Wildfires and Fire Damage
Our thoughts are with Australia
As most of you know, Australia has been engulfed by potent wildfires in the last few weeks. The Australia wildfires have already killed a handful of people and destroyed thousands of Australian homes. This past summer Australia saw it get as hot and dry as ever which can be contributed to the wildfires. With that said, humans also play a massive role in wildfires. Officials in Australia have pointed out a fair amount of Australians intentionally started bushfires in 2019.
What to know about Wildfires
Wildfires often the cause of a lit match or cigarette disposed improperly, or campfires gone wrong. Wildfires can spread fast and in just a blink of an eye. As pointed out above, humans often start wildfires whether intentionally or inadvertently, so please be careful with fire hazardous material in public. There is a reason your parents told you not to play with matches growing up.
Just because Australia is engulfed by blazes and fire does not mean that cannot happen to us here in America. We as humans need to be smart and vigilant when smoking in public and holding campfires. We don't ever want to experience what Australia has to endure right now.
Wildfires and obviously dangerous, a tedious process and hard to put out so we wish the firefighters and first responders over in Australia the best of luck.
Hopefully, the wildfires do not get worse.
Experience Water Damage? Here are the next steps
It's a popular time of year for sewage and drain back ups, house floods and pipes bursting. When water damage occurs in your home or business, do not be nonchalant. Taking proactive measures and being vigilant can prevent the situation from getting worse. We understand water damage can be very stressful which is why we are here to help.
If you ever deal with water damage, contact your insurance agency first. An important aspect to distinguish is there are different insurance policies for water damages. Surprisingly, not all water damage is covered by your insurance so it is important to understand your coverage.
Please keep in mind, once water damage occurs, each minute accrued can further affect the area. With that said, do not panic and contact us!
We offer 24/7 Emergency Services and are always ready to help! Our restoration team is prompt, diligent, and professional.
Call us at 781-8610-0500 the next time you experience water damage.
Do not ignore Mold
When mold happens do not neglect it, rather be proactive about it. When you spot mold, it likely means there is a water issue within your walls or ceilings.
The next step is to find out which water source is causing the issue and stop it. Water sources include condensation, cracks, leaky pipes, etc.
If there is a mold problem you cannot handle or treat on your own, no worries, call us and set up a mold estimate inspection. Our professionals have done many of mold jobs and know how to get the job done right.
Mold might always grow back or form again so here are some tips to reduce the chances of that happening.
-Schedule for Mold remediation with us so we can help treat it the first time
-Always turn on exhaust fans when showering and cooking. Leave the fans on for 10-15 minutes after you are done to.
- Clear and clean your gutters. Make sure they are not cluttered so water can end up far away from your home.
What we can offer to Commercial Businesses
Here at SERVPRO, we are a versatile restoration service company. We have helped out many commercial businesses in the past, and we are ready to help many more in the near future!
While we are known for providing fire and water clean up, we also offer commercial duct cleaning services and general cleanings.
Duct cleanings lead to better air quality within environments and a better, more efficient HVAC system. So if your business has not conducted duct cleanings recently, schedule one asap.
Here at SERVPRO®, we provide free duct cleaning estimates. Call to schedule your estimate today at 781-861-0500. Your customers and employees will breathe easier when the air is clean.
Water damage is unfortunately very common this time of year. If your company experiences water damage or water loss, do not panic because SERVPRO is always ready to help. Here at SERVPRO we offer 24/7 Emergency Services. If your commercial business deals with this travesty, SERVPRO will respond to the situation swiftly and make it seem like the disaster never happened.
These cold temperatures this time of year make frozen pipes inevitable. Consider boosting the heat in your business overnight when the temperature dips below 10 degrees, and drip water from taps to keep the water moving. Make sure to check your building daily to make sure it is smooth-sailing.
Call us today if you think your Commercial Business could use our services. 781-861-0500
Tips and Advice for Safety this Holiday season
It's officially the Holiday season. Many of us love Christmas and setting up Christmas trees but what some people don't know is Christmas trees can be a serious fire hazard. Here are some tips to help avoid a potential disaster with Christmas trees.
1. The first piece of advice to avoid a disaster with your Christmas tree is to double-check and make sure the electrical distribution and lighting equipment at your home or office is not faulty. According to the National Fire Protection Association, (NFPA) these are the reasons Christmas trees catch fire 45% of the time.
2. 20% of the time a Christmas tree will catch on fire because a heat source such as a candle was too close to the tree. So always make sure heating equipment and candles are never too close to a Christmas tree. Try to keep at least 10 feet of distance.
3. Finally, do not intentionally set a Christmas tree on fire. The NFPA reports that this is the root cause of 20% of Christmas tree fires. Whether you think doing this is fun and amusing, or doing it just to do it, well, don't. This can destroy your home and injure you and others.
Take all this advice to heart because the last thing you want this holiday season is a house fire.
Stay safe and enjoy the Holidays.
Tis' The Season to call SERVPRO
December is usually a jolly time of year with Christmas and a New year around the corner. Something that can take away from this happy time of year is a house dealing with water damage such as flooding and faulty heating systems.
Over the past few weeks, we have received a number of calls where homes and apartments have dealt with flooding and water damage.
The most common causes of the floodings and water damage stemmed from heating systems breaking or pipes bursting. It is important to know those are a common occurrence this time of year in this weather.
Keep a keen eye out for these issues and if you do experience water damage or a flooding, do not panic and call us right away. We offer 24/7 Emergency services and are always ready to help.
Here at SERVPRO of Waltham/Weston/Watertown/Wayland, we have been helping residents restore their homes and belongings for decades. Call us first for a water damage. We will make it “Like it Never Even Happened.” 781-861-0500
Year End Special Offer
SERVPRO of Waltham/Weston/Watertown/Wayland and Lexington-Bedford would like to end 2019 with a special offer just for you!
Choose our services for Duct Cleaning and Mold remediation and receive 10% off the final cost!
Normally, we charge a $150 fee for Mold estimates and mold visual inspections, but that fee will also be waived in its entirety if you mention having seen this flyer or one of our online ads.
Call us ASAP to schedule an estimate.
Tips for the Brutal Winter Climate and Weather
Winter is coming. While all you Game of Thrones fans may chuckle at that reference, Winter conditions in New England are not to be trifled with. We are well past the hot summer days and November is just around the corner. With November comes the great holiday we all know as Thanksgiving, but November also brings in the start of windy, gusty cold weather.
Once the calendar turns to November, snow, and hail is not too far behind. So before the crazy cold and snowy weather hits, here are some tips the get your house ready for an unpredictable Winter.
-Dress appropriately and in layers. It is not summer anymore.
-Double check and make sure none of your furniture is impeding and interfering with your heating systems or heating vents.
-Make sure to check and clean your gutters
During the winter time, power outages are pretty common amongst home owners. Planning ahead for power outages is critical because it can make one's life a whole lot easier and mitigate the situation. Plan ahead and stock up on winter essentials in case power is lost in your home. Always make sure you have a Big, durable shovel somewhere in your home and have salt to melt ice stored in a safe place. Stock up on cases of water and Meals that are ready to eat known as MREs.
Overall, being prepared and planning ahead for winter weather and storms will pay huge dividends. Trust us, we know.
Fire Prevention Week
Have you thought about what NOT to do during a fire? Your actions during a fire can affect many outcomes.
This week in October is dedicated to raising awareness toward fire prevention. The theme created for the movement this year is "Not all Heroes wear Capes". Fire Prevention week helps those around the country prepare and have a plan in case they experience a fire of any magnitude.
Safety and Survival are the two most important aspects when a fire arises. The likelihood of staying safe and alive during a commercial or residential fire exponentially increases if one has a carefully thought out plan.
Practice makes perfect.
Once a fire occurs, you may only have a few minutes to escape safely and effectively so it is imperative to have fully functioning and operational smoke detectors to alert you.
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Emergency Ready Plan
Emergency Ready Plans (ERPs) help companies and organizations prepare to recover from disaster. Did you know that 50% of businesses will not recover from a disaster? The good thing is, of those that do, 75% of those businesses had a disaster plan.
Emergency plans are essential because many emergency plans help get everyone out of the building quickly.
SERVPRO's emergency ready profile can help get business's back in business ASAP.
Some advantages of an ERP are:
- A faster response time to any disaster
- Employees know how to react (e.g shutting off water)
- Damage can be minimized
- Expense can also be minimized
- A digital copy which is easy to share
What SERVPRO does:
- Tag shutoffs
- Gather Important contact info
- Put all info into a hard copy report and a mobile app which allows all info at your fingertips