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SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury Shares Preventing Mold Damage: Essential Tips for a Healthy Home

2/5/2023 (Permalink)

Green box with text and orange SERVPRO logo If you suspect mold growth in your home, it is important to have it inspected and professionally remediated to avoid further damage.

Mold damage can be a major problem in many homes. Here are some tips to help you prevent mold damage in your home:

  1. Control humidity levels: Mold thrives in moist environments, so it is essential to keep indoor humidity levels low. Use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from the air
  2. Fix leaks: Promptly fix any leaks in your roof, walls, or plumbing to prevent water damage and mold growth.
  3. Keep surfaces clean and dry: Regularly clean and dry surfaces in high-risk areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. Use a mold-resistant cleaning solution to disinfect surfaces and prevent mold from growing.
  4. Increase ventilation: Ensure that your home has proper ventilation to help prevent mold growth. This can be achieved by opening windows and doors regularly, using exhaust fans, and keeping air vents clear.
  5. Inspect and maintain HVAC systems: Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems can become a breeding ground for mold if not properly maintained. Inspect them regularly and have them serviced by a professional if needed.
  6. Store items properly: Store items, especially paper products and organic materials, properly in sealed containers to prevent mold growth.
  7. Regularly inspect your home: Regular inspections of your home can help identify mold damage early, allowing you to take action before it becomes a bigger problem. Look for discoloration on walls and ceilings, a musty odor, or any other signs of moisture damage.

By following these tips, you can help prevent mold damage in your home and your home's structure. If you suspect mold growth in your home, it is important to have it inspected and professionally remediated to avoid further damage and health problems.

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury is your premier choice for fire damage and restoration. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you updated on the project's status and ensure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your fire damage. 

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury Discusses How To Prevent Flooding in a Basement

2/5/2023 (Permalink)

water flooding in background with text overlay If you do experience basement flooding, don't hesitate to call in a professional to help with the cleanup and repair process.

Flooding in a basement can be a stressful and devastating experience. It can cause extensive damage to your property and belongings, and if not addressed promptly. Let's discuss the causes of basement flooding, the steps you can take to prevent it, and what to do if your basement is flooded.

There are many reasons why a basement can flood. Some common causes include:

  • Heavy rainfall: When there is an excessive amount of rainfall in a short period of time, it can cause water to seep into the basement through cracks in the foundation, windows, or doorways.
  • Overflowing gutters and downspouts: If your gutters and downspouts are clogged, water will overflow and can seep into the basement.
  • Sewer backup: A sewer backup occurs when wastewater from the sewer system enters your basement. This can be caused by a blockage in the sewer line, heavy rainfall, or a malfunction in the sewage system.
  • High water table: If the water table is high in your area, it can cause water to seep into the basement through the walls or floor.

To prevent basement flooding, there are several steps you can take:

  • Install a sump pump: A sump pump is a device that pumps water out of the basement when it reaches a certain level.
  • Check your gutters and downspouts regularly: Make sure they are clear of debris and are directing water away from the foundation of your home.
  • Install backflow valves: Backflow valves prevent sewer water from flowing back into your home.
  • Seal cracks in the foundation: If you find cracks in the foundation of your home, have them sealed to prevent water from seeping in.

If your basement is flooded, it's important to take immediate action to prevent further damage and to mitigate any health risks:

  • Turn off the electricity: If water has entered your basement, turn off the electricity to prevent electrical shock.
  • Remove water: If the water level is not too high, use a pump or wet vacuum to remove the water. If the water level is too high, call a professional to remove the water.
  • Clean and dry everything: Once the water has been removed, clean and dry all the items in the basement. This includes walls, floors, furniture, and other belongings.
  • Call in professionals: If the damage is extensive, it's best to call in a professional to assess the damage and make any necessary repairs.

Basement flooding can be a stressful and devastating experience, but by taking the steps to prevent it and knowing what to do if it occurs. If you do experience basement flooding, don't hesitate to call in a professional to help with the cleanup and repair process.

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury is your premier choice for fire damage and restoration. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you updated on the project's status and ensure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your fire damage. 

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury: How to Deal with Fire in the Workplace: Tips and Strategies

2/5/2023 (Permalink)

Green box with text and orange SERVPRO logo You can help prevent damage, minimize injury, and ensure the safety of everyone in your workplace in case of a fire.

A fire can happen at any time and place. Having a fire response plan in place and understanding the proper procedures to follow can help prevent damage, minimize injury and ensure the safety of everyone in the workplace.

Here are some tips and strategies to help you deal with fire in your business:

  1. Establish a fire response plan: This should include the proper procedures to follow in case of a fire, such as evacuation procedures, and the designated meeting place for employees after evacuation.
  2. Install fire alarms and fire suppression systems: Fire alarms should be placed throughout the workplace, and fire suppression systems such as sprinklers should be installed to help put out the fire.
  3. Regularly inspect and maintain fire equipment: Regular inspections and maintenance of fire alarms, fire suppression systems and other fire equipment is essential to ensure they are functioning properly and can be used in the event of a fire.
  4. Conduct regular fire drills: Regular fire drills are important to help employees understand what to do in the event of a fire, and to ensure that everyone is prepared.
  5. Store flammable materials properly: Flammable materials should be stored in fireproof cabinets, away from heat sources and potential sources of ignition.
  6. Train employees: Employees should be trained on the proper procedures to follow in case of a fire, including how to evacuate the building, how to use fire extinguishers, and how to report the fire.
  7. Have an emergency evacuation plan: An emergency evacuation plan should be in place and clearly communicated to all employees. This should include the designated meeting place for employees after evacuation.

By following these tips and strategies, you can help prevent damage, minimize injury, and ensure the safety of everyone in your workplace in case of a fire.

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury is your premier choice for fire damage and restoration. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you updated on the project's status and ensure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your fire damage. 

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury Explains Winter Storm Damage

2/5/2023 (Permalink)

Winter with text box and Orange SERVPRO logo Winter storms can bring both beauty and danger. By taking the necessary precautions and being prepared, you can protect your property from winter.

Winter storms can bring both beautiful snow and dangerous ice. This can also cause significant damage to homes and businesses. Here are some common types of winter storm damage and tips for protecting your property.

  1. Roof damage: Heavy snow and ice can put a lot of weight on your roof, which can cause damage, including cracks, leaks, and even collapse. Regularly removing snow and ice from your roof can help prevent damage.
  2. Frozen pipes: When pipes freeze, they can burst and cause significant water damage to your home or business. To prevent this, make sure your pipes are properly insulated and kept at a temperature above freezing.
  3. Power outages: Winter storms can bring high winds and heavy snow that can cause power outages. Have backup power sources, such as a generator, on hand to ensure that you have power during a winter storm.
  4. Slips and falls: Ice and snow can make walkways and steps slippery, which can lead to falls and injury. Keep walkways and steps clear of snow and ice to prevent accidents.
  5. Vehicle damage: Winter storms can cause damage to your vehicle, including dents, scratches, and even engine damage. Store your vehicle in a garage or covered area to protect it from winter weather.

Regularly inspect your home or business for potential damage and make any necessary repairs. If a winter storm is forecasted, take steps to secure your property, such as removing loose objects, reinforcing windows and doors, and stocking up on supplies.

In the event that winter storm damage occurs, it is important to act quickly to prevent further damage. 

Winter storms can bring both beauty and danger. By taking the necessary precautions and being prepared, you can protect your property from winter storm damage.

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury is your premier choice for fire damage and restoration. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you updated on the project's status and ensure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your fire damage. 

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury Fire Restoration: The Steps to Take After a Fire

2/5/2023 (Permalink)

Fire in background with orange box and SERVPRO logo A fire can be a devastating experience, leaving destruction in its wake. With the right steps and the right professionals, it's possible to restore.

A fire can be a devastating experience, leaving destruction in its wake. With the right steps and the right professionals, it's possible to restore your home or business to its pre-fire condition.

Step 1: Ensure Safety

Before entering your property, make sure it's safe to do so. Check with the fire department or your insurance company to see if it's okay to enter. If it is, wear protective gear, such as a mask and gloves, to protect yourself from soot and other harmful substances.

Step 2: Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance company to report the fire and start the claims process. They will guide you through the next steps and help you determine what is covered under your policy.

Step 3: Contact a Fire Restoration Professional

It's important to work with a professional fire restoration company as soon as possible. These professionals have the experience and equipment needed to properly clean up and restore your property. 

Step 4: Clean Up and Restoration

The fire restoration process can include a variety of tasks, including cleaning up soot, removing damaged items, repairing structural damage, and restoring furniture and other personal items. 

Step 5: Rebuild and Reconstruction

In some cases, the fire may have caused significant damage that requires rebuilding or reconstruction. If this is the case, the restoration professionals can work with you and your insurance company to rebuild your property to its pre-fire condition.

The aftermath of a fire can be overwhelming, but with the right steps and professionals, it's possible to restore your property and get back to your normal life. 

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury is your premier choice for fire damage and restoration. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you updated on the project's status and ensure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your fire damage. 

The Do's and Don'ts of Minimizing Soot and Smoke Damages

2/1/2023 (Permalink)

man cleaning black ceiling There are many ways to minimize the damage caused by soot and smoke.

After experiencing fire damage, the soot and smoke damage which comes after can be difficult to restore. Knowing the best practices to remediate this damage is great information, but knowing how to prevent it is integral. Read information here on how to prevent damage from soot and smoke occurring. 

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Brush vacuum loose soot particles from upholstery, drapes and carpet.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances with light coating of Vaseline or oil.
  • Wash house plants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.     

DON’T:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO of Mobile County.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances, TV sets, radios, etc. that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water. They may have been contaminated.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Even if your property didn’t suffer fire damage, there may be soot particles and residues left to clean up. If cleaned improperly, the odor and effects can linger long after the fire has been extinguished. From the structure itself to the contents inside SERVPRO of Norwood/West Roxbury utilizes the latest technology and training to make it "Like it never even happened." Contact us at (781) 769-9125

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury Shares How to Deal with Fire and Smoke Damage in a Home or Business 

1/7/2023 (Permalink)

Green box with text and orange SERVPRO logo SERVPRO Norwood West Roxbury trained in a variety of different related clean-up including the latest professional equipment, tools, and procedures.

It is not common for fire loss, soot damage, or smoke damage problems to occur in any building.

When a firefighter enters a fire, their first defense is to use lots of water to extinguish the fire. The steps that firefighters take to control the fire will leave back ashes, fire loss, soot damage, smoke damage or air quality problems. You will need to hire a professional to get the remainder of the damage taken care of.  SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury  is trained in a variety of different related clean-up including the latest professional equipment, tools, and procedures. 

With our fire cleanup efforts, the business can get back to business as soon as it is physically possible.

Smoke and fire damage situation is different for everyone, each situation requires a unique solution tailored to the specific conditions. 


SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury is your premier choice for fire damage and restoration. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you updated on the project's status and ensure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your fire damage.

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury Shares Causes of a Flooded Basement.

1/7/2023 (Permalink)

Orange background with text and SERVPRO logo SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury is your premier choice for water damage and restoration.

One of our recent projects was a flood in a local home. The SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury crews quickly restored their home.

A flooded basement can occur anytime, especially from weather related events such as heavy rainfall or rapid snowmelt to older homes. 

Below are other causes of basement flooding:

  • Foundation cracks
  • Broken basement windows
  • Poor-draining window wells
  • Sewer system problems
  • Sump pump problems
  • Improperly sealed basement walls
  • House located at the bottom of a slope
  • Weeping tile blockage
  • Overflowing rain gutters
  • Improper downspout locations
  • Appliance leaks
  • Overflowing toilet or bathtub
  • Drainage system failure
  • Water heater failure

Proper home maintenance can prevent the problems. Make sure to check rain gutters and remove all debris, and seal cracks in your foundation. 


SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury is your premier choice for water damage and restoration. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you updated on the project's status and ensure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your water damage.

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury Shares The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Fire Damage and Restoration

1/7/2023 (Permalink)

Fire in background with box and SERVPRO logo SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury is your premier choice for fire damage and restoration.

Surviving a fire can be a traumatic. After the flames have been put out and the smoke has cleared, it’s time to begin restoring your property. 

We are sharing some of the top questions when it comes to fire damage. 

  1. What Is the First Thing I Should Do After a Fire?: After the firefighters have put out the flames, it is a wise decision to call a fire damage restoration company immediately to begin the repairs.  
  2. Can I Inspect My Home After a Fire?: No, you will want stay out of your property following a fire. Homes affected by a blaze are considered unstable and unsafe.  
  3. How Do I Secure My Home After a Fire?: The damage restoration company can install board-ups and tarp covers to protect your home. 
  4. If the Fire Damage Is Minor, Can I Clean It Myself?: No, this can put you and your loved ones in danger. Exposure to smoke and soot from fires can cause breathing difficulties. 
  5. What Should I Do With the Water Used To Extinguish the Fire?: The fire damage repair team can extract the standing water using equipment such as sumps or extraction tools.
  6. Can Smoke Damage Be Removed? Smoke and soot damage on floors, walls, ceilings, and other surfaces might be tough to deal with, but they can be removed. 
  7. Do I Need To Move Out During the Restoration Process? Yes, living in a fire-damaged home can be more stressful and unsafe. 
  8. How Long Does Fire Damage Restoration Take?: The timeline for fire damage restoration project varies depending on the scope and severity of the damage. 


SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury is your premier choice for fire damage and restoration. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you updated on the project's status and ensure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your fire damage.

SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury Shares Frozen Pipe Information

12/4/2022 (Permalink)

Green background with orange SERVPRO logo and title. Pipes will eventually unfreeze on their own naturally. However, this takes time and could cause pipes to burst.

Winter months calls for frozen pipes. It is important to know and understand what this means to prevent damage to your building. 

Pipes will eventually unfreeze on their own naturally. However, this takes time and could actually cause more damage because it could eventually lead to the pipe bursting. 

Here is what you should do if you suspect you have frozen pipes.

  1. Check with a neighbor to see if they’re experiencing frozen pipes too. If they have running water, it’s likely your pipes have frozen.
  2. Turn off the water immediately using the main shut off valve.
  3. Open the faucet for water to flow through the pipe once the area is melted. 
  4. Apply heat around the pipe using a hair dryer. Keep all heat sources away from flammable materials.
  5. Once pipes are thawed, you can turn the water back on and check all joints for leaks.
  6. Check all pipes and joints for leaks or cracks.

If there are still issues, do not wait to address them, and contact an experienced water restoration company. 


SERVPRO of Norwood West Roxbury is your premier choice for water damage and restoration. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you updated on the project's status and ensure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your water damage.