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Your Guide to Roof Repair After Hail & Heavy Winds Damage Your Shingles

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Roof shingles damaged by hail Hail damaged shingles.

Everyone loves a good end-of-summer storm, but when the nights grow cool and the winds grow stronger, those nice summer storms turn into damaging tempests. Hail, heavy winds and torrential rains may be exciting to watch from within, but they're harmful to a home's structure. If your roof was recently the victim of hail and wind damage, you may be able to get away with a small roof repair—or you may be forced to invest in roof replacement. A quality inspection can give you an indication of which you will need:

  • Have your roof tested to determine its existing condition and life expectancy.
  • Have a moisture survey of your roof done.
  • Let a professional roofer assess the extent of the damage—is it just a patch or it is the entire roof?
  • Request a weather impact condition report to see if your roof was even subject to the hail.

When searching for a roofing company, make sure that it offers each of the above services.

Sensing Water in Your Home That You Can't See

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

A finished, carpeted basement with a couch and exercise equipment. Personal items and clothing are piled on the furniture. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss.

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 Stoneham/ Wakefield 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 Stoneham/ Wakefield will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals.

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® of Stoneham/ Wakefield can calculate and create an environment most conclusive 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 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 spots.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based produces by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor­ causing particles.

What is the bottom line? SERVPRO® of Stoneham/ Wakefield (781-245-0011) has the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened."

When Disaster Strikes, SERVPRO Strikes Back With Solutions

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Tall buildings under a lightning filled sky. SERVPRO of Stoneham/Wakefield professionals put you back in control of your business after water, mold or fire damage.

When a disaster strikes, it is never welcomed. Such an event can disrupt business and ruin the lives of those involved. SERVPRO of Stoneham/Wakefield can provide immediate response. Our plan of action for you is already in place. The faster we arrive on site to perform water and smoke clean-up, the better your results and the lower your costs.

Immediate response time is important. SERVPRO of Stoneham/Wakefield professionals will contact you or your insured to arrange for service within one hour. Within four hours of loss notification, we will be on site to start mitigation services. A preliminary report of the loss will be given to the appropriate person within eight business hours.

SERVPRO offers:

  • 24 Hours A Day, 365 Days A Year
  • Over 35 Years Years Experience
  • Dehumidification Services
  • Deodorization and Odor Removal
  • Contents and Structural Cleaning
  • Electronics and High Tech Equipment Restoration
  • Immediate Disaster Response
  • Standardized Documentation
  • Electronic Claims Handling
  • HVAC and Ductwork

Does Your Company Have an Evacuation Plan for Employees?

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

Evacuation sign Universal symbol of Evacuation

On their website, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides important safety information as well as life saving tips for employers to share with their employees should it be necessary to evacuate a building in the event of an emergency. It is worth taking a look, you will be surprised at what you learn! Check it out.  https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/evacuation/evac.html

  And although an emergency escape plan is not required for all businesses, OSHA highly recommends that you provide an emergency action plan to protect yourself, your employees, and your business space during an emergency situation. Here are some tips:

  A disorganized evacuation can result in confusion, injury, and property damage. When developing your emergency action plan, it is important to determine the following:

    • Conditions under which an evacuation would be necessary.
    • A clear chain of command and designation of the person in your business authorized to order an evacuation or shutdown.
    • Specific evacuation procedures, including routes and exits.
    • Specific evacuation procedures for high-rise buildings.
    • Procedures for assisting visitors and employees to evacuate, particularly those with disabilities or who do not speak English.
    • Designation of what, if any, employees will remain after the evacuation alarm to shut down critical operations or perform other duties before evacuating.
    • A means of accounting for employees after an evacuation.

During development and implementation of your draft plan, think about all possible emergency situations and evaluate your workplace to see if it complies with OSHA's emergency standards.

    Emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Stoneham/ Wakefield  provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (781) 245-0011

Smoke Alarms

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

A smoke alarm is mounted to a black ceiling. There is smoke under the alarm. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. 

Here's what you need to know!
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use of both types of alarms in the home.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.

More about installation and maintenance of home smoke alarms.

Classes of Mold

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Sheet rock walls covered with mold spores. Not all forms of mold are harmful. However, excessive amounts of mold, or exposure to mold by some people may present health problems.

Like we always say, mold is everywhere and not all molds are harmful to us! Molds are often found in wet, damp places and can vary in color and smell. Mold is put into different categories based on their hazard:

Hazard Class C: While this group of molds are not health hazards – they can cause structural damages, and are recommended to be removed.

Hazard Class B: These are molds that if endured over long periods of time can cause allergic reactions

Hazard Class A: These are the molds we want to identify and remove immediately! These molds create toxins and if not handle correctly the air quality of a structure with steadily decline.

If you feel like your home or business might be affected by mold, give us a call at 781-245-0011. While we cannot determine what type of mold it may be – we can remediate it with no worry!

Commercial Water Damage

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Office with cabinets and cubicles.  Water is on the floor.  In the water is a large hose. Water damage remediation in a commercial setting.

Sprinkler systems can be a common source of water damage in commercial facilities. While their benefits far outweigh their cons, both properly and improperly working sprinkler systems can contribute to a flooded facility. In this case, a fire in an adjacent building caused the sprinkler system in this building to go off over the weekend. The sprinkler shut-off was eventually found but not until the damage had affected 36,000 sq ft of the facility. If this was your facility, what would you do?

Choose a Trained Professional

When your facility is affected, it is important to call a commercial drying specialist such as SERVPRO of Stoneham/ Wakefield.  At SERVPRO of Stoneham/ Wakefield, we understand that every hour closed leads to an hour lost of productivity and potential revenue. Commercial damage restoration produces unique challenges so it is very important to choose a trained professional with a proven track record. At SERVPRO of Stoneham/ Wakefield, we will respond immediately to your damage regardless of size or scope. When your facility is affected, no job is too big or too small. If your find yourself in this situation, call SERVPRO of Stoneham/ Wakefield at 781-245-0011.

Facts About Flooding in Your Wakefield Area

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

A room with a wet wooden floor.  There are shelves,toys and drying equipment filling the room. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often overwhelming

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering from flood damage.

Just because you haven't experienced  a flood in the past, doesn’t mean  you won't in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3 billion in annual losses in the United States. Commercial flood claims average more than $75,000.

According to the American Red Cross (ARC), floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster.  The ARC offers the following flood safety tips.

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, run around and go another way Six inches of swiftly moving water can  sweep you off your feet.
  • If you approach  a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road  and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. Keep your pets out of the water too.

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact SERVPRO® of Stoneham/ Wakefield. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a  structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. The SERVPRO® System is prepared to handle any sized disaster. The sooner work begins, the sooner order can be restored.

When fire and water take control of your life, SERVPRO® of Stoneham/ Wakefield will help you take it back.

How to Prevent Attic Fires

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

Three firefighters and a hose on a roof of a home. Attic Fire

Did you know that more than 40% of attic fires are the result of electrical malfunctions?

So how do we help prevent an attic fire? Here are three things firefighters suggest you hire a professional to do:

  1. Have your chimney inspected by a professional who will check the interior and exterior of the chimney, including the part running through the attic
  2. Check the wiring in your attic, preferably by an electrician, looking for signs of damage, cracked insulation (wire sheathing), and exposed or disconnected wires
  3. Look for signs of burning and charring in the insulation and wood

A common mistake is that everybody typically plugs in their space heaters to help supplement their heat. And then, they'll put them on a long extension cord so that they are able to reach areas with less heat. So, the longer the extension cord is, the more amperage it will draw on the circuit.

Another common fire hazard is when homeowners choose incandescent light bulbs in ceiling fixtures that is a higher voltage than required is also a fire hazard. That heat that is trapped within the light fixture goes straight up into the attic and in the wires and essentially cook the wires, starting a fire.

SERVPRO Here to Help

9/14/2019 (Permalink)

Servpro house logo, underneath are the words You Can Be Emergency Ready, a SERVPRO truck and a cellphone. SERVPRO of Stoneham/Wakefield professionals are here to help with all of your water, fire and mold damage needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Flooding and water damage events at Stoneham, Wakefield, Reading and North Reading commercial properties 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 Stoneham/ Wakefield

SERVPRO of Stoneham/ Wakefield specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a damaging 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.