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Fire Alarms

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

When a fire starts in your Holliston, Ma commercial or residential property time is not on your side. You only have so much time to leave the premises and call for help. Every second counts. If you encounter a fire, you will be thankful to have a fire alarm that gives you a head start. Your property should be outfitted with multiple alarms so that you are made immediately aware of the situation, no matter where the fire begins.

How Many Alarms Do You Need


There is no exact number of alarms to have on hand, as everything depends on the size and layout of your property. In general, it is recommended that you have at least one alarm on each floor. You are also advised to place alarms inside or nearby the following rooms:

Residential

  1. Bedrooms
  2. Basements
  3. Garages
  4. Attics

Commercial

  1. Inside office rooms
  2. In hallways
  3. On every floor

It is not possible to have too many alarms, and it is far better to ensure that your property is highly protected in order to avoid the devastating effects of fire. The sooner you know about a fire, the more quickly you can get assistance and avoid severe fire damage.

What Should I Do After a Fire

Though alarms are an important source of protection, they cannot always keep your property free of fire or smoke damage. If your commercial or residential property is severely damaged after a fire, then a professional fire restoration team can make repairs and even remove smoke smells from your carpet. 

Having smoke and fire alarms is necessary, but the reality is, even after doing all of these things, a fire can still happen. If it does call the experts at SERVPRO of Framingham at (508) 370-4400.  We will make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Fire Preparedness

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

You probably remember being in school and going through periodic drills to get ready for the possibility of a fire. The information and practice are valuable. As a business leader, holding fire drills are a good idea. You hope to never experience a fire in your Framingham, Ma, workplace, but the knowledge and preparation can give you peace of mind.

Map Out The Building

Regardless of the size of your office, you and everyone at work need to be aware of the layout and design. Study the map and determine the most effective and the safest exit routes from every floor and from every portion of the facility during an emergency.

Assign Roles

fire drill should definitely not be a free-for-all where everyone rushes out of the building without order. There are critical responsibilities that people should play in this scenario. These include the following:

  1. Team lead or floor warden, who is responsible for making sure everyone gets out safely
  2. Communication specialist, who can teach employees about the drill steps and what to do in an emergency
  3. Design specialist, who can come up with the physical or digital representation of the escape route and meeting place.

Talk About It

Before having a drill, it is essential that all employees in the organization understand what will take place and what they will do once it begins. In groups meetings or in a company gathering, discuss the critical components of your drill, including where to meet and the importance of leaving promptly but calmly.

Practice

Have a drill at least once a year. This will benefit newer employees and refresh the memories of more seasoned workers. Afterward, discuss with the group what went well and what improvements are necessary.

Practice makes perfect, but even after doing all of these things, a fire can still happen. If it does call the experts at SERVPRO of Framingham at (508) 370-4400.  We will make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Dryer Vent Safety

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Cleaning your dryer vents isn’t just a nice thing-to-do as a homeowner in Hopkinton, Ma. It is one of the most important house projects that could save you from a potential dryer fire. In return, the appliance works efficiently and serves you for a long time without breaking.
Warning signs that tell it’s time to clean the dryer vent include:

  1. Clothes take longer to dry
  2. Burning smell
  3. Vent trap doesn’t open correctly

Clothes Take Longer to Dry


When a dryer vent is clogged, clothes take longer to dry as hot air and moisture cannot leave the drum freely. That translates to 2 or more cycles on top of your regular rounds for the clothes dry. This prolonged usage puts more wear and tear on the appliance and therefore cutting its lifetime by almost half.

Burning Smell

If you detect a burning smell from your dryer, please turn it off immediately. That could be a clog in the lint trap or the drum, and you are looking at a possible lint fire. Hot clothes and longer drying time accompany this symptom, and the best cause of action is to clear the clog before further usage. It is also a good idea to inform everyone who uses the machine about this issue.

The Vent Trap Doesn’t Open Properly


A stuck vent trap is also another sign of lint build-up. It could be the result of overdue maintenance, and it will kill your appliance eventually. However, this is an extreme case. So, you might want to check for debris or lint around the dryer hose to catch this problem before it causes a nasty clog or a lint fire.
Don’t wait till the appliance to malfunction so you can start troubleshooting. Regular maintenance will save you money and prevent a lint fire in the long run.

Safety first, but even after taking all of these necessary precautions a fire can still happen. If it does call the experts at SERVPRO of Framingham at (508) 370-4400.  We will make it, "Like it never even happened." 

Sprinklers Save Lives But Also Cause Water Damage

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Sprinkler systems are required to be installed in commercial and industrial buildings. During a fire disaster they save lives and help to limit the damage to the structure. Unfortunately they also cause significant water damage when putting out the fire or should the system malfunction.

When working properly, they are activated by heat. When the heat from a fire reaches between 135 and 165 degrees the mercury liquid filled bulb bursts allowing the water to flow through the sprinkler head. Sometimes the bulb or head malfunctions, burst allowing the flow of water through the system even without a fire raging. Failures occur with sprinkler heads commonly when the line freezes from cold weather or the head gets hit or pulled on by something.

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Framingham are here to help. Whatever the cause of your sprinkler system activating, contact the commercial remediation experts of SERVPRO of Framingham at (508) 370-4400!  We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Common Causes Of Sump Pump Failure

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Power Failure

Your primary sump pump should not be treated any different than any other appliance in your home - without power, it is completely worthless.  As a safeguard, invest in a high quality battery back-up sump pump.   A battery kept continually charged by the backup system operates a separate pump linked to the discharge pipe, providing you hours of protection until power is restored. Some backup pumps even monitor the condition of the battery and alert you when it needs to be replaced.

Frozen Discharge Pipe

If the discharge pipe is not installed and pitched properly, water will collect. During cold Framingham, Ma winters this water blockage could eventually freeze, causing the sump pump to fail. 

Switch Stuck In Place

There are several different types of sump float switches.  Vertical and tethered floats are the most common.  Vertical floats generally work the best as tethered floats are known for getting stuck on the side walls of the sump pit (resulting in a flooded basement).

Over-worked / Under-Powered Sump Pump

Not all pumps are created equal. Make sure you install the correct horsepower pump capable of keeping up with the flow of water in your commercial or residential property.   

Old Age

It is generally recommended that sump pumps should be replaced every five to seven years in order to be reasonably safe. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

If you experience a sewage backup the first step, if it is safe to do so, is to turn off the Water Main. Then call the water remediation experts of SERVPRO of Framingham to remediate the water damage. and to determine the cause of the burst pipe at  (508) 370-4400. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Faster To Any Size Disaster

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Disaster can strike your Sudbury, Ma commercial or residential property at any time. When it does, immediate action is necessary. 

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Framingham are on call 24 hours a day, every day of the year, including holidays! When you call us you can expect a fast response and quick action. Our main facility is strategically located right off of 495. This allows our teams to be faster to any size disaster in the Metro-west area. When disaster strikes an immediate response and action will;

  1. Minimize the damage
  2. Reduce cleaning and remediation costs
  3. Reduce the remediation timeline

SERVPRO of Framingham is here to help our community and will be by your side every step of the way after a crisis damages your Sudbury, Ma commercial or residential property. Call (508) 370-4400 for help with any emergency and will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO of Framingham - Customer Service

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

All of us at SERVPRO of Framingham understand that getting the job done is only part of the job. When our technicians arrive on site they provide our clients with a vital first impression of our organization which is why we place very high expectations on our technicians.  We expect them to take pride in their work, their appearance and the relationships that they build with our customers.

The SERVPRO of Framingham Difference

When you contact for SERVPRO of Framingham for remediation  services, the certified technicians of our Disaster Remediation Teams will arrive promptly ready to take action.  They will be dressed professionally in SERVPRO branded gear and will be driving our SERVPRO branded vehicles.  Our project managers have an open line of communication with our customers and will be the single point of contact throughout the project lifecycle. They clearly set expectations and keep our clients informed explaining the process and answering any questions.  When the project is complete we perform a final walkthrough with our customers to make sure they are satisfied with the results. We may even ask for any recommendations as to how we can improve our service for future customers. 

We are always striving to improve!

So when you contact , you can relax knowing that great customer service is our top priority!  We value our customers and our hope is to always make every impression a great one!

SERVPRO of Framingham is here to help our community by offering the best customer experience in the remediation industry. We will be by your side every step of the way after disaster strikes. Call (508) 370-4400 for help with any emergency and will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO of Framingham - Fire Remediation

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

We strive to provide every customer with an unparalleled recovery experience for their Massachusetts commercial or residential property. While we have specialists in every niche of the industry, our primary focus is continuing to be a leading company providing restoration services to residents of the Commonwealth. Our Disaster Remediation Teams will help steer you through every phase of your property's recovery, from the initial damage inspection and mitigation work through reconstruction and cleanup. 

Fire

Because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, many Framingham, Ma residents have looked to our expertise and training to help restore their properties after fire loss incidents occur. These situations can be devastating for our clients, so it is vital to work quickly on mitigating loss and reducing the physical hazards that threaten pose risk to our customers. 

No two fire emergencies is ever precisely the same, and because of this, our certified Disaster Remediation Technicians must continue their education into modern practices, equipment, and products. We have accreditations and endorsements through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in Fire & Smoke Restoration, Odor Control, and Carpet Cleaning. Many of our fire recovery specialists have more than one of these certifications to make our efforts more efficient and to help complete jobs on time and under budget. 

We know that some fires can take a heavy toll on the structure of your property and we have construction experts on site to help from small repairs through full-scale reconstruction and renovation. We are a one-stop shop for fire recovery, offering effective mitigation services like soot and smoke removal, deodorization, and fire debris cleanup which seamlessly transitions to reconstruction and repair. 

SERVPRO of Framingham is here to help our community by offering the best fire remediation experience in the industry. We will be by your side every step of the way after disaster strikes. Call (508) 370-4400 for help with any emergency and will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO of Framingham - Water Damage

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

While we have specialists in every domain of the remediation industry, our primary focus is continuing to be premiere restoration services company in the Ashland, Ma area. Our Disaster Remediation Teams of certified SERVPRO professionals can help steer our clients through every phase of recovery; from the initial damage inspection and mitigation work through reconstruction and cleanup. 

Water 

Especially with larger commercial properties, water damage in Massachusetts structures can happen from numerous sources and can create a hazardous situation for customers and employees alike. Preparing for all of these potential outcomes could be impossible, but protecting your property and its contents during these emergencies does not have to be. The entire SERVPRO of Framingham staff is prepared to handle even the most complex water loss incident. This preparedness includes independent, third party certification - IICRC-Certified as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT). Our technicians are structural drying specialists, able to both assess the damage to your Ashland, Ma property quickly and implement the right tools and techniques to overcome saturation and water exposure. Many of our Water Restoration Technicians also have secondary accreditations from the IICRC for Applied Structural Drying to stay attuned to the latest practices, equipment, and products involved in moisture removal. 

SERVPRO of Framingham is here to help our community by offering the best water remediation experience in the industry. We will be by your side every step of the way after disaster strikes. Call (508) 370-4400 for help with any emergency and will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Snow Storm Safety

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

snow storm ready Servpro We are ready for the snow storm!

When winter comes around in Massachusetts, we can expect lots of snow and cold weather which can lead to frozen pipes and icy driveways. While the snow is beautiful to look at and a great reason to cozy up, it can be dangerous to your home. 

This week, NWS and forecasters have indicated that the snow totals will reach higher than four inches, and a winter weather advisory exists now for tonight through the evening hours for all of CT, RI and MA west of I-95. Totals are expected to be 3-5 inches (with the 5 inches in the Berkshires and higher terrain of Worcester County). Elsewhere in MA, the totals will be closer to 1-2 inches with a trace of snow on the mid-Cape and the islands. 

This change reflects the latest models which anticipate the secondary low pressure system not departing as quickly as initially thought. On Thursday, another storm coming from Utah, NM, AZ region, will take a more southerly route than this current storm. It will miss us but drag down some very cold air. By Friday, wind chills will be in the double digits below zero! The coldest air of the season by a longshot! 

With this snow storm on the way, now is a good time to look over winter safety procedures with your family to prepare for any circumstance that may come your way. The storms can make driving and walking extremely hazardous, so it is in everyone’s best interest to listen to the radio for the latest information for your area. 

Tips to keep safe during this weather:

  • Stay indoors and dress warmly
  • Eat regularly, because food gives energy to give the body its own heat
  • Drink water to stay hydrated when inside
  • Wear thick and layered clothing and protective gear against the cold if you go outside to shovel or do anything else
  • Keep the gas tank full
  • Avoid driving 
  • Check on neighbors to make sure they are okay

Every snowstorm instance is different, but it is important to keep safety tips in mind for assured protection in any situation.