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Why Is Emergency Sprinkler Maintenance Important?

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Is Emergency Sprinkler Maintenance Important? Fire sprinklers require routine maintenance to ensure safety if a fire breaks out in your commercial building

In Weymouth, MA, many commercial buildings are required to have a fire sprinkler system in place. This system plays a major role in putting out fires. To get the best benefit, you have to have your sprinklers maintained and inspected regularly. A fire restoration specialist may be able to help you understand the importance of this emergency system. A working system can help do the following:

• Contain a Fire: While other alarm systems warn occupants of the potential danger of a fire, the fire sprinkler actually works to start dampening the flames. While the water isn't always enough to completely put out the fire, it usually helps slow down the growth.


• Increase Personal Safety: Because the sprinklers work to contain and suppress flames, they help keep people safe. The fire suppression system can even give firefighters more time to help get trapped people out of the building.


• Reduce Property Damage: Flames can turn your property into ashes fairly quickly. When you add the deluge of water to that scenario, you end up with less loss. Some of your belongings could now have water damage, but that's better than completely losing your possessions.


• Sense Fires: A well-maintained fire sprinkler system turns on when a fire breaks out. Each sprinkler head has a sensor that reads heat, and they only turn on when the heat is a specific temperature.


• Protect One Area: Not every sprinkler in the system has to turn on when a fire erupts. If you maintain your sprinklers properly, you may be able to rely on only one area of heads turning on. This can help save you from water damage in the rest of your building.

If you don't do regular fire sprinkler cleanup in your commercial building, you could be leaving yourself in harms way. The system is very useful in quenching and slowing down flames, but it can only work when it is properly maintained.

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Saying Goodbye to Musty Odors

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Saying Goodbye to Musty Odors Musty odors in your carpet or on the walls jeopardize your comfort in your home. Professionals can help clean up your home affected by Mold

The fungal kingdom is a fascinating one, but not when it invades your home in Weymouth, MA. Although it is natural for most homes to have mold growth to some extent, that musty odor you’re dealing with simply needs to go. Continue reading to find out why mold smells this way and what you can do to fight it.

A Diverse Organism

One fact about mold that can explain its unpleasantness has to do with the toxins it creates. A mycotoxin, or a substance produced by microfungi, is incredibly small and impossible to see with the naked eye. Just one species of mold is capable of producing a variety of mycotoxins.

An Intense Odor

Mycotoxin is also what causes that nasty smell in your home. The smell may seem as if it has seeped into everything, but one way you can get to the bottom of the problem is to conduct an odor investigation. Sniff around rooms to determine which ones have the most odor. Some common areas for mold to thrive include:

• Bathrooms (especially around shower curtains)
• Basements
• Closets with permeable materials

A Resilient Intruder

Although you may have overcome the mold battle and are on your way to a crystal-clean and odor-free living space, this tough fungus has a way of coming back. Sometimes, the help of a professional can ensure mold remediation is done right the first time around. Once professionals have located all affected areas, they can also help you better decide on what preventative measures to take. For instance, placing a fan in the bathroom is one way you can get to the root of a mycotoxin takeover.

That musty odor can certainly jeopardize your comfort in your own home. Want to make sure mold gets turned away at the door? Acquaint yourself with facts about fungus and reach out to the professionals for cleanup and prevention tips.

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House Fires: 4 Common Culprits

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage House Fires: 4 Common Culprits Candles can cause a fire if left unattended in your Weymouth home

Most Weymouth, MA, residents are familiar with standard fire safety procedures, but what are the common causes? Fires can start in more places than just the kitchen; some can even spread in the most unexpected places of your home. By learning more about these causes, you can lower the chances of a home fire.

1. Lighting

Those gorgeous light fixtures may serve as the centerpiece of the room, but they could pose a safety threat to everyone under your roof. Lamp shades that fit close to bulbs can reach dangerously high temperatures when the light is left on for extended periods of time. Your average incandescent bulbs can make materials especially hot, which can subsequently result in a home fire.

2. Unsupervised Children

Parents understand all too well that little ones can get into just about anything. Because kids can often find ways to access out-of-reach items when left alone for mere minutes, it is vital that you warn any younger family members about the dangers of starting a fire inside.

3. Dryers

It's all too easy to forget about that load of laundry when all those other tasks are waiting for you on the list. Your dryer, however, is one of the leading indoor fire causes. Most of the time, fire experts can trace the problem back to a little-known culprit: the lint trap. When lint builds up over time and then is introduced to high heat, it can become the perfect tinder.

4. Candles

Like that perfect lamp, candles can provide a wonderfully warm ambiance to your space. Make sure you keep the aromatic experience safe by never leaving a candle in an unoccupied room. Small flames near curtains or upholstery can also lead to bad news. Avoid a home fire by keeping track of all candles you light in the house.

A house becomes personalized with helpful appliances and customized lighting, and, of course, the people who call it home. However, some items and practices can also quickly become the cause of an accident. Don't wait until it's time for a fire cleaning; prevent accidents before they happen.

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MVOCs and Moldy Odors

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation MVOCs and Moldy Odors Mold damage can be a problem in your Weymouth property

There are many misconceptions about the risks posed by mold odors. The musty odor associated with mold is not necessarily either spores or a mycotoxin. Here are three facts about the microbial volatile organic compounds, or MVOCs, that are the culprit behind moldy odors with tips on what to do if you smell mold in your commercial property.

1. MVOCs are the source of moldy smells. These compounds are gases produced as a metabolic byproduct of mold growth. As long as a mold colony has moisture and nutrients from dead or living organic material, the growth cycle will continue and the mold will emit MVOCs at certain points in this cycle. More than 200 chemical compounds are found in MVOCs.

2. MVOCs are not the same as spores. If you breathe in air with a moldy odor, you are likely inhaling MVOCs. This does not mean you are also inhaling spores. Mold does not produce spores in every stage of growth. In fact, dried mold is more likely to release spores into the air than mold in earlier stages of growth that is exposed to sufficient moisture and nutrients.

3. MVOCs are not mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites that are intended to inhibit the growth of other types of fungus near a mold colony. Most but not all types of mold release mycotoxins. All growing mold releases MVOCs. Humans should restrict exposure to mycotoxin, and it is also a good idea to limit your exposure to MVOCs as much as possible.

If a musty odor has become a problem in your commercial property in Weymouth MA, you should contact a service that specializes in cleanup and mold remediation. Certified experts in indoor environmental testing and remediation can quickly identify the cause of the problem, stop mold growth, and eliminate traces of mycotoxin and MVOCs using equipment such as industrial air scrubbers.

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3 Ways To Prevent Water Damage When You’re Closed

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Ways To Prevent Water Damage When You’re Closed Commercial Water Loss

If you run a seasonal business, or just close your doors on the weekend, your business could be at risk of serious water damage while you’re away. Because no one is on premises to observe and report problems, it could be hours, days or even weeks or months before the damage is discovered. What could have been a simple water pipe repair becomes a major restoration effort, costing you tens of thousands of dollars. While an experienced water damage mitigation expert in East Weymouth, MA, can get your business back on its feet, here are three things you can do to prevent water damage while you’re closed.

1. Keep Gutters and Drains Clear

The gutters on your roof and drains around your parking lot or on street are there to direct rainwater away from your property. However, it’s not uncommon for leaves, garbage and other types of debris to block them. Make sure you regularly inspect and clear your gutters and drains to prevent water from backing up and flooding your business.

2. Do Regular Plumbing Maintenance

A broken pipe can do an incredible amount of damage in a short amount of time. You can help prevent your business from getting flooded by a burst pipe by preventing the conditions that can cause it. Insulate pipes exposed to outside temperatures, monitor the water pressure in your building with a pressure gauge to make sure it isn’t too high, and perform a water pipe repair as soon as you notice an issue.

3. Install a Backup Generator or Battery-Powered Sump Pump

If there’s a power outage during a flood or storm, your sump pump won’t be able to do its job. You can prevent this scenario by installing a backup generator or battery-powered sump pump that automatically starts during a power outage.

Don’t let a water pipe repair job balloon into a visit from a water mitigation expert from East Weymouth, MA. A few simple precautions can help protect your business from devastating water damage when you’re closed.

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When Are Flood Cuts Necessary?

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Are Flood Cuts Necessary? Flood Cuts after Storm Damage

If you've had some flooding problems in your Weymouth, MA, home, you may have heard some residential storm damage professionals talking about making a flood cut. This industry-specific term can sound a little startling, but it's really nothing to worry about. Sometimes your flood cleanup crew will have to tear out the drywall that was affected by the standing waters. Usually a flood cut takes place either 12 or 18 inches above the water line.

Even though it's not necessarily a scary process, you probably would rather not have your drywall ripped out of your home. Thankfully, it's not always necessary. Your remediation experts can help you determine if you need to do a flood cut. As a general rule, this procedure is necessary in the following circumstances:

• When you need further assessment. After flooding, it can be hard to know what's going on in your walls. If this area is left uninspected, you could end up with a mold problem. The remediation team may choose to do a cut when they want to better assess the damage done behind the drywall.


• When the water is contaminated. If contamination is an issue, you'll likely have to have a flood cut done. Bacteria, sewage and other contaminants in the water can cause lots of issues for your home. If the water filling your home is a category 2 or 3, you should prepare yourself for a flood cut. This means the source of the water often plays a major role in whether this treatment is needed.


• When there is insulation behind a wall. Wet insulation cannot protect your home like it used to. Even after it dries out, it may not function well. For this reason, flood cuts are often made to remove insulation and replace it with an undamaged product.

When you have to deal with flooding in your home, it can get overwhelming really quickly. Some of the cleanup process can seem extreme, but taking these steps can help you stop future mold growth and structural problems.

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Every Second Counts When It Comes to Restoring Your Property

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Every Second Counts When It Comes to Restoring Your Property Fire damaged home has not been mitigated and now has secondary damage.

Fire damage, no matter the size, can affect every square inch of your property.

It can travel through air ducts, burn through ceilings and floors, and damage countless pieces of furniture and documents. SERVPRO of Weymouth& Hingham has access to the right equipment and hundreds of personnel to help mitigate even the largest fire damage. 

 If you experience fire and/or soot damage at your property, what you do and don't do is vital. DO
  • Limit movement in the area to prevent further damage
  • Keep your hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork
  • Clearly mark the area with caution signs and safety tape
  • Place dry towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas
  • Wash off both sides of indoor plant leaves
  • Change HVAC filters and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC systems
DON'T
  • Attempt to wash walls or painted surfaces without first contacting us.
  • Attempt to shampoo upholstered furniture or carpet without first contacting us.
  • Attempt to clean electrical appliances, computers, televisions, radios, etc. that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first contacting an authorized repair service.
SERVPRO of Weymouth & Hingham, Quincy has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your property to pre-fire condition. Should you experience extensive fire damage, call SERVPRO of Weymouth& Hingham immediately.

Every Second Counts When It Comes To Restoring Your Property

3/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Every Second Counts When It Comes To Restoring Your Property Fire Damage to Home in Weymouth, MA

Fire damage, no matter the size, can affect every square inch of your property. It can travel through air ducts, burn through ceilings and floors, and damage countless pieces of equipment and documents. SERVPRO of Weymouth has access to thousands of pieces of equipment and hundreds of personnel to help mitigate even the largest fire damage. Our experienced technicians utilize industry knowledge, training, experience, high-tech equipment, and proprietary cleaning products to perform emergency services to meet our customer’s cleaning and restoration needs.

Performed immediately following a loss in order to reduce property and content damage, our emergency services reduce claims’ expense, and minimize customer disruption.

While the types of emergency services we provide vary, our emergency response includes:

  • Boarding up the structure and securing the property to help prevent intrusions.
  • Drying the structure. Water is often used to extinguish a fire, so excess water or moisture must be monitored and removed.
  • Deodorization of the affected areas.
  • Pre-testing and initial cleaning. Initial cleaning may help prevent additional damage caused by soot residue, and pre-testing allows the technician to determine what can be restored to help eliminate needless and costly expenses.
  • Conducting building inspections to evaluate the loss site for any safety or health hazards

Slime Mold: What Is It and Is It Dangerous?

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

If you’ve discovered a growth that looks like ooze, or maybe something from another planet, in your yard, your first instinct may be to panic. Your next is to take to Google and research the slimy patches, which is when you realize that you’re not dealing with something from another planet—rather, you’re dealing with lawn slime.

Outdoor mold is actually a very common problem, but one that humans largely ignore. It is not dangerous, but it is unsightly and more than a bit off-putting. If you want to know more about slime mold and how you can get rid of it, use this post as your guide.

A Few Things You Need To Know About Slime Mold

If you want to know how you can get rid of lawn mold, you need to first understand how, why and where it thrives. Here are some facts you need to know:

• This type of mold is a soil-dwelling amoeba and a brainless organism; it is neither plant nor animal.
• Lawn mold thrives off of dead organic matter, such as brush.
• Lawn mold thrives in moist, shaded areas.
• Slime mold works like regular mold—when you get rid of its food and water source, it will go away.
• Lawn mold is not dangerous.

Getting Rid of Lawn Slime

Though outdoor mold is not dangerous, it is unsightly to look at and unpleasant to touch. You can get rid of lawn mold fairly easily by taking the following actions:

• Dethatching your yard
• Reducing the frequency with which you water your lawn (at least in shady areas and until the mold has receded)
• Mowing your lawn to remove mold spores
• Manually removing mold patches and placing them in plastic bags
• Raking the areas where the mold is present and sprinkling them with baking soda, garlic or cornmeal

Lawn slime may be gross to deal with, but it’s not dangerous, and it’s easy to get rid of. If you don’t want to deal with the patches on your own, reach out to your Weymouth, MA, mold remediation team to do the job for you.

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Dealing With Water Damage: Know What To Expect

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Dealing With Water Damage: Know What To Expect Water Loss in Office Building

Dealing with water damage in the home can be a frustrating and time-consuming process, if you don’t know what you’re doing. Fortunately, the professional water cleanup team in Weymouth, MA, has several tricks it can employ to make the recovery process easy, quick and hassle free. Whether your problem stems from bursting pipes or a severe flood, here is what you can expect from professional cleanup efforts:

• The process should take as little as three to five days to complete, though it can take as long as 10 days.
• Mold growth begins as little as 24 hours after water damage occurs, which is why it is so important to start remediation efforts ASAP.
• Some of your items may not be salvageable, so be prepared to throw some belongings out.
• Your insurance may or may not cover the damage, so speak with your insurance representative as soon as damage occurs to get an idea of cost.

Duration of Cleanup

How long your home takes to cleanup really all depends on two factors:

1. Cause
2. Materials used in your home

If bursting pipes were the cause of your damage, cleanup may be easier and less time consuming. However, if your home was flooded with black water, cleanup could take exponentially longer. If the damaged area of the home had tile or cement floors, cleanup should take just a few days. However, if your floors are wood, it could take as many as 10.

Mold Prevention

Your Weymouth, MA, cleanup crew may focus on mold prevention first and foremost. This may include cleaning up, sanitizing and drying out the area.

Recovery

Depending on the extent of damage, you may or may not have to replace several of your belongings. Talk to your insurance company about what is covered and what is not. Some insurance companies may cover the cost of cleanup but not belongings or vice versa, while others may only cover the cost to fix broken pipes. Know what your policy covers so you can plan accordingly

Whether the damage to your home was caused by bursting pipes or a flood, it’s nice to know what to expect. Talk to your local water restoration company to learn more.

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