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SERVPRO of Framingham Can Even Handle Hoarding

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

We can all relate to the difficulty of deciding whether or not to keep items, however 'Hoarding' is an actual condition when a person has persistent difficulty discarding personal possessions.  A significant amount of possessions overwhelm the home preventing normal use of the space or even making it unusable.  Hoarding brings distress and emotional health concerns.

Hoarding can increase fire risk in many ways:

  • Electrical wiring may be old, worn, or exposed from the weight of piles.  Rodents could chew on wiring.  Damage wires poses a fire threat.
  • Cooking is unsafe if flammable items are close to the stove or oven.
  • Heating units may be too close to items or on unstable surfaces that could cause the unit to tip onto a pile which could cause a fire. 
  • Open flames from smoking or candles with excess clutter are very dangerous.
  • Obstructed pathways and exits may prevent escape from a fire.

Also, hoarding could not only impact the homeowner, but, also the first responders to a house fire.

  • A cluttered home would obstruct firefighters movement throughout the home.
  • Firefighters could injure themselves from falling piles or even be trapped by blocked exits.
  • The weight of the stored items, especially if water is added to extinguish the fire, could cause collapse.
  • Clutter could impede the search and rescue of people and pets and make it difficult to provide medical care.

When talking to a person who hoards, focus on safety not the clutter.  Be empathetic, stress the importance of clear pathways and exits for a safer home.

SERVPRO of Framingham has experience with cleaning hoarding homes.  Hoarding is a specialty situation and in some cases involves some sort of biohazard situation.  Personal protection equipment is a must in these situations and should not be completed by a family member or friend.  If a family member is struggling and you need assistance, please call our office at (508) 370-4400.  We will be happy to assist you in making your home a safe place.

We Are Green & Clean with Benefect

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

The consumer today has increasingly been more aware of the chemicals in their products than ever before. Now SERVPRO of Framingham is offering safe alternatives.

Benefect, the world's first government registered hospital disinfectant using the essential oils from plants.  Today their technology can be found in many products including naturally based cleaners and alcohol-free hand sanitizer.

In nature, plants produce germ-killing essential oils to protect themselves from invading microbes, similar to how our bodies produce antibodies for our protection against disease.  Benefect is a revolutionary blend of these antimicrobial extracts, particularly from the herb Thyme.  Disinfectants typically use quaternary amines, bleach, or even synthetic thymol to kill germs.  Remarkably, Benefect kills over 99.99% of germs using only food-grade plant extracts.  Benefect is a 'plant immune system' in a bottle.

  • Kills 99.99% of Germs.
  • No Label Warnings or Signal Words.
  • Made from Plant Extracts.
  • No Synthetic Ingredients.
  • No Rinse or Wipe Required

SERVPRO of Framingham Can Even Handle Hoarding

4/27/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning SERVPRO of Framingham Can Even Handle Hoarding Hoarding can pose a fire risk. SERVPRO of Framingham can help make your home a safe place.

We can all relate to the difficulty of deciding whether or not to keep items, however 'Hoarding' is an actual condition when a person has persistent difficulty discarding personal possessions.  A significant amount of possessions overwhelm the home preventing normal use of the space or even making it unusable.  Hoarding brings distress and emotional health concerns.

Hoarding can increase fire risk in many ways:

  • Electrical wiring may be old, worn, or exposed from the weight of piles.  Rodents could chew on wiring.  Damage wires poses a fire threat.
  • Cooking is unsafe if flammable items are close to the stove or oven.
  • Heating units may be too close to items or on unstable surfaces that could cause the unit to tip onto a pile which could cause a fire. 
  • Open flames from smoking or candles with excess clutter are very dangerous.
  • Obstructed pathways and exits may prevent escape from a fire.

Also, hoarding could not only impact the homeowner, but, also the first responders to a house fire.

  • A cluttered home would obstruct firefighters movement throughout the home.
  • Firefighters could injure themselves from falling piles or even be trapped by blocked exits.
  • The weight of the stored items, especially if water is added to extinguish the fire, could cause collapse.
  • Clutter could impede the search and rescue of people and pets and make it difficult to provide medical care.

When talking to a person who hoards, focus on safety not the clutter.  Be empathetic, stress the importance of clear pathways and exits for a safer home.

SERVPRO of Framingham has experience with cleaning hoarding homes.  Hoarding is a specialty situation and in some cases involves some sort of biohazard situation.  Personal protection equipment is a must in these situations and should not be completed by a family member or friend.  If a family member is struggling and you need assistance, please call our office at (508) 370-4400.  We will be happy to assist you in making your home a safe place.

We Are Green & Clean with Benefect

2/8/2016 (Permalink)

The consumer today has increasingly been more aware of the chemicals in their products than ever before. Now SERVPRO of Framingham is offering safe alternatives.

Benefect, the world's first government registered hospital disinfectant using the essential oils from plants.  Today their technology can be found in many products including naturally based cleaners and alcohol-free hand sanitizer.

In nature, plants produce germ-killing essential oils to protect themselves from invading microbes, similar to how our bodies produce antibodies for our protection against disease.  Benefect is a revolutionary blend of these antimicrobial extracts, particularly from the herb Thyme.  Disinfectants typically use quaternary amines, bleach, or even synthetic thymol to kill germs.  Remarkably, Benefect kills over 99.99% of germs using only food-grade plant extracts.  Benefect is a 'plant immune system' in a bottle.

  • Kills 99.99% of Germs.
  • No Label Warnings or Signal Words.
  • Made from Plant Extracts.
  • No Synthetic Ingredients.
  • No Rinse or Wipe Required