we realize it is important to be ready for a storm and disaster can strike at a moment’s notice. Technology working hard to let us be aware of danger with more time to prepare before it hits.  Technology can also be a vital tool in preparing for emergencies or disasters, as well as during or after to stay informed of the situation and in communication with others. From common technology you already use on a day-to-day basis to taking a few extra steps to prepare. Below are a few things that will help you be ready in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Store Information Online

There are many places to store important information securely online. Services like Google Drive and Dropbox offer a free way to store different types of files, from a Word document to images of important documents. Ready.gov suggests saving an electronic version of insurance policies, identification documents, medical records, and information on your pets, if necessary.

Follow the News

Stay informed by following agencies such as FEMA, local news channels, and local government on Twitter for the most up-to-date information in a disaster situation. You can also alert first responders if a rescue is needed through Twitter.

Mark Yourself Safe

The American Red Cross offers a Safe & Well check-in site to list yourself as safe or find family and friends in situations where communication is difficult to establish. Facebook also has a feature called Safety Check that is activated after natural disasters or a crisis. You will receive a notification from Facebook if you’re located in the affected area at that time.

Get in Touch

Make sure your contact information is up-to-date in your phone and e-mail for communication with family, friends, business contacts, and others whom you may need to get in contact with before, during, or after a disaster.

Charge Up

Keep a portable charger in your car and home in case of an emergency. You may need to recharge this from time to time, but you can also buy solar-powered chargers as well. Get an Emergency READY Profile®.   SERVPRO® of Medford/Everett is proud to offer Emergency READY Profiles® (ERP) for free at ready.SERVPRO.com to help prepares you, your property, or your business for an emergency. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile® for your property or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your property or business. Put help in the palm of your hand with the Ready Plan App.  

Get in touch with SERVPRO® of Medford/Everett today for more information on developing an ERP for your property or business.

How to Properly Use a Fireplace

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Here’s the proper technique for how to use a fireplace, with safety precautions every homeowner should know.

It’s not even officially winter yet and we’ve already had three snowstorms in the Medford/Everett and North Shore Area!  Nothing beats warming the house with a crackling fire. But while wood-burning fireplaces should give you long-lasting and evenly burning flames, one simple mistake can fill your living room with smoke—or even spark a dangerous house fire. Here’s the proper technique for how to use a fireplace, with safety precautions every homeowner should know.

STEP 1: Stay Safe
Before bringing out the lighter, it’s vital to understand safety precautions for using a fireplace. First, always double-check that your fire extinguisher, smoke detector, and carbon monoxide detector are each in working order (check those batteries!). Remove anything flammable within three feet of the fireplace in case stray sparks escape the hearth, and use a fireplace screen as well. Make sure the flue isn’t blocked by obstructions like an animal’s nest, especially if this is your first time using the fireplace. If the system hasn’t been recently inspected, hire a chimney sweep certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) to do the job.

STEP 2: Gather the Kindling
Gather kindling in a variety of sizes (small, medium, and large) for the proper fire-building technique that is outlined below. To emit less smoke and soot, make sure the wood is dry, well-seasoned, and split a minimum of six months ago. You can choose either hardwood or softwood for the fire; while hardwoods like oak or maple burn longer and create more sustained heat, softwoods like cedar or pine start fires easier because they ignite quickly. Whatever you don’t use can return to the firewood rack, best stored outdoors in an elevated and covered location.

Note: Never burn trash, plastic, painted materials, or anything with chemical treatment like scraps of pressure-treated wood—these materials can release harmful chemicals into your home.

STEP 3: Open the Damper
The damper is a movable plate inside the flue. When opened, it allows the smoke and ash to travel safely up the chimney. If you start a fire with a closed damper, however, the smoke will have no escape route and circle back into the house.

Adjust the damper as needed with the handle located inside of the chimney. It will move either front to back, left to right, or in a clockwise or counterclockwise rotation. Check to make sure you opened it properly by sticking your head in the flue and looking upwards, using a flashlight if necessary. You should see up the flue without any obstructions if the damper is open; a closed damper will block your view entirely.

STEP 4: Prime the Flue
Now, gauge the temperature. If you feel a rush of cold air (which usually occurs if the chimney is built on the outside of the house), then you need to prime the flue—in order words, you need to preheat it. Otherwise, the cold draft may cause smoke to blow into the room. Light a roll of newspaper and hold it against the open damper to send warm air into the flue. The draft should reverse after a few minutes, making your fireplace ready for action.

STEP 5: Build the Fire
While there are multiple ways to build a fire, the CSIA recommends the top-down method, which produces less smoke and requires less tending. Start by donning thick fireplace gloves and grabbing a metal poker. Position large pieces of wood in the bottom of the fireplace in one row, perpendicular to the opening of the fireplace. Next, take mid-sized pieces of wood, and stack four or five rows on top of the base layer in alternating directions. Make sure the stack takes up no more than half the height of your fireplace. Now add your smallest pieces of wood, making sure these pieces are very dry. The tiniest bits (which can take the form of wood shavings or bunched-up newspapers) should be at the very top.

Light the top of the stack with a single match. The fire should travel down, igniting the pieces underneath without prompting. Let the fire burn for as long as you’d like. Don’t close the damper until the fire is completely out and all the embers have stopped burning.

STEP 6: Clean the Ashes
The CSIA says you can leave a bed of ashes between one to two inches in the fireplace as an insulating layer, which helps the next fire to burn. But when you need to dispose of ashes, proceed with caution. Coals may take several hours or several days to completely cool, and ash could still be burning during that time. Using a metal shovel, scoop ashes into a metal container with a tight-fitting lid. Store the container outdoors away from the house, and not in garages or on decks.

https://www.bobvila.com/articles/how-to-use-a-fireplace/

It's the Water You Don't See!

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Thermohygrometer - one of the many tools we use.

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO® of Medford/Everett has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO® of Medford/Everett will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment.

Here are a few of the tools used by SERVPRO® of Medford/Everett:

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
  • Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO® of Medford/Everett to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® of Medford/Everett can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
  • Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor causing particles to deodorize structures, garments, automobiles and other places where cleaning cannot reach.

The bottom line? SERVPRO® of Medford/Everett has the training and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.”

The Science of Drying

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Psychrometric Charts includes vertical lines that represent the dry bulb temperatures. Air temperature increases from left to right.

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying?  Having the knowledge of psychometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition.  While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Medford/Everett are trained in the science of drying and follow strict industry-approved stands to help lower the chances of any secondary damaged.  If your business or home suffers a water damage, SERVPRO of Medford/Everett will:

  • Inspect the building or home to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using profession drying equipment.

What exactly does it mean to help “speed up Mother Nature”? A wet building or home can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium.  When materials are wet, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material – but only if the air is drier.  The only problem is, nature often takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building or home is drying out.

SERPVRO of Medford/Everett have the tools and equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls and much more.  We also use state of the art monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.

It’s not only the equipment but the technology too! SERVPRO has developed a DryBook, a proprietary tool that provides real-time documentation and updates on the drying process and helps ensure industry trying requirements are met.  With DryBook Mobile, you have the ability to know exactly where your property is in the drying process.

SERVPRO of Medford/Everett has the professional training and equipment to help make water damage “Like it never even happened.” has the professional training and equipment to help make water damage “Like it never even happened.”

Why do my Pipes Make Those Noises?

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

What is that noise?

We all know the noises our home makes. That cracking when it is quiet, the sound of someone walking around in the attic or the quiet drip of the shower even hours after it has been used. Our homes all have a set of familiar noises! However, not all those sounds can be good for your home or your wallet! Especially, the sounds coming from your water pipes may be a warning. While a whistling faucet may simply require a new washer to quiet down, if you have a hissing, whistling sound in multiple fixtures and a hammering noise coming from your pipes, you could be headed for a pipe break! Residential water pressure is usually around 80 psi, but sometimes municipalities have to increase pressure for nearby non-residential facilities. When this happens in the Medford/Everett and surrounding North Shore communities the increased water pressure can damage your home’s plumbing. In addition to the irritation of noisy pipes, high water pressure can:

  • Erode pipes
  • Reduce life expectancy of fixtures
  • Increase water bills
  • Result in leaks
  • Cause a pipe burst

What’s Causing those Noises?

As a large amount of water is forced through fixture openings designed to handle a lower flow, it makes a whistling sound, just like forcing a large amount of air through pursed lips causes a whistling sound. When water suddenly stops flowing through pipes, the momentum causes it to slam around inside the pipe, which causes a clanging or banging sound. Your plumbing has built-in air chambers to prevent this from happening, but when water pressure is higher than normal, the chambers aren’t enough to prevent the hammering sound. The longer you wait to address high water pressure in your home, the more likely it is to cause a pipe break.

What to do About High Pressure

If you suspect your water pressure is too high, call a plumber in Medford/Everett area to test the pressure for you. A device called a pressure regulating valve, or PRV can be installed to control the water pressure inside your home. Hiring a professional to prevent a pipe break is far preferable to hiring one to fix a broken pipe inside your walls. SERVPRO of Medford/Everett wants you to catch an emergency before they occur but if one happens before you can stop it, know that we are ready to help you at a moment’s notice. Our team of highly trained technicians will assess the damages and take the necessary steps to ensure this emergency feels "Like it never even happened."

What Causes Frozen Pipes?

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let this happen to you!

What Causes Frozen Pipes?

The water inside pipes can freeze when outdoor temperatures drop below freezing. As freezing water expands, it causes the pressure inside the pipes to increase, possibly leading to bursting pipes.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

  • Insulate pipes, especially those close to outside walls, attics or crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is greatest
  • Seal air leaks surrounding or near pipes
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage
  • Disconnect all outdoor hoses and turn off water to exterior faucets and sprinkler systems
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing
  • Keep heat at 55 degrees F. or higher even when you are out of town
  • During a cold spell turn on both hot and cold faucets near outside walls to allow a small trickle of water to run during the night
  • If you need to be away from home, leave the heat on and drain your water system before you go
  • Identify the locations of shutoff valves so that you are prepared to stop the flow of water as soon as possible when a pipe bursts

 What to Do When Pipes Freeze or Burst

 If pipes freeze:

  • Open all faucets
  • Remove insulation and wrap pipes in rags
  • If all else fails, call your plumber

If pipes burst:

  • Shut off the water immediately to prevent additional damage
  • Take proper precautions to avoid an electrical shock from being in or near standing water
  • Take an inventory of any damaged property or possessions
  • Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Medford/Everett for help at 781-395-4444.      
  • We’ll make it “Like it never even happened."

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

Tips for a safe and Merry Christmas!

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly.

Picking the tree

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Lighting the tree

  • Use lights that have the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

After Christmas Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/ChristmasTreeSafetyTips.pdf

Tips for a Safe and Fun Halloween!

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Happy Halloween from your friends at SERVPRO of Medford/Everett!

Trick-or-Treaters

  • Be bright at night – wear retro-reflective tape on costumes and treat buckets to improve visibility to motorists and others.
  • Wear disguises that don’t obstruct vision and avoid facemasks. Instead, use nontoxic face paint. Also, watch the length of billowy costumes to help avoid tripping.
  • Ensure any props are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury from tripping or horseplay.
  • Carry a flashlight containing fresh batteries and place it face down in the treat bucket to free up one hand. Never shine it into the eyes of oncoming drivers.
  • Stay on sidewalks and avoid walking in streets if possible.
  • If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
  • Look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing the street.
  • Cross streets only at the corner, and never cross between parked vehicles or mid-block.
  • Trick-or-treat in a group if someone older cannot go with you.
  • Tell your parents where you are going.

Parents

  • Ensure an adult or older, responsible youth is available to supervise children under age 12.
  • Plan and discuss the route your trick-or-treaters will follow.
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along established routes.
  • Teach children to stop only at well-lit houses and to never to enter a stranger’s home or garage.
  • Establish a time for children to return home.
  • Tell children not to eat any treats until they get home.
  • Review trick-or-treating safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
  • Make sure Halloween costumes are flame-retardant and visible with retro-reflective material.

Motorists

  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. In dark costumes, they’ll be harder to see at night.
  • Look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
  • Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
  • Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.
  • Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and front porches.

Oh My Gourd ~ World's Best Pumpkin Bread!!

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Oh My Gourd ~ World's Best Pumpkin Bread!!

It's that time of year when the weather starts to cool down, the leaves start changing and you can find everything pumpkin that we've missed since last fall.  What better way than to start off with a nice pumpkin bread.

World's Best Pumpkin Bread

Prep time:  5 mins

Cook time:  45 mins

Total time:  50 mins

Serves: 2 loaves

 Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Libby’s Pure Pumpkin
  • 3 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cup Canola or Vegetable Oil
  • 2/3 Cup Water
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 1/3 Cups Flour
  • 2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 5 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Ground Nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Mix Pumpkin, Sugar, Oil, Water, and Eggs in large mixing bowl until well combined.
  1. In medium mixing bowl, combine Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg. Stir well, then gradually pour into large bowl of pumpkin mixture. Stir well to combine completely.
  1. Spray TWO 9×5 Non-stick Loaf Pans with Pam Cooking Spray.
  1. Pour mixture evenly into loaf pans.
  1. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 – 55 minutes, or until done and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

ENJOY!!

Turn Down the Temp, But Don't Let Your Pipes Freeze!

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

You often hear about how you should turn down the thermostat to save energy, and there are a slew of helpful ideas on the subject.  You can turn the thermostat down when you're out, when you're sleeping, and you can save about 1% on your energy bill per degree you turn your thermostat down! This is all very exciting.

But before you go crazy with turning down the thermostat really low, I'd like to point out some things you might want to keep in mind.

Frozen pipes are a big deal. If the water in your pipes starts freezing, you run the risk of that pipe exploding—and goodness knows that's not what most people are hoping to do when they're trying to save energy in the dead of winter. Unfortunately, I can't just say "keep your thermostat over X degrees to avoid pipe freezing." It depends on where you live, where your pipes are, and how well insulated those pipes are.

There are relatively few places in the United States where you'd never have to worry about frozen pipes. According to Weather.com, southern states generally start having issues with frozen pipes when the temperature reaches about 20 degrees Fahrenheit (the distinction is made because houses in the south are less likely to build pipes inside or in the "warm" parts of your home.)

So, unless you live in a place where it never gets below freezing (you lucky souls, you), you'll need to know some things about your house or apartment: Some water pipes will be in the "warm" parts of your house.

This is why you don't want the temperature inside your house to drop too low, because bathroom and kitchen pipes are generally not insulated, and they rely on whatever system you're using to heat the rest of your house to keep warm.

And if you rent, you might want to see if the owners require their tenants to keep their thermostat above a certain level—my apartment requires all tenants to keep their thermostats above 65, for example, and asks us to consider leaving the taps dripping.

But while these are all good reasons to be careful with the temperature you keep your thermostat at, don't forget the rest of your pipes—some of your water pipes may be in "cold" parts of your house, like crawl spaces or attics, where they don't get any of your home's ambient heat and may, in fact, be subjected to air directly from the outside.

What you'll need to do is based on the region you live in, so you may want to look up your state or city's Web site and see if they have recommendations on how to prepare your house for the winter, because you may want to insulate those pipes.

In the end, I suppose it's still a judgment call, but just remember: Your pipes are vulnerable, frozen pipes are a pain, and you should always consider how your house is built before you make any drastic decisions on how to heat your home in the winter.

https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/articles/turn-down-temp-dont-let-your-pipes-freeze

Thanksgiving Fire Safety- Everything You Need to Know

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations.

So keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.

Thanksgiving by the numbers

  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. and Christmas Eve.
  • In 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.  

Safety tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Thanksgiving-safety

October Is National Fire Prevention Month

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Home Safety Checklist

Smoke Alarms

There is one smoke alarm on every level of the home and inside and outside each sleeping area.

Smoke alarms are tested and cleaned monthly.

Smoke alarm batteries are changed as needed. 

Smoke alarms are less than 10 years old.

Cooking Safety

Cooking area is free from items that can catch fire.

Kitchen stove hood is clean and vented to the outside.

Pots are not left unattended on the stove.

Electrical & Appliance Safety

Electrical cords do not run under rugs.

Electrical cords are not frayed or cracked.

Circuit-protected, multi-prong adapters are used for additional outlets.

Large and small appliances are plugged directly into wall outlets.

Clothes dryer lint filter and venting system are clean.

Candle Safety

Candles are in sturdy fire-proof containers that won’t be tipped over.

All candles are extinguished before going to bed or leaving the room.

Children and pets are never left unattended with candles.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon monoxide alarms are located on each level of the home.

Carbon monoxide alarms are less than 7 years old.

Smoking Safety

Family members who smoke only buy fire-safe cigarettes and smoke outside.

Matches and lighters are secured out of children’s sight.

Ashtrays are large, deep and kept away from items that can catch fire.

Ashtrays are emptied into a container that will not burn.

Heating Safety

Chimney and furnace are cleaned and inspected yearly.

Furniture and other items that can catch fire are at least 3 feet from fireplaces, wall heaters,   baseboards, and space heaters.

Fireplace and barbecue ashes are placed outdoors in a covered metal container at least 3 feet from   anything that can catch fire.

Extension cords are never used with space heaters.

Heaters are approved by a national testing laboratory and have tip-over shut-off function.

Home Escape Plan

Have two ways out of each room.

Know to crawl low to the floor when escaping to avoid toxic smoke.

Know that once you’re out, stay out. 

Know where to meet after the escape.

Meeting place should be near the front of your home, so firefighters know you are out.

Practice your fire escape plan.

16 Pumpkin Facts That'll Make You Say "Oh My Gourd"

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

  1. The word "pumpkin" showed up for the first time in the fairy tale Cinderella.

A French explorer in 1584 first called them "gros melons," which was translated into English as "pompions," according to history. It wasn't until the 17th century that they were first referred to as pumpkins.

  1. The original jack-o'-lanterns were made withturnips and potatoes by the Irish.

In England, they used large beets and lit them with embers to ward off evil spirits. Irish immigrants brought their customs to America, but found that pumpkins were much easier to carve.

  1. Pumpkins are grown on every continent except Antarctica.

Which makes quite a bit of sense considering, oh you know, Antarctica is a 24/7 icy tundra.

  1. Over 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin are produced each year in the United States.

The top pumpkin producing states are Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and California.

  1. Morton, Illinois, calls itself the "Pumpkin Capital of the World"

According to the University of Illinois, 95% of the pumpkins grown in the U.S. are harvested in Illinois soil. Morton is allegedly responsible for 80% of the world's canned pumpkin production.

  1. 80% of the U.S.'s pumpkin crop is available during October.

Out of the total 1.5 billion pounds, over 800 million pumpkins are ripe for the picking in a single month of the year.

  1. The world's heaviest pumpkin weighed over 2,600 pounds.

It was grown in Germany and presented in October 2016.

  1. The largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 3,699 pounds.

Pumpkin pie originated in the colonies, just not as we know it today. Colonists would cut the tops of pumpkins off, remove the seeds, fill the pumpkins with milk, spices, and honey, then bake them in hot ashes.

  1. Pumpkin-flavored sales totaled over $414 million in 2017.

But people are starting to opt for fresh pumpkin instead, according to Nielsen Retail Measurement Services.  Some pumpkin-flavored products have seen consistent growth over recent years, including cereal, coffee, and even dog food.

  1. Each pumpkin has about 500 seeds.

They take between 90 and 120 days to grow, which is why it's recommended to plant them between May and July.  High in iron, they can be roasted to eat. The flowers that grow on pumpkin vines are also edible.

  1. Delaware used to host an annual "Punkin Chunkin"   championship.

Teams competed in a pumpkin launching competition, where pumpkins were shot almost 5,000 feet from an air cannon. The event was canceled in 2017 after there was a tragic accident the year before.

  1. There are more than 45 different varieties of pumpkin.

They range in color like red, yellow, and green, and have names like Hooligan, Cotton Candy, and Orange Smoothie.

  1. Pumpkins are technically
    1. fruit.

    More specifically, they are a winter squash in the family Cucurbitacae, which includes cucumbers and melons. But because they're savory, many people just call them vegetables anyway.

  1. Every single part of a pumpkin is edible.

Yep, you can eat the skin, leaves, flowers, pulp, seeds, and even the stem!

  1. Pumpkins are 90% water, which makes them a low-calorie food.

One cup of canned pumpkin has less than 100 calories and only half a gram of fat. In comparison, the same serving size of sweet potato has triple the calories. They also have more fiber than kale, more potassium than bananas, and are full of heart-healthy magnesium and iron.

  1. Surprisingly, pumpkin pie isn't America's favorite.

According to a survey by the American Pie Council, it's apple that takes the cake (um, pie?) — 19% of Americans say it's their pie of choice. Pumpkin is in second place with a respectable 13%.

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diet-nutrition/a22544/facts-about-pumpkins/

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FOR OUR FURRY FRIENDS

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe, so the best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared. Here are simple steps you can follow now to make sure you’re ready before the next disaster strikes:

Step 1: Get a Rescue Alert Sticker

This easy-to-use sticker will let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible to rescue workers (we recommend placing it on or near your front door), and that it includes the types and number of pets in your home as well as the name and number of your veterinarian. If you must evacuate with your pets, and if time allows, write “EVACUATED” across the stickers. To get a free emergency pet alert sticker for your home, please fill out our online order form and allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. 

Step 2: Arrange a Safe Haven

Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. Remember, if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. They may become trapped or escape and be exposed to numerous life-threatening hazards. Note that not all shelters accept pets, so it is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pets ahead of time:

  • Contact your veterinarian for a list of preferred boarding kennels and facilities.
  • Ask your local animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets.
  • Identify hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets.
  • Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.

Step 3: Choose "Designated Caregivers”

This step will take considerable time and thought. When choosing a temporary caregiver, consider someone who lives close to your residence. He or she should be someone who is generally home during the day while you are at work or has easy access to your home. A set of keys should be given to this trusted individual. This may work well with neighbors who have pets of their own—you may even swap responsibilities, depending upon who has accessibility.

When selecting a permanent caregiver, you’ll need to consider other criteria. This is a person to whom you are entrusting the care of your pet in the event that something should happen to you. When selecting this “foster parent,” consider people who have met your pet and have successful cared for animals in the past. Be sure to discuss your expectations at length with a permanent caregiver, so he or she understands the responsibility of caring for your pet.

Step 4: Prepare Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits

If you must evacuate your home in a crisis, plan for the worst-case scenario. Even if you think you may be gone for only a day, assume that you may not be allowed to return for several weeks. When recommendations for evacuation have been announced, follow the instructions of local and state officials. To minimize evacuation time, take these simple steps:

  • Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification information. Your pet’s ID tag should contain his name, telephone number and any urgent medical needs. Be sure to also write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on your pet’s carrier.
  • The ASPCA recommends microchipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification. A microchip is implanted under the skin in the animal’s shoulder area, and can be read by a scanner at most animal shelters.
  • Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home in a crisis.
  • Store an emergency kit and leashes as close to an exit as possible. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is, and that it clearly labeled and easy to carry. Items to consider keeping in or near your “Evac-Pack” include:
    • Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include)
    • 3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
    • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
    • Litter or paper toweling
    • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
    • Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
    • Pet feeding dishes and water bowls
    • Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
    • Photocopies and/or USB of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless)
    • At least seven days’ worth of bottled water for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
    • A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
    • Flashlight
    • Blanket
    • Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters)
    • Especially for cats: Pillowcase, toys, scoop-able litter
    • Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week’s worth of cage liner

You should also have an emergency kit for the human members of the family. Items to include: Batteries, duct tape, flashlight, radio, multi-tool, tarp, rope, permanent marker, spray paint, baby wipes, protective clothing and footwear, extra cash, rescue whistle, important phone numbers, extra medication and copies of medical and insurance information.

Step 5: Keep the ASPCA On-Hand at All Times

Help protect pets by spreading the word about disaster preparedness. Download, print and share FEMA’s brochure today. 

The free ASPCA mobile app shows pet parents exactly what to do in case of a natural disaster. It also allows pet owners to store vital medical records and provides information on making life-saving decisions during natural disasters.

How A/C Can Prevent Mold Growth in Humid Climates

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

HOW A/C CAN PREVENT MOLD GROWTH IN HUMID CLIMATES

The temperature in your home can affect you and your family’s comfort level tremendously, especially if you live in states with hot, humid summers like Massachusetts where we’ve been experiencing heat and humidity for most of July and August.  However, living in such climates could have other consequences for your home and family, as humidity can contribute to mold growth. Fortunately, your air conditioner can prevent the growth of this fungus, while also keeping you cool.

HOW TEMPERATURES AND HUMIDITY CONTRIBUTE TO MOLD GROWTH

Mold needs certain conditions to grow, and unfortunately for those who live in hot and humid places like Massachusetts in the summer, the heat plus the humidity create a moist environment where mold and dust mites thrive. While the various types of mold have different optimum conditions for growth many kinds of mold will grow well when conditions are between 60F and 80F - the same temperature range we’re often comfortable in. Combine these temperatures with excessive moisture and you could have a mold problem in your home.

HOW AIR CONDITIONING CAN PREVENT MOLD GROWTH

Your air conditioner can control the temperature and humidity in your home, which can prevent mold growth. During the hot, humid summer months, set your air conditioner to between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. The relative humidity in your house should not exceed 50 percent. While most modern air conditioners dehumidify as they cool, they do not independently control both temperature and humidity, so you may want to purchase a stand-alone dehumidifier for when conditions are especially humid.

Other tips for using your air conditioner to prevent mold include setting your air conditioners fan mode to auto because setting it to “on” can cause moisture produced during the air conditioning process to be blown back into your home.

Air Conditioner Maintenance

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

With the past two weeks of high heat and high humidity in the Northeast, air conditioners have been working overtime.  Let’s take a look at keeping them in tip top condition!

An air conditioner's filters, coils, and fins require regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently throughout its years of service. Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases.

Air Conditioner Filters

The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner is to routinely replace or clean its filters. Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system's efficiency significantly. With normal airflow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil's heat-absorbing capacity. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner's energy consumption by 5% to 15%.

For central air conditioners, filters are generally located somewhere along the return duct's length. Common filter locations are in walls, ceilings, furnaces, or in the air conditioner itself. Room air conditioners have a filter mounted in the grill that faces into the room.

Some types of filters are reusable; others must be replaced. They are available in a variety of types and efficiencies. Clean or replace your air conditioning system's filter or filters every month or two during the cooling season. Filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use, is subjected to dusty conditions, or you have fur-bearing pets in the house.

Air Conditioner Coils

The air conditioner's evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt over their months and years of service. A clean filter prevents the evaporator coil from soiling quickly. In time, however, the evaporator coil will still collect dirt. This dirt reduces airflow and insulates the coil, reducing its ability to absorb heat. To avoid this problem, check your evaporator coil every year and clean it as necessary.

Outdoor condenser coils can also become very dirty if the outdoor environment is dusty or if there is foliage nearby. You can easily see the condenser coil and notice if dirt is collecting on its fins.

You should minimize dirt and debris near the condenser unit. Your dryer vents, falling leaves, and lawn mower are all potential sources of dirt and debris. Cleaning the area around the coil, removing any debris, and trimming foliage back at least 2 feet (0.6 meters) allow for adequate airflow around the condenser.

Coil Fins

The aluminum fins on evaporator and condenser coils are easily bent and can block airflow through the coil. Air conditioning wholesalers sell a tool called a "fin comb" that will comb these fins back into nearly original condition.

Condensate Drains

Occasionally pass a stiff wire through the unit's drain channels. Clogged drain channels prevent a unit from reducing humidity, and the resulting excess moisture may discolor walls or carpet.

Window Seals for Room Air Conditioners

At the start of each cooling season, inspect the seal between the air conditioner and the window frame to ensure it makes contact with the unit's metal case. Moisture can damage this seal, allowing cool air to escape from your house.

Preparing for Winter

In the winter, either cover your room air conditioner or remove and store it. Covering the outdoor unit of a central air conditioner will protect the unit from winter weather and debris.

https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/maintaining-your-air-conditioner

Grease Fire Safety Tips

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Do NOT pour water on the fire!!!

The best way to avoid a grease fire is to not have one. While you are cooking, keep an eye on the oil as it’s heating. The oil won’t immediately catch fire once it starts smoking, but smoke is a danger sign that it’s well on its way to getting there.

If the worst happens and your oil does catch on fire, use the following tips:

  1. If the fire is still small enough and contained in one pot, it is safe to put it out yourself. If it is already spreading to other parts of the kitchen, evacuate.
  2. Turn off the source of the heat on the stove. Do not try to move the pot because you don’t want to accidentally spill or splash the burning oil.
  3. Do NOT pour water on the fire!  Since oil and water do not mix, pouring water can cause the oil to splash and spread the fire even worse. In fact, the vaporizing water can also carry grease particles in it, which can also spread the fire.
  4. Remove all oxygen from the flame. You can cover with another pot or pan. Do not cover it with a glass lid because the glass lid may shatter.
  5. If you can’t cover it, dump lots of baking soda on it.
  6. Use a chemical fire extinguisher on the grease fire. There are different kinds of extinguishers. Not all can be used on a grease fire, but the ABC dry chemical extinguisher is best.

Hopefully you’ll never be in a situation where you have to actually use this advice, but if you are remember to smother the fire with a pot or baking soda and never use water!

Call us at SERVPRO of Medford/Everett for fire, smoke or soot damage. 

800-394-4466

http://safety.smart911.com/what's-best-way-safely-put-grease-fire/ 

10 Tips for Safe Summer Barbecues!

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Every year, 7,000 Americans are injured while using backyard barbecue grills. It's usually a case of good products used incorrectly.

Here are the top 10 most common mistakes and key safety tips.

Do:

  1. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house.Farther is even better. This includes portions attached to your house like carports, garages and porches. Grills should not be used underneath wooden overhangs either, as the fire could flare up into the structure above. This applies to both charcoal and gas grills.
  2. Clean your grill regularly.If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups.
  3. Check for gas leaks.You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.
  4. Keep decorations away from your grill. Decorations like hanging baskets, pillows and umbrellas look pretty AND provide fuel for a fire. To make matters worse, today's decor is mostly made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot, making this tip even more important.
  5. Keep a spray bottle of water handy.That way, if you have a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won't harm your food, so dinner won't be ruined!
  6. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill.And KNOW HOW TO USE IT. If you are unsure how to use the extinguisher, don't waste time fiddling with it before calling 911. Firefighters say many fire deaths occur when people try to fight a fire themselves instead of calling for expert help and letting the fire department do its job.

Don't:

  1. Turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER do this. It causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face.
  1. Leave a grill unattended.Fires double in size every minute. Plan ahead so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling.
  2. Overload your grill with food.This applies especially fatty meats. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire.
  3. Use a grill indoors. People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. In addition to the fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide,the deadly colorless, odorless gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, your family and pets.

 https://abcnews.go.com/Business/ten-tips-safe-summer-barbecues-learn-dos-donts/story?id=13918382

Can Mold be Completely Removed?

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Found in Basement

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

Consider the following mold facts:

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

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

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today

SERVPRO of Medford/Everett 800-394-4466

Be Prepared: Know These Storm Warning Definitions

6/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Warnings can pop up anywhere: TV, cell phone warnings, radio, etc., but do we really understand what these warnings mean? Know these definitions so you are prepared for any storm:

  • Tornado Watch Conditions are ripe for tornadoes within the watch area. Tornadoes associated with hurricanes and tropical storms are typically a very significant cause of death and damage.
  • Tornado Warning A tornado has been spotted visually or on radar. Usually issued for a county. If a tornado WARNING is issued where you live, GET TO THE MIDDLE OF THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STRONG BUILDING IMMEDIATELY!!! 
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch Conditions are ripe for severe thunderstorms within the watch area.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning There is a severe thunderstorm in or heading for the warned area. Treat this like a tornado warning!!
  • Flash Flood Watch Flash floods are likely to occur in the near future. Be alert for rising water and be prepared to have to move to high ground.
  • Flash Flood Warning Flash floods are occurring or expected to occur in the near future. If this happens, get to high ground immediately, and GET AWAY FROM VEHICLES... it only takes 18 inches of water to sweep a car or truck away!
  • High Wind Advisory Windy conditions may occur in the advisory area. This usually makes for unsafe conditions while driving, especially in (but not limited to) large vehicles. Also, avoid boating anywhere in the advisory area.
  • High Wind Warning Very strong winds are expected or already are occurring that present a significant danger while driving, boating and other outdoor activities. Often issued near tropical storms and hurricanes.

Pay close attention to storm warnings, take them seriously and be safe. 

If disaster does strike your home or business, call SERVPRO of Medford/Everett 800-394-4466

Hardwood Floor Cupping Vs. Crowning

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Crowning Floor

When moisture hit hardwood flooring wood expands and becomes susceptible to cupping and crowning – two common wood floor problems that, if not addressed properly and at the right time, can require costly sanding and refinishing to fix.

Cupping is a condition where wood board becomes concave – edges high with a center that dips low. As wet hardwood flooring expands, cupping can occur.  It is brought on when the bottom of the wood flooring remains wetter than the top surface. When cupping occurs, it’s important not to rush quickly into sanding.

Crowning –the opposite of cupping – occurs when the top edges of the board are sanded off too early and become lower than the rest of the board as it returns to normal moisture levels. Sanding the floor to remove crowning should only begin once drying measures are complete and normal moisture levels have been achieved. 

If you have either cupping or crowing floors please give us a call at SERVPRO of Medford/Everett at 800-394-4466.

The water damage restoration process begins with a detailed inspection of your property, including a damage assessment. The SERVPRO Franchise Professional is determining the scope of the damage so he or she can develop an appropriate plan of action.

What are Those Brown Stains on my Ceiling?

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Brown Stains on Ceiling

Sometimes you'll glance up and notice a truly hideous brownish stain on your ceiling that has appeared seemingly out of nowhere. 

A word of caution: If you cover up a water stain without addressing the leak that caused it, you run the risk of additional staining on the ceiling, not to mention more serious structural or electrical damage. That’s why it is so important to find and repair the cause of the water stain as soon as possible, even if it is no longer wet.

Your first priority when dealing with a water stain should be to find the source of the leak that caused it— the roof, the upstairs radiator, and the upstairs bathroom are good places to check.

If you have ceiling staining such at this, please give us a call at SERVPRO of Medford/Everett for a free inspection. 1-800-394-4466

The water damage restoration process begins with a detailed inspection of your property.  A SERVPRO Professional will check for the source of water in your home or business and stop it. The water source must be stopped before the drying process can begin. We will determine the scope of the damage and develop an appropriate plan of action. 

Commercial Fire Restoration

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Lynnfield DPW Garage Fire

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Commercial Fire Damage?

Call Us Today 800-394-4466

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Medford/Everett has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion.

SERVPRO of Medford/Everett can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

Call Us Today 800-394-4466

What Percentage of Businesses May Never Reopen After a Loss?

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that nearly 50% of businesses never reopen after a business interruption?  

When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO of Medford/Everett has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

We understand how critical it is to be prepared and we developed our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) to help make sure you are “Ready for whatever happens”.  Our ERP is designed to help you quickly and easily access crucial information in the event of an emergency.  From everyday disasters to catastrophic events, the SERVPRO Ready Plan app puts everything you need at your fingertips.  You can easily manage the situation and, with the help of our SERVPRO team, get back on track faster.  Together we can reduce downtime and make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Be Ready!  Our app is a no-cost readiness plan that places your ready plan data on your mobile device for quick access during an emergency.

https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp

Call SERVPRO of Medford/Everett today to schedule your FREE Emergency Ready Plan consultation.  800-394-4466

Commercial Mold Remediation

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Medford/Everett, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Mold and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Have a Mold Problem?

Call Us Today – 800-394-4466

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

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

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 800-394-4466

What Happens to My Belongings in a Fire?

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Medford/Everett understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it home.

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today 800-394-4466

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Medford/Everett specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

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

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Medford/Everett can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

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

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

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Document / Photograph Drying

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

Depending on the type of documents and the level of fire, smoke, or soot damage, they have five options for the restoration of documents:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

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

Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:

  • Preloss list and value of contents
  • Detailed and accurate report
  • Better information to settle claims quicker
  • Assistance with burden of proof for claims

Peace of mind when you need it most!

What You Can Do Until SERVPRO Arrives

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Water Damage Emergency Tips

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

  • 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!

Have A Water Damage Emergency?

Call 800-394-4466

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.

Have A Water Damage Emergency?

Call 800-394-4466

Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Medford/Everett has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

Signs of Mold? Call Today

800-394-4466

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

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

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Learn more about our mold remediation process

  1. Emergency Contact 800-394-4466
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Water Damage: Why Choose SERVPRO of Medford / Everett?

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Water Damage Repair and Restoration

  • Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your Medfordproperty. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.
  • Please follow our tips outlined in theWater Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guideto protect yourself and your property.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Medford / Everett is locally owned and operated—so we are part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and specialDisaster Recovery Teamsstrategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

We are water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-water-damage condition. Using advanced water removal and drying equipment and scientific drying principles to get your property dried quickly, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready. Learn about our water damage training and certificates.

We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques

Our advanced equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your home and belongings. We finish the job with professional deodorization and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.

The Water Damage Restoration Process

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When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

Water or Flood Damage?
Call Today – (781) 395-4444

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

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

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Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (781) 395-4444

There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Medford / Everett will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.

Commercial Mold Remediation

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in Basement of Commercial Building

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Medford/Everett, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Mold and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Have a Mold Problem?

Call Us Today – 800-394-4466

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

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

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 800-394-4466

Emergency READY Profile - Are Your Ready?

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW. As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order. The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile Advantage A no cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost. A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed. A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. – This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action. Establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. – You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by. Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. – This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money. Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.” 

Call SERVPRO Medford/Everett 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

1-800-394-4466

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

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

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

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

About SERVPRO of Medford/Everett

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

SERVPRO of Medford/Everett 800-394-4466 has the training and equipment to help make it    "Like it never even happened."

Some Basic Mold Information

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

If You See Signs of Mold or Have Questions Regrading Mold, Please Give Us a Call @ SERVPRO of Medford/Everett 800-394-4466.

If You Suspect Mold in Your Home

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

If Your Suspect Mold in Your Home

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. SERVPRO of Medford/Everett has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

Have a Mold Problem?
Call Us Today 800-394-4466

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

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

What Not to Do:

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

Mold Remediation Services

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem call, SERVPRO of Medford/Everett.  We have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

800-394-4466

Let Us Help With Your Commercial Cleaning Services

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients.  So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO professionals have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call in SERVPRO of Medford/Everett.  Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on SERVPRO to make your workspace look its very best.  They’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best.

To learn more about our Commercial Cleaning Service call the professionals at SERVPRO of Medford/Everett at 800-394-4466.   We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

NO JOB IS TOO LARGE

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

No Job Is Too Large

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Medford/Everett can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, we call upon our Disaster Recovery Team for immediate assistance.

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2017 California wildfires
  • 2017 Hurricane Irma
  • 2017 Hurricane Harvey
  • 2016 Hurricane Matthew
  • 2015 Carolina floods
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO of Medford/Everett is prepared for the unpredictable. 800-394-4466

Reply on the Expertise of SERVPRO to Help After Flooding

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding is a part of the history in Boston and the North Shore areas and you should consider it as a part of your duties as a property owner to plan for these types of situations. Obtaining the proper insurance and budgeting for some of the preventive measures that exist to assist you with preparation for a flood is only the beginning. However, it is far better than merely reacting to a crisis. It is our goal to inform you more about what to do when a water damage emergency hits and help you with getting back to normal, with the least amount of disturbance to your everyday lives. 
 
We have expertly trained technicians who have experience in dealing with flood damage restoration near your home. It is possible that the person who arrives to help you with your situation is someone that you already know within the community that you live, a neighbor, a friend or even a family member. 
 
SERVPRO Franchises are locally owned and operated by people just like you. Our technicians go through rigorous training to learn the proper steps to assist with your recovery as promptly and professionally as possible. However, we can also help you prepare to combat the possibility before it ever occurs, limit the damage caused by flooding and even save more of your belongings in the process. 
 
Our expertly trained technicians at SERVPRO offer you services that are unique to your situation and help you understand what you can expect; even during the worst possible conditions. We will be there to assist you through the entire process, from beginning to end and even provide you with any assistance you need filling out the proper paperwork to deal with your insurance company. 
 
The restoration process at SERVPRO starts with your initial phone call. We will perform an inspection on your property and thoroughly explain what is needed to get you back on your feet. Then we will quickly and efficiently cover the steps of the action plan that we have described to remove any excess water and completely dry everything within the affected area. We can uncover those hard to locate moisture pockets that require specialized equipment to find. All of your household items get handled as if they were our own, and each restorable item is taken care of and returned to a quality pre-damage condition "Like it never even happened."
 
Our SERVPRO of Medford/Everett staff is waiting to assist you.  800-394-4466

Hurricane Season is Here - Are You Prepared?

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Last year’s hurricane season was the most disastrous the United States has ever experienced. Hurricanes in 2017 affected more than 25 million people—close to 8 percent of the U.S. population—and resulted in widespread displacement of survivors. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria caused $265 billion in damage, more than the 2005 hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma combined.

WHAT CAN WE DO TO PREPARE?

With the Atlantic hurricane season beginning in June, individuals and businesses can take proactive steps to better prepare for hurricanes that may threaten our homes, workplaces, and communities. Here are five actions that FEMA recommends everyone take in advance of hurricane season:

  1. Get alerts and warnings to receive timely information about weather conditions or other emergencies. Download the FEMA App to learn what to do before, during, and after emergencies, and receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service.
  2. Create and practice a family communication plan. Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated, and ensure everyone understands their role.
  3. Document and insure property before a disaster strikes to ensure you will have the necessary financial resources to help you repair, rebuild, or replace whatever is damaged. Visit gov to learn about purchasing flood insurance.
  4. Strengthen your financial preparedness. Collect and secure personal financial, insurance, medical, and other records to give yourself the peace of mind and ensure that you have the documentation needed to start the recovery process without delay.
  5. Get trained. Every minute is important in a disaster, and if emergency responders are not nearby, you could be the one to help others until help arrives. Consider participating in a local or regional exercise—or even develop an exercise or simulation for your organization or community to help identify challenges and correct issues before they happen. Visit gov/until-help-arrives for online training and to find out what role you can take during disasters.

If you Had a Burst Pipe Would you Know What to do?

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Well it’s that time of year in New England when temperatures drop into the teens, and as we’ve experienced this past month, into the single digits with the wind chill below zero.  Water pipes and cold temperatures are not friends!!  A burst pipe can create serious water damage to your home and belongings.

If you had a burst pipe in your home would you know what to do?

Stop the Water Flow

Shut off the main water supply by turning off the main water turnoff.   It is best to ensure that everyone in your family knows where the main water turnoff is located and how to turn it off in case of a burst pipe emergency.  (Consider a “Water Turn Off” tag like the one pictured above)

Let the pipe drain out the water by turning on all cold faucets. Switch off the water heating system and then turn on all hot faucets to help in draining the water supply system. Also, flush all toilets. All leaks should stop once there is no more water running from the taps.

Find the Break

Locating exactly where the pipe burst is should be done immediately to prevent further damage. Once you've found the burst, you'll know what you have to do next. For instance, if it’s a tiny crack, patching it up may fix the problem for a while. Also, consider which pipe has burst. If the damage is in a main water pipe, it needs to be repaired and dealt with carefully regardless of the cause or size of the break.

If there has been leakage in the house for some time, be careful when entering rooms. Pay attention to the ceilings because if they appear to bulge, it means it is holding loads of water and could cave in any moment. If you've noticed the leak right away, place a bucket underneath to catch the drip.

Call SERVPRO

If there is flooding or water damage in the home call SERPVRO of Medford/Everett at 781-395-4444.

My Smoke Alarm Works - Why Would I Change It?

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

We all know to change the batteries in our smoke alarms twice yearly but did you know the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that you replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old?

I know what you’re thinking, “how I am supposed to remember how old they are?”  Check the back of the smoke alarm and you will find the manufacturer date.  

Even if your smoke alarms aren’t ten years old you may also consider replacing them early to keep up with the latest technology.

There are two kinds of smoke alarms:

Ionization smoke alarms are generally more responsive to flaming fires.
How they work: Ionization-type smoke alarms have a small amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates, which ionizes the air and causes current to flow between the plates. When smoke enters the chamber, it disrupts the flow of ions, thus reducing the flow of current and activating the alarm

Photoelectric smoke alarms are generally more responsive to fires that begin with a long period of smoldering (called “smoldering fires”).
How they work: Photoelectric-type alarms aim a light source into a sensing chamber at an angle away from the sensor. Smoke enters the chamber, reflecting light onto the light sensor; triggering the alarm.

 The NFPA recommends smoke alarms that use both of these technologies. 

 Check out the NFPA website for lots of great information on smoke alarms.

https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Smoke-alarms

Fire-Safety Tips to Keep in Mind This Thanksgiving

11/2/2017 (Permalink)

The kitchen is where the holiday meal magic happens, but it can also be a danger zone, especially on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is typically the most dangerous day of the year.  Everybody's cooking in the kitchen and it's one of the few days where almost everyone is preparing a meal.  "The house is more congested than normal so you have to control the flow in your kitchen to make sure there's no accidents.

More fires start in the kitchen than anywhere else in the home.  On Thanksgiving, in particular, there are three times as many house fires than any other day of the year, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission

Below are some safety tips for the holiday:

  1. Don't wear loose-fitting clothing around open flames.
  2. Don't leave your food unattended on the stove or in the oven.

Make sure a person is always in the kitchen watching the food that's cooking.

You should have a zone, around anything around the stove, within like a 3-feet range for children.

  1. If deep-frying turkey, do it outside.
  1. Never put water on a grease fire.
  1. Store fire extinguishers in plain sight and near an exit - not under the sink. According to the National Fire Protection Association. Because fires can double every five to 10 seconds - and can consume a room in just one minute - call 911 first.

Halloween Safety Tips

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Trick-or-Treaters

  • Be bright at night – wear retro-reflective tape on costumes and treat buckets to improve visibility to motorists and others.
  • Wear disguises that don’t obstruct vision, and avoid facemasks. Instead, use nontoxic face paint. Also, watch the length of billowy costumes to help avoid tripping.
  • Ensure any props are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury from tripping or horseplay.
  • Carry a flashlight containing fresh batteries, and place it facedown in the treat bucket to free up one hand. Never shine it into the eyes of oncoming drivers.
  • Stay on sidewalks and avoid walking in streets if possible.
  • If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
  • Look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing the street.
  • Cross streets only at the corner, and never cross between parked vehicles or mid-block.
  • Trick-or-treat in a group if someone older cannot go with you.
  • Tell your parents where you are going.

Parents

  • Ensure an adult or older, responsible youth is available to supervise children under age 12.
  • Plan and discuss the route your trick-or-treaters will follow.
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along established routes.
  • Teach children to stop only at well-lit houses and to never to enter a stranger’s home or garage.
  • Establish a time for children to return home.
  • Tell children not to eat any treats until they get home.
  • Review trick-or-treating safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
  • Make sure Halloween costumes are flame-retardant and visible with retro-reflective material.

Motorists

  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. In dark costumes, they’ll be harder to see at night.
  • Look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
  • Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
  • Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.
  • Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and front porches.

Smoke Detector - Ionization vs Photoelectric

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

The two most commonly recognized smoke detection technologies are ionization smoke detection and photoelectric smoke detection.

Ionization smoke alarms are generally more responsive to flaming fires.
How they work: Ionization-type smoke alarms have a small amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates, which ionizes the air and causes current to flow between the plates. When smoke enters the chamber, it disrupts the flow of ions, thus reducing the flow of current and activating the alarm. 

Photoelectric smoke alarms are generally more responsive to fires that begin with a long period of smoldering (called “smoldering fires”).
How they work: Photoelectric-type alarms aim a light source into a sensing chamber at an angle away from the sensor. Smoke enters the chamber, reflecting light onto the light sensor; triggering the alarm. 

For each type of smoke alarm, the advantage it provides may be critical to life safety in some fire situations. Home fatal fires, day or night, include a large number of smoldering fires and a large number of flaming fires. You can not predict the type of fire you may have in your home or when it will occur. Any smoke alarm technology, to be acceptable, must perform acceptably for both types of fires in order to provide early warning of fire at all times of the day or night and whether you are asleep or awake.

For best protection, use both types of smoke alarm technologies

For best protection, it is recommended both (ionization and photoelectric) technologies be used in homes. In addition to individual ionization and photoelectric alarms, combination alarms that include both technologies in a single device are available.

October is Fire Prevention Month

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

Home Safety Checklist

Smoke Alarms

? There is one smoke alarm on every level of the home and inside and outside each sleeping area.

? Smoke alarms are tested and cleaned monthly.

? Smoke alarm batteries are changed as needed. 

? Smoke alarms are less than 10 years old.

Cooking Safety

? Cooking area is free from items that can catch fire.

? Kitchen stove hood is clean and vented to the outside.

? Pots are not left unattended on the stove.

Electrical & Appliance Safety

? Electrical cords do not run under rugs.

? Electrical cords are not frayed or cracked.

? Circuit-protected, multi-prong adapters are used for additional outlets.

? Large and small appliances are plugged directly into wall outlets.

? Clothes dryer lint filter and venting system are clean.

Candle Safety

? Candles are in sturdy fire-proof containers that won’t be tipped over.

? All candles are extinguished before going to bed or leaving the room.

? Children and pets are never left unattended with candles.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon monoxide alarms are located on each level of the home.

? Carbon monoxide alarms are less than 7 years old.

Smoking Safety

Family members who smoke only buy fire-safe cigarettes and smoke outside.

? Matches and lighters are secured out of children’s sight.

? Ashtrays are large, deep and kept away from items that can catch fire.

? Ashtrays are emptied into a container that will not burn.

Heating Safety

? Chimney and furnace are cleaned and inspected yearly.

? Furniture and other items that can catch fire are at least 3 feet from fireplaces, wall heaters,   baseboards, and space heaters.

? Fireplace and barbecue ashes are placed outdoors in a covered metal container at least 3 feet from   anything that can catch fire.

? Extension cords are never used with space heaters.

? Heaters are approved by a national testing laboratory and have tip-over shut-off function.

Home Escape Plan

? Have two ways out of each room.

? Know to crawl low to the floor when escaping to avoid toxic smoke.

? Know that once you’re out, stay out. 

? Know where to meet after the escape.

? Meeting place should be near the front of your home, so firefighters know you are out.

? Practice your fire escape plan.

What is Black Mold?

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

What Is Black Mold?

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Please refer to our Mold Damage Tips to learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives. 

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional immediately.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today

SERVPRO of Medford/Everett  781-395-4444

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

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

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today

SERVPRO of Medford/Everett  781-395-4444

Oh My Gourd ~ World's Best Pumpkin Bread!!

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

It's that time of year when the weather starts to cool down, the leaves start changing and you can find everything pumpkin that we've missed since last fall.  What better way than to start off with a nice pumpkin bread.

World's Best Pumpkin Bread

Prep time:  5 mins

Cook time:  45 mins

Total time:  50 mins

Serves: 2 loaves

 Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Libby’s Pure Pumpkin
  • 3 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cup Canola or Vegetable Oil
  • 2/3 Cup Water
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 1/3 Cups Flour
  • 2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 5 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Ground Nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Mix Pumpkin, Sugar, Oil, Water, and Eggs in large mixing bowl until well combined.
  1. In medium mixing bowl, combine Flour, Baking Soda, Salt, Cinnamon, and Nutmeg. Stir well, then gradually pour into large bowl of pumpkin mixture. Stir well to combine completely.
  1. Spray TWO 9×5 Non-stick Loaf Pans with Pam Cooking Spray.
  1. Pour mixture evenly into loaf pans.
  1. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 – 55 minutes, or until done and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

ENJOY!!

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS FOR OUR FURRY FRIENDS

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe, so the best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared. Here are simple steps you can follow now to make sure you’re ready before the next disaster strikes:

Step 1: Get a Rescue Alert Sticker

This easy-to-use sticker will let people know that pets are inside your home. Make sure it is visible to rescue workers (we recommend placing it on or near your front door), and that it includes the types and number of pets in your home as well as the name and number of your veterinarian. If you must evacuate with your pets, and if time allows, write “EVACUATED” across the stickers. To get a free emergency pet alert sticker for your home, please fill out our online order form and allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. 

Step 2: Arrange a Safe Haven

Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND. Remember, if it isn’t safe for you, it isn’t safe for your pets. They may become trapped or escape and be exposed to numerous life-threatening hazards. Note that not all shelters accept pets, so it is imperative that you have determined where you will bring your pets ahead of time:

  • Contact your veterinarian for a list of preferred boarding kennels and facilities.
  • Ask your local animal shelter if they provide emergency shelter or foster care for pets.
  • Identify hotels or motels outside of your immediate area that accept pets.
  • Ask friends and relatives outside your immediate area if they would be willing to take in your pet.

Step 3: Choose "Designated Caregivers”

This step will take considerable time and thought. When choosing a temporary caregiver, consider someone who lives close to your residence. He or she should be someone who is generally home during the day while you are at work or has easy access to your home. A set of keys should be given to this trusted individual. This may work well with neighbors who have pets of their own—you may even swap responsibilities, depending upon who has accessibility.

When selecting a permanent caregiver, you’ll need to consider other criteria. This is a person to whom you are entrusting the care of your pet in the event that something should happen to you. When selecting this “foster parent,” consider people who have met your pet and have successful cared for animals in the past. Be sure to discuss your expectations at length with a permanent caregiver, so he or she understands the responsibility of caring for your pet.

Step 4: Prepare Emergency Supplies and Traveling Kits

If you must evacuate your home in a crisis, plan for the worst-case scenario. Even if you think you may be gone for only a day, assume that you may not be allowed to return for several weeks. When recommendations for evacuation have been announced, follow the instructions of local and state officials. To minimize evacuation time, take these simple steps:

  • Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification information. Your pet’s ID tag should contain his name, telephone number and any urgent medical needs. Be sure to also write your pet’s name, your name and contact information on your pet’s carrier.
  • The ASPCA recommends microchipping your pet as a more permanent form of identification. A microchip is implanted under the skin in the animal’s shoulder area, and can be read by a scanner at most animal shelters.
  • Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster. Pets can become disoriented and wander away from home in a crisis.
  • Store an emergency kit and leashes as close to an exit as possible. Make sure that everyone in the family knows where it is, and that it clearly labeled and easy to carry. Items to consider keeping in or near your “Evac-Pack” include:
    • Pet first-aid kit and guide book (ask your vet what to include)
    • 3-7 days’ worth of canned (pop-top) or dry food (be sure to rotate every two months)
    • Disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pans are perfect)
    • Litter or paper toweling
    • Liquid dish soap and disinfectant
    • Disposable garbage bags for clean-up
    • Pet feeding dishes and water bowls
    • Extra collar or harness as well as an extra leash
    • Photocopies and/or USB of medical records and a waterproof container with a two-week supply of any medicine your pet requires (Remember, food and medications need to be rotated out of your emergency kit—otherwise they may go bad or become useless)
    • At least seven days’ worth of bottled water for each person and pet (store in a cool, dry place and replace every two months)
    • A traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier, ideally one for each pet
    • Flashlight
    • Blanket
    • Recent photos of your pets (in case you are separated and need to make “Lost” posters)
    • Especially for cats: Pillowcase, toys, scoop-able litter
    • Especially for dogs: Extra leash, toys and chew toys, a week’s worth of cage liner

You should also have an emergency kit for the human members of the family. Items to include: Batteries, duct tape, flashlight, radio, multi-tool, tarp, rope, permanent marker, spray paint, baby wipes, protective clothing and footwear, extra cash, rescue whistle, important phone numbers, extra medication and copies of medical and insurance information.

Step 5: Keep the ASPCA On-Hand at All Times

Help protect pets by spreading the word about disaster preparedness. Download, print and share FEMA’s brochure today. 

The free ASPCA mobile app shows pet parents exactly what to do in case of a natural disaster. It also allows pet owners to store vital medical records and provides information on making life-saving decisions during natural disasters.

FALL YARD CLEANING TIPS

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

Aaaah, autumn. The kids are headed back to school, the leaves are turning, and a chill is in the air. If you're like most homeowners, fall also means an opportunity to spruce up your yard and cut down on the work you'll need to do when the weather turns warm again.

It doesn't matter if you're a seasoned landscape professional or somebody who just wants their yard to look as good as it can with as little work as possible, everyone can benefit from backyard fall cleanup.  A little bit of work in the fall will really pay off when spring rolls around.

  • Rake those leaves. Once the snow flies, an unraked layer of leaves can get matted down over the turf and smother it all winter long. Raking or using a mulching mower in the fall helps avoid dead patches in the spring. But don't worry about getting every last leaf, especially in the garden. They help insulate plants, and as they decompose, they provide valuable nutrients.
  • Feed the grass. Fertilizing in the fall is like a day at the spa for your lawn. Using a slow-release fertilizer allows the grass to soak up nutrients and - just as important - spend the cool days and nights of autumn recovering from summer heat and stress. And building a healthy, rejuvenated lawn is one of the best ways to protect against heat, cold, drought, insects and other stresses.
  • Weed all about it. Weeding in the fall is probably the most valuable thing you can do to prepare for spring, and it's one that many people overlook. The good news: Pulling weeds used to be a backbreaking chore, but tools like the Weed Hound have come a long way from the tiny weeding forks of "the good old days." There's no reason to get down on your hands and knees and gouge at the turf. All you do is place the tool over the weed, step lightly on the footrest, and pull.
  • Remove thatch build-up. A build-up of aboveground roots called thatch prevents sunlight, oxygen and moisture from getting to the nutrient-hungry soil below. But it's easy to remove, especially if you don't wait until it overwhelms the yard. Just go at the yard with a dethatching rake in early fall, or for an easier - but more expensive - option, rent a power dethatcher.
  • Aerate. Heavy use throughout the summer can cause soil to become compacted. Perforating your lawn with small holes helps reduce compaction and lets water, air and fertilizer get down to the soil, which strengthens the grass plant's root structure. For smaller yards, a manual aerating tool that removes plugs from the turf while you step should be just fine. If you've got a larger yard, consider renting a power aerator.
  • Water trees and shrubs. Dehydration during the colder months is an all-too-common cause of tree damage, but it's easily preventable. To sustain them over the long winter, it's important to give trees a drink before putting them to bed. After they go fully dormant - but before the ground freezes - use a soaker hose or root irrigator to water them thoroughly.
  • Clean out your garden. Fruits and vegetables left in the garden can rot all winter long, and provide a comfy home for insect eggs. Gross? Not as gross as they'll be in the spring. Now's the time to get rid of diseased plants, too, but keep them out of the compost pile so the problem doesn't spread to the rest of your garden next year.
  • Plant spring bulbs. Fall is not all about closing up shop. It's also the perfect time to plant spring flowering bulbs like daffodils and tulips. But pay attention to the weather in your area; planting too early can cause bulbs to sprout before winter, and planting them too late can mean their roots don't have enough time to develop before the ground freezes.
  • Give your tools a tune-up. When it comes time to put away the backyard tools for the season, don't just shove them into the garage or shed. Spend a few minutes wiping them down and removing debris and dirt, then apply a light layer of oil to keep them from rusting over the winter. That way they'll be all set to go again come spring.

Old Man Winter may be on his way, but with a little work now, you can lay the groundwork for a happy, healthy backyard that's ready to thrive next season.

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Give your home a complete physical—inside and out—to ready it for those warm-weather months ahead.

EXTERIOR INSPECTION

Roof. You don’t need to climb up there yourself; with binoculars and a keen eye, you can probably spot trouble. Do you see any shingle-shift, suggesting that some fasteners may have failed and need replacing? Any cracked or missing shingles? What about nail-pops? “We call them eyebrows,” Niles explains. “It’s when nails push the tabs of the shingles up, allowing water to get in where those nails are coming through.” All will need to be addressed to keep your roof at peak performance.

Chimneys. If you have a masonry chimney, check the joints between bricks or stones. Have any fallen out? Is there vegetation growing out of them? Each signals water infiltration. Also, look for efflorescence—”a white calcium-like deposit that indicates your masonry joints are no longer repelling water but absorbing it,” says Niles. Consider re-sealing masonry with a clear, impermeable or water-resistant barrier material (like Thoroseal products). Brush it on, small areas at a time; let it absorb for 15 minutes, then reapply—it may need a couple of applications.

Exterior Walls. Whether you have wood siding, stucco or brick, look for trouble spots, especially under eaves and near gutter downspouts. Water stains normally indicate that your gutters are not adequately containing roof runoff. If you have wood siding, check for openings, damaged areas or knots that have popped out, making way for carpenter ants, woodpeckers and other critters that may nest in or burrow through.

Foundations. When inspecting the exterior of your home, be sure to examine the foundation from top to bottom for masonry cracks. “Routine caulking by homeowners won’t do the job,” says Niles. “Hire a foundation specialist who can employ a two-part epoxy injection system that will bond cracks chemically,” he adds.

Windows. Leakage around windows will admit warm summer air and let cooled indoor air escape, so be sure to check that any caulking and weather stripping you have in place has remained intact. “A tight seal is the first line of defense against air and water,” says Marty Davis, marketing manager, Simonton Windows, Columbus, OH. If you experienced condensation inside the glass on double- or triple-glazed windows during the winter months, the weather seal has been compromised, and either the glass or the window will need to be replaced.

Spring-clean your windows—inside and out—with a store-bought or homemade window cleaner (one cup rubbing alcohol, one cup water and a tablespoon of white wine vinegar will work just fine) and either a squeegee or a soft cloth. Never use abrasive cleaners or a high-pressure spray washer. You don’t want to scratch the glass or crack the caulking around each unit. If screens were on all winter, remove and clean them with mild detergent. Lay them on a dry surface, like a driveway to air-dry before putting them back on. “Never power-wash screens,” urges Davis, “it could damage the mesh.”

INTERIOR MAINTENANCE

General Cleaning. Spring is a good time to clean areas of the house that often go neglected. Dust or vacuum chair rails, window casings, tops of wall-mounted cabinets and ceiling fans. Launder or dry-clean fabric draperies and use a damp cloth to clean wood and vinyl blinds. Vacuum upholstered furniture and mattresses and consider renting a carpet cleaner—anything you can do to remove settled dust, mites, and allergens will make for a cleaner, and healthier, home.

If you detect grease residue in the kitchen, consider washing cabinets, backsplashes and walls with warm water and mild detergent. The same is true in the bathroom, where soap residue and fluctuations in heat and humidity combine to create the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. While you’re cleaning tile, look for areas of worn or missing grout, as these may lead to more serious water damage if not repaired.

Air Conditioning. Just as you readied your furnace for fall, now is the time to make sure that air conditioning units are in good working order for the warmer months ahead. Change the filter, check hose connections for leaks, and make sure the drain pans are draining freely. In addition, vacuum any dust that has settled on the unit and connections; over time it can impact the air conditioner’s effectiveness. If you suspected problems with the efficiency or performance of the unit last summer, now is the time to call in a professional to check it out.

Attics. Search for signs that indicate insects and critters have colonized. Also, search aggressively for mold, which often takes the form of “gray or black blotches that look like staining,” according to Tim Gentry, vice president of technical services, DaVinci Roofscapes, Kansas City, KS. Proper insulation and good ventilation will deter mold growth in the attic, so take action now to prevent the problem from developing in the warmer months ahead.

Basements. The basement—prone to dampness and insects—must be part of any thorough seasonal maintenance effort. Dampness suggests higher than normal relative humidity, inadequate ventilation and the need for a dehumidifier. Check the base of poured-concrete walls. “Cracks start from the bottom up, not the top down,” Niles points out. “If there’s water penetration, it’ll show at the bottom of those cracks.” And be sure to use a flashlight to examine exposed framing. “If you see even a quarter-inch or so of tunneling on the wood,” says Niles, “call a pest control company immediately.”

Leaks. Spring is a good time to check for leaky faucets, clogged drains and sweaty pipes. Check under the kitchen and bathroom sink to make sure connections on pipes and hoses are properly sealed, and look for any wetness around the dishwasher that could signal an existing or potential problem. The same is true of your laundry room; check washer machine hoses for cracks, bulges or dampness. The same is true for hot water heaters, which may show sign of corrosion and leaks.

OUTDOORS

Lawns. Rake the lawn to remove any branches, debris and leaves that you might have missed in the fall; if left, they can suffocate the grass beneath. During the winter, soil compaction, along with chemical changes altering your soil’s PH, may have left your lawn vulnerable to weed growth and other issues. Even if you can’t see weeds, they are more than likely waiting for optimum conditions to propagate. If you want to prevent them from germinating, consider an organic herbicide; fertilizers are better suited to the fall.

Make sure outdoor water systems—pipes, faucets, and in-ground sprinkler systems—are in working order. Once the ground thaws completely, start preparing new garden beds for summer plants. And take stock of your garden tools and lawn-maintenance equipment, including lawn mowers, trimmers and hoses.

Decks and Patios. Look for warped, loose or splintered boards, and do a good sweep to remove any leaves and debris accumulated in the space between boards. “Whether it’s wood, plastic or composite, a deck should be cleaned every year to extend its life,” says Chuck Harris, owner, Custom Lumber Manufacturing Co., Dothan, AL. If the finish on your wood deck is faded or worn, now is the time to clean, stain, and reseal it. If you have composite decking, follow manufacturers’ recommendations on seasonal care. The same is true for wood and composite fences, pergolas, trellises and other structures. If you have a stone patio, a simple hose down provide be all the maintenance required (unless you detect moss or staining, in which case a more serious cleaning may be necessary).

Outdoor Furniture. If you stored your lawn furniture for the winter, bring it outdoors and give it a hose rinse, or wash it with a mild detergent. For metal furniture, check for signs of rust or paint erosion; a simple remedy of spray enamel will prevent further damage from sun, rain and humidity in the months ahead.

Grills. If your gas grill has remained idle over the winter months, check burner jets for clogs and obstructions, and be sure that gas hoses and connections are sound and secure. You’ll also want to check for propane. For charcoal grill owners, make certain your grill is clean of ash and free of grease residue. It’s a good habit to adopt throughout the grilling season, not just in the spring.

Hurricane Preparedness Week – May 7-13, 2017

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Sunday, May 7th

Determine Your Risk

Find out today what types of wind and water hazards could happen where you live, and then start preparing now for how to handle them. Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Their impacts can be felt hundreds of miles inland. It’s easy to forget what a hurricane is capable of doing. The U.S. has not been directly impacted by a major hurricane (Category 3 or higher) in more than a decade. However, hurricanes such as Ike, Sandy and Isaac reminded us that significant impacts can occur without it being a major hurricane. Many people are suffering from hurricane amnesia in the forms of complacency, denial and inexperience. This remarkable hurricane streak is going to end, and we have to be ready for it to happen this season.

Monday, May 8th

Develop an Evacuation Plan

The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in a zone or unsafe home, and work it out with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about.

Tuesday, May 9th

Assemble Disaster Supplies

You’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum of one week. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. You’ll need extra cash, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. Many of us have cell phones, and they all run on batteries. You’re going to need a portable, crank or solar powered USB charger.

Wednesday, May 10th

Secure an Insurance Check-up

Call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance check-up to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. Don’t forget coverage for your car or boat. Remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for it, and it’s available through your company, agent or the National Flood Insurance Program at www.floodsmart.gov. Act now as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period.

Thursday, May 11th

Strengthen Your Home

If you plan to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Many of these retrofits do not cost much or take as long to do as you may think. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand the winds.

Friday, May 12th

Check on Your Neighbor

Many Americans rely on their neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches. Learn about all the different actions you and your neighbors can take to prepare and recover from the hazards associated with hurricanes. Start the conversation now with these Neighbor Helping Neighbor strategies

Saturday, May 13th

Complete Your Written Hurricane Plan

The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins, when you have the time and are not under pressure. If you wait until a hurricane is on your doorstep, the odds are that you will be under duress and will make the wrong decisions. Take the time now to write down your hurricane plan. Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now. You don’t want to be standing in long lines when a hurricane warning is issued. Those supplies that you need will probably be sold out by the time you reach the front of the line. Being prepared, before a hurricane threatens, makes you resilient to the hurricane impacts of wind and water. It will mean the difference between your being a hurricane victim and a hurricane survivor.

 

 

 

What Causes Frozen Pipes?

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

What Causes Frozen Pipes?

The water inside pipes can freeze when outdoor temperatures drop below freezing. As freezing water expands, it causes the pressure inside the pipes to increase, possibly leading to bursting pipes.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

  • Insulate pipes, especially those close to outside walls, attics or crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is greatest
  • Seal air leaks surrounding or near pipes
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage
  • Disconnect all outdoor hoses and turn off water to exterior faucets and sprinkler systems
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing
  • Keep heat at 55 degrees F. or higher even when you are out of town
  • During a cold spell turn on both hot and cold faucets near outside walls to allow a small trickle of water to run during the night
  • If you need to be away from home, leave the heat on and drain your water system before you go
  • Identify the locations of shutoff valves so that you are prepared to stop the flow of water as soon as possible when a pipe bursts

 What to Do When Pipes Freeze or Burst

 If pipes freeze:

  • Open all faucets
  • Remove insulation and wrap pipes in rags
  • If all else fails, call your plumber

If pipes burst:

  • Shut off the water immediately to prevent additional damage
  • Take proper precautions to avoid an electrical shock from being in or near standing water
  • Take an inventory of any damaged property or possessions
  • Contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Medford/Everett for help at 781-395-4444.      
  • We’ll make it “Like it never even happened

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

11/17/2016 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is almost here and across the country, Americans are gearing up for one of the most spectacular feasts of the year.  Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings family and friends together to share good food, conversation, and laughter. In the midst of all this festive activity, it’s important to remember that there are health hazards associated with the holiday, including an increased chance of food poisoning, kitchen fires, and travel incidents.

Taking just a few minutes to read these Thanksgiving safety tips could mean the difference between enjoying the holiday and having a turkey dinner end in disaster.

Fire Safety

The average number of cooking fires on Thanksgiving is TRIPLE that of a normal day. Here a few simple ways to avoid fires:

  • Stand by your pan” when cooking. Never leave food, grease, or oils cooking on the stovetop unattended.
  • Pot holders, oven mitts, food wrappers, and other things that can catch fire should be kept away from the stove.
  • Children should also be kept away from hot stoves and paid particular attention to when they are in the kitchen.
  • Facing pot handles towards the rear of the stove can save them from being knocked over and scalding people nearby.
  • Long sleeves and loose clothing should be avoided while cooking as it can easily catch fire.Following these food safety tips can keep any Thanksgiving meal safe from bacteria and keep your family and friends from getting sick:

Food Poisoning

  • Safely cooking a turkey starts with correctly defrosting it; place your bird on a tray or pan to catch any juices and keep it refrigerated until it’s ready to cook.
  • A 20-pound frozen turkey can take up to five days to thaw out so plan ahead.
  • Turkeys need to be cooked to an internal temperate of 165 °F.
  • Leftovers need to be refrigerated within two hours after serving.The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and with all the excitement travelers can become more focused on celebrations than getting to their destination as safely as possible. Following these travel tips will keep everyone safe on the road and in the air:

Thanksgiving Travel Safety

Halloween Safety Tips

10/18/2016 (Permalink)

Trick-or-Treaters

  • Be bright at night – wear retro-reflective tape on costumes and treat buckets to improve visibility to motorists and others.
  • Wear disguises that don’t obstruct vision, and avoid facemasks. Instead, use nontoxic face paint. Also, watch the length of billowy costumes to help avoid tripping.
  • Ensure any props are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury from tripping or horseplay.
  • Carry a flashlight containing fresh batteries, and place it facedown in the treat bucket to free up one hand. Never shine it into the eyes of oncoming drivers.
  • Stay on sidewalks and avoid walking in streets if possible.
  • If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
  • Look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing the street.
  • Cross streets only at the corner, and never cross between parked vehicles or mid-block.
  • Trick-or-treat in a group if someone older cannot go with you.
  • Tell your parents where you are going.

Parents

  • Ensure an adult or older, responsible youth is available to supervise children under age 12.
  • Plan and discuss the route your trick-or-treaters will follow.
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along established routes.
  • Teach children to stop only at well-lit houses and to never to enter a stranger’s home or garage.
  • Establish a time for children to return home.
  • Tell children not to eat any treats until they get home.
  • Review trick-or-treating safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
  • Make sure Halloween costumes are flame-retardant and visible with retro-reflective material.

Motorists

  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. In dark costumes, they’ll be harder to see at night.
  • Look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
  • Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
  • Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.
  • Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and front porches.

Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years!

9/27/2016 (Permalink)

You replace your cell phone, your lightbulbs – even your toothbrush. But when was the last time you replaced – or thought about replacing – your home's smoke alarms?

While smoke alarm lifespan and sensing technology has vastly improved in recent years, the fact remains that all smoke alarms expire after 10 years. However, nearly a quarter of Americans (23 percent) have either never replaced their smoke alarms – or have not done so in more than six years. This, coupled with the fact that three out of five home fire deaths occur in properties without working smoke alarms – often due to missing alarm batteries or expired alarms – is cause for concern for local fire and safety officials.

"Many people assume that because they have smoke alarms in their homes, they're automatically protected in the event of a fire," said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA. "In reality, smoke alarms need to be installed, maintained and tested regularly to ensure that they're working properly. Part of that effort includes knowing how old your smoke alarms are, because smoke alarms don't last forever."

NFPA 72, National Signaling and Fire Alarm Code®, requires that residential smoke alarms be replaced at least every 10 years, but because the public is generally unaware of this requirement, many homes may have smoke alarms well past their expiration dates. To find out whether it's time to replace the smoke alarms in your home, simply look on the back of the alarms where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase or installation).

 If alarms are due for replacement, consider upgrading your level of protection with devices containing 10-year sealed batteries, which offer tamper-proof, hassle-free protection while eliminating the need to replace batteries for the life of the alarms. For ultimate home safety, select combination smoke/carbon monoxide (CO) alarm models for complete protection from the threats of smoke and CO. A variety of smoke alarms, including hardwired, combination and 10-year battery-powered models, are available to meet specific needs and local

National Preparedness Month: Week Four – Get Involved

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month

Week Four – Get Involved

Build a more resilient community by getting involved and helping your community prepare for, respond to, and recover from the next disaster. There are many great opportunities to make important contributions including volunteering, donating or helping our neighbors and community.

Volunteer

Donate

  • Donate cash to a recognized disaster relief organization.
  • Donate goods that are specifically requested or needed by recognized organizations.
  • Learn more about how to donate responsibly: Donations and Volunteers

Help your Neighbors

  • Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions and those who may need additional assistance.
  • Start a community preparedness project with the Corporation for National & Community Service toolkit.

National Preparedness Month: Week Three – Build an Emergency

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month

Week Three – Build an Emergency Kit

Build an Emergency Kit:

Having an emergency supply kit is an essential component of personal and family preparedness Emergency kits should include essentials items that will help sustain you and your family for up to three days in the event you are isolated in your home without power during disaster.

First, think about essential items you will need for basic survival: water, food, warmth, clean air, and necessary medications, or medical equipment. Additionally, utilities and basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days or weeks. Your supply kit should contain items to help you manage during these outages. Make sure your emergency kit is customized to meet the unique needs of your family.

At a minimum your kit should include:

  • Water: Bottled water (one gallon per person/per day for at least three days), water purification tablets
  • Food: At least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods that do not need cooking (ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables, or juices, protein or granola bars, cereal, peanut butter, dried fruit, nuts, crackers, baby food, comfort foods)
  • Tools and Supplies: Manual can opener, Radio (battery-powered or hand crank), flashlight or lantern, extra batteries, cell phone with charger, wrench, pliers, and other basic tools
  • Personal Items: Prescription medications (two-week supply), personal hygiene items, eyeglasses, contact lenses, dentures, extra batteries or supplies for medical equipment, change of clothes, sturdy shoes
  • Pets: Collar, leash, harness, crate, food, bowls, current photo, license and medical information
  • Documents: Insurance policies, bank account records, identification cards (IDs), medical information, and other copies of important documents
  • Money: Extra cash and traveler’s checks (ATMs may not work during a power outage)
  • Other Items:  First-aid kit, emergency whistle, waterproof matches/lighter, local area maps, diapers, wipes, formula, and baby food and supplies (if needed)

Also consider adding:

  • A watch or clock
  • Household chlorine bleach, which can serve as an emergency disinfectant of drinking water
  • Camp stove or grill with fuel or canned heat, neither of which should be used indoors
  • Disposable plates, cups, and utensils
  • Duct tape, plastic sheeting or tarp
  • Seasonal items to protect against the elements
  • Books, games, puzzles, and other comfort items
  • Sleeping bags or blankets. 

National Preparedness Month: Week Two - Make A Plan

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month

Week Two – Make A Plan

When an emergency or disaster occurs, will you be ready? It is critical that you create a family disaster plan to keep you and your family safe, protect your property, and build your community’s resilience.

Develop a plan with the members of your household to prepare for what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency. Be sure your plan addresses the special and/or medical needs for you and your family.

You should:

Establish Meeting Locations

Select two family meeting locations where your family can reunite after a disaster. 

    • Choose one close to home 
    • Second farther away, in case you are asked to evacuate or can’t return to the area.

Develop an Emergency Contact Plan

Ask an out-of-state friend or relative to serve as your family’s emergency contact. After a disaster, it is sometimes easier to call long distance to unaffected areas.

    • Provide every family member with the name, address, and phone number of the emergency contact and make sure each family member has a cellphone or a prepaid phone card.
    • Inform your emergency contact of any family member’s special needs or medical issues.

List emergency contacts in cellphones as “ICE” (in case of emergency), which will make it easier for emergency management personnel to contact the right person in case of an emergency responder needs to make a call on your behalf.

Identify alternate communications methods:

    • Show all family members how to text message, as it may be easier to send a text than make a call during an emergency.
    • Learn how to use social media, which can be an effective tool to let friends and family know your location and status.
    • You can use the American Red Cross's Safe and Well service to register yourself as “safe and well” or search for loved ones after a disaster.

Plan How to Evacuate

Identify and practice how you will exit your home.

Establish possible evacuation routes to ensure you are able to get to your designated meeting location(s).

Identify available modes of transportation.

Make arrangements with family, neighbors, friends, or local government if you don’t have personal transportation.

If you need assistance, contact your local public safety official to make them aware of your needs.

Plan How to Shelter in Place

Designate safe room(s) within your home. They should have:

    • as few windows or doors as possible; and
    • access to television, radio, and telephones.

Make sure you have necessary supplies and can access your emergency kit.

If you receive medical treatments or home health care services, work with your medical provider to determine how to maintain care and service if you are unable to leave your home for a period of time.

Consider Everyone’s Needs

Plan for everyone in your household, including individuals with access and functional needs, seniors, children, and pets. 

If you or someone close to you has a disability or other access or functional need, you may need to take additional steps to prepare yourself and your family.

September is National Preparedness Month

9/15/2016 (Permalink)

The month of September is National Preparedness Month, a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by FEMA, the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. 

Massachusetts experiences a wide range of emergencies and disasters. In the past few years alone, the state has seen flooding, hurricanes and tropical storms, blizzards and winter storms, tornadoes, hazardous materials incidents, power outages, terrorism, water supply disruptions and more. In addition, there are many other hazards that could occur including earthquakes, pandemics and other public health emergencies, nuclear power plant accidents and others. It is important for residents of Massachusetts to be Ready for various types of emergencies and disasters including knowing what the risks are, and what to do before, during, and after various types of emergencies and how to be prepared ahead of time.

There are four key things to be prepared for emergencies:

Be Informed – Know what emergencies may occur and stay informed

Make A Plan – Plan for your family before an emergency

Build a Kit – Assemble an emergency kit

Get Involved – Volunteer opportunities in emergency preparedness and response

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Today we will talk about various ways to “Be Informed”

Massachusetts Alerts Smartphone App

The free Massachusetts Alerts app provides emergency notifications and public safety information based on your location, proximity to an event or incident, and the preferences you select.

Emergency Alert System (EAS)

Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a national warning system that uses radio, television, and satellite channels broadcast important public safety information during times of emergency. When an EAS is issued, you will hear a tone followed by an audio message. Participating television broadcasters will also display a visual message, which might take the form of a scrolling banner or a static slide.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

The Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) program is part of the EAS national alerting initiative, which enables cellphones to receive alerts for severe weather emergencies, imminent threats to life or property, AMBER alerts, and Presidential alerts. You do not need to subscribe to any service to receive alerts. The alerts are sent to all WEA-enabled devices in the impacted region. To find out whether you have a WEA-enabled phone, you should contact your mobile carrier.

NOAA Weather Radio

A NOAA weather radio provides alerts for weather warnings in your area. With batteries, a radio can work even when the power is out and can be programmed to provide alerts within your local area. Weather radios are a reliable source for severe weather announcements or weather-related emergency information. 

Social Media & Traditional Media

MEMA uses Twitter (@MassEMA) and Facebook to provide preparedness tips as well as information about severe weather, emergency situations, and disasters. MEMA also uses social media as a secondary method of alerting.

Traditional local media outlets (such as TV and radio stations) are another source for emergency alerts and information.

Mold in Basement

8/9/2016 (Permalink)

Mold in Basement

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

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

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

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 

SERVPRO of Medford/Everett

781-395-4444

Fire Damage in Medford, MA

8/9/2016 (Permalink)

Living Room Candle Fire in Medford, MA

Title: SERVPRO of Medford/Everett  Smoke and Soot Cleanup

Category: Fire Damage

Photo Caption: Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Home.

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

Smoke and soot facts:

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

Different Types of Smoke

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

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

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

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

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

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

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

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

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

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 
781-395-4444

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