Recent Water Damage Posts

A Little Amount Of Water Equals Significant Damage

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

Even small amounts of water damage can lead to significant damage to your Bellingham, MA commercial or residential property. The primary reason is DIY restoration. To the untrained eye, everything may look dried out but hidden moisture may remain which could cause a mold infestation. If you see visible mold, your best move is to leave it alone because when you disturb mold by trying to remove it you can inadvertently spread mold spores throughout your home. Mold spores are microscopic and when you try to clean them, the mold can release tiny spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What To Do

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Foxborough for mold remediation services.

What Not To Do

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Foxborough specializes in mold cleanup and restoration; in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our Disaster Remediation Teams are highly trained restoration professionals with access to specialized state-of-the-art equipment. They are also trained in the proper techniques to remediate mold without cross contaminating unaffected areas of your property. 

If you suspect your commercial or residential property has a mold infestation call the experts of SERVPRO of Foxborough at (508) 533-5305. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

Getting To Know Ice Dams

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

One of the major causes of property damage during the winter months in New England are ice dams. Ice dams form on the eaves of sloped roofs. Freezing of melted snow at the eave impedes the drainage of melt-water, adding to the ice dam an so on. Because the drainage of the melt-water is impeded water may find its way under protective roofing materials and into the building.

How They Occur

Ice dams occur on heated buildings with sloping roofs in cold climates with deep snow accumulation. Ice dams on roofs form when accumulated snow forms an insulating layer under cold conditions that would cause the freezing point to be within the snow layer, if it were not subject to melting. Instead, building heat coming through the roof's surface melts the snow resting on it. This causes melt-water to flow down the roof, until it reaches below a place on the roof's surface that is below freezing—typically at the eaves where there is no building heat. When the melt-water reaches the frozen surface, ice accumulates, growing a barrier that impedes further passage of melt-water off the roof. Ice dams may result in leaks through the roofing material, possibly resulting in damaged ceilings, walls, roof structure and insulation, damage or injury when the ice dam falls off or from attempts to remove ice dams.

The melting of roof snow comes from the combination of three basic causes:

  1. Air temperatures well below freezing.
  2. A thick layer of dry snow, which has good insulating capabilities.
  3. Heat from the building coming through the roof.

Generally, ice dams occur when the under-roof temperature is above 30 °F (−1 °C) and the outdoor air temperature is below 22 °F (−6 °C).

Factors Of Increased Risk

While ice dams simply need the ideal weather conditions to form there are additional factors that will increase the likelihood of ice dams forming. They are:

  1. Old/damaged roofs
  2. Lack of or improperly installed rubberized asphalt underlayment 
  3. Damaged or blocked gutters
  4. Insufficient or improperly installed insulation

When ice dams form on your commercial or residential property;

Do

  1. Clear all snow with a wheeled roof rake
  2. Place calcium chloride ice melt in panty hose, tie into small balls and place them in a row, approximately one foot apart, across the top of the ice dam
  3. If necessary us a rubber mallet to break the ice
  4. Hire a professional

Do Not

  1. Use a shovel to remove the snow
  2. Attempt to break the ice with a hammer or any hard object
  3. Use rock salts
  4. Any type of external heat source

If ice dams form on your commercial or residential property and cause water damage call the experts of SERVPRO of Foxborough at (508) 533-5305. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

4 Causes Of Burst Pipes

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Burst pipes are a common occurrence in the Commonwealth as the colder months set in. Many residents and workers are in buildings where the pipes are potentially older than their grandparents! When water pipes burst it may be preceded by a loud pop sound. Regardless, the result is can be major flooding in your Walpole, MA commercial or residential property. There are four main reasons why burst pipes occur:

  1. Frozen Pipes
  2. Moving Pipes
  3. Water Pressure
  4. Corrosion

Frozen Pipes

During the Winter months, serious issues can arise for the water supply pipes. Cold temperatures cause contraction to occur. Ice has more volume than water, so when water freezes inside a pipe it expands and increases pressure inside the pipe. The pressure builds resulting in a  burst in the pipe. The burst will occur at the weakest point in the pipe, with pressure bursting right out of the side of the pipe wall.

To prevent frozen pipes, make sure that the temperature inside your property stays above 55 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Moving Pipes

Pipes can actually move around within the walls if they’re not properly secured especially when the water is suddenly turned on or off. One way to know for sure is if you can hear your water pipes making noise inside the walls or floors. If your pipes sound like they’re clanging against each other, it’s called a water hammer. What you’re hearing is that the pipes are moving back and forth due to not being held into place properly. Gradually, these pipes become weakened in the joints until one pipe fails. This causes the water pipe to break and flood your property.

Water Pressure

Water pressure must be kept at a normal setting in order for your water supply pipes to function properly. Any noticeable increase in the water pressure can translate to a burst pipe. As pressure increases, the pipes will cave in and separate, causing a rupture. Not sure if your water pressure is above too high?

  1. The water pressure in most homes is between 30-50 psi to avoid damage to pipes and plumbing fixtures.
  2. Monitor it by attaching a pressure gauge to a sink spout and turning on the faucet. The pressure will move the needle on the gauge and display the water pressure in psi (pounds per square inch).
  3. If your home’s water pressure is too high, a SERVPRO of Foxborough technician can install a pressure reducing valve to bring it down to safer levels.

CORROSION

Pipes are meant to last a long time and provide decades worth of reliable service, but they do not last indefinitely. Over time, buildings experience corrosion which can mean that pipes will show signs of failure or decay. Corrosion is caused by an imbalance of pH in the water. At first, this seems to be a minor issue, but it takes its tolls on the pipes over the years. 

Many water supply pipes are made of galvanized iron, the minerals inside the water slowly wear down the galvanized coating and expose the iron pipe beneath. In time, the iron turns to rust and gradually clogs the interior of the pipe which prevents water from getting through. As a result, your pipe may burst or the water flow may be stopped entirely.

If you experience a burst pipe, the first step is to turn off the Water Main. Then call the water remediation experts of SERVPRO of Foxborough to remediate the water damage. and to determine the cause of the burst pipe at (508) 533-5305. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

5 Commercial Property Water Risks

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

When the weather turns extreme, it’s natural to worry about water damaging your Walpole, MA commercial property. Unfortunately, even when the weather is seemingly perfect, there are other culprits that can cause water damage. Here are five potential causes of water issues to watch out for.

Plumbing

A broken pipe can happen for numerous reasons, including freezing temperatures, pressure changes, water supply deterioration. Water stains, bulging walls, musty odors, or damaged tiles are indicators that there may be a leaking pipe that requires a water repair.

Sprinkler System Issues

Vital as the first line of defense, if not properly maintained, a sprinkler system can lead to extensive damage, especially if a broken pipe is the issue. Along with accidental activation, which results in 100s of gallons of water pouring down, neglected systems can slowly leak.

Faulty Appliances or Equipment

Along with major systems like HVAC and water heaters, any dishwasher or equipment that uses water on the property could be the source of a lingering musty odor. Regular maintenance, inspections, and cleaning are necessary to keep them working properly.

Sewer and Toilet Backups

Regardless if the cause is improperly flushing items, flooding overfilling the sewer drain or issues with the city’s mainline, toilet and sewer water is not regular water. Full of contaminants, cleaning it up requires extra considerations. If these types of issues arise, it’s best to call a trusted plumber to determine the problem to help keep it from happening again.

Structural Damage

Buildings may be built to last, but they are not invincible. Any part of it not doing what it should could let water seep in. Before the next rain, inspect the building for broken windows, leaky roofs, and foundation issues. Improper drainage, such as clogged gutters, can quickly lead to big foundational problems.


Regardless of the cause, immediately addressing the water damage is necessary to limit the destruction. If water has damaged your commercial property call the water remediation experts of SERVPRO of Foxborough of (508) 533-5305 today! We will make it "Like it never even happened." 

Protect Your Property From Rainfall Damage

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy rain and storms can cause substantial damage to your Bellingham, MA commercial or residential property, especially if you aren't prepared. Storms can produce high winds causing fallen branches, and trees. There is always the possibility that when a storm hits, there will be damage to a property. Even a small roof puncture or a cracked window from a tree limb can be enough to allow rainfall to trickle (or pour) into your home. A downed tree can cause serious damage to your roof, siding and windows. Heavy rain also raises the risk of flooding. The following tips will help keep your property safe and dry in the event of a storm:

  1. Consider options to protect your windows and entryways such as adding shutters, rain diverters and storm doors.
  2. Having a sump pump and dehumidifier handy can really help on days with heavy rain or high humidity.
  3. Keep an eye on the trees closest to your home. Of course, you don’t want to cut into every tree but sometimes damage can be prevented by trimming back the trees that pose a threat.
  4. Regularly check that rainwater is draining properly. If it isn’t, consider ways to redirect it such as adding gutters or consulting a contractor.
  5. Regularly check your home for potential weaknesses especially in the roof, siding and windows. Even a small opening can let in rainwater so catching and repairing these issues before a storm hits is important and will save you money.

If water has damaged your commercial or residential property call the water remediation experts of SERVPRO of Foxborough of (508) 533-5305 today! We will make it "Like it never even happened." 

Even Small Leaks Can Lead To Large Losses

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Even the smallest spills and leaks can lead to major damage in your Foxborough, MA residential or commercial property. Not properly cleaning up after a spill can cause mold growth. Ignoring a small water leak can, over time, can cause damage to building materials such as floors, walls, insulation and may even result in structural damage. 

Not every water spill is serious enough to call a professional water cleanup company, but it's important for you to know how to properly take care of any spills or small leak. If you act fast and understand how to clean up, you can prevent any secondary damage. 

For example, a fish tank that leaks or breaks and a gallons of water spill onto the floor. Here are some of the things you'll need to properly clean the area:

  1. Shop vacuum (wet/dry vac) 
  2. Pumps
  3. Towels
  4. Box fan/s 
  5. Air movers
  6. Dehumidifier - If you don't have one you can rent from your local tool rental business. It's best to have an industrial strength dehumidifier, but in a pinch a household is better than no dehumidifier at all.

Most property owners may have some of the necessary tools and may even think that is enough. Unfortunately, that is usually not the case. There are no short cuts to take during the drying process.

As soon as you see the spill, and IF IT IS SAFE TO DO SO:

  1. Identify and stop the source of water
  2. Cleaning up the mess right away with a a pump or shop vacuum if you have one
  3. Use towels to dry the rest of the water
  4. ONLY IF ALL WATER HAS BEEN REMOVED AND IT IS SAFE TO DO SO, place box fans or a dehumidifiers near the damaged area and them on.    

The fact is that it is NOT always safe to clean up water damage. From contaminated water to the possibility of electrocution the risk of harming oneself is real. That is why you need the help of certified professionals.

If water has damaged your commercial or residential property call the experts at SERVPRO of FoxboroughWe will make it "Like it never even happened," at (508) 229-2061 for remediation services. 

Steps To Take When Filing A Claim

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

5 Steps for Filing a Water Damage Claim

No matter the source, water in your Franklin, MA, home or commercial property can cause quite a bit of costly damage. Because of this, it is important to start filing your insurance claim as soon as possible. This will allow you to finish the process and receive the financial assistance as quickly as possible. Use the following steps to get through the situation smoothly.

1. Contact Your Insurance Agent

The first thing that you should do is to call your insurance company so that they can begin filing your claim right away. In some cases, waiting too long to contact the company can affect your insurance claim or cause it to be denied, so don’t hesitate to do this.

2. Document the Damage

While an insurance adjuster will come to look at your home and assess the damage, you don’t need to wait for them to arrive to take this step. Begin taking pictures of damaged areas of the structure as well as affected belongings. You may want to make a list of damaged contents as well. The adjuster can use these as proof of damage.

3. Start Cleanup and Mitigation

Even if it is from a clean source like a pipe burst, the longer water sits in your home, the more damage it can cause. In order to reduce the cost and time of remediation and repairs, you can start removing water from the building so that it can begin to dry. Set aside damaged items as well.

4. Review Your Policy

All policies are not exactly the same, so it is important to know what is covered in yours. Some causes of damage, such as a flood, may not be included. Look over the details so that you know what to expect and what is expected of you during the claims process.

5. Prepare Necessary Forms

Once the insurance company has sent you the required forms, you should fill them out as soon as possible. This way, they will have everything they need to finish filing your claim.

If your home has been damaged by water, filing your insurance claim quickly can help you cover the costs and calling SERVPRO of Foxborough will insure that your property is return it to its previous condition! 

Help My Toilet Is Overflowing

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

While toilets may get clogged or not function as they should from time to time, an overflowing toilet can pose a large issue, especially if dealing with a sewage backup. If sewage water enters your home in Walpole, MA, it is labeled Category 3 water and needs to be considered an emergency since the bacteria, viruses, and microbes in the contaminated water can cause serious illness and harm to anyone it comes into contact with. This situation warrants the help of a professional sewage cleanup and restoration company. Here is some useful information for dealing with a toilet overflow and sewer damage.

Possible Causes of a Sewage Backup

There are several reasons sewage might make its way into your home:

  • Clogged or flooded toilet
  • Tree roots affecting sewer line
  • Damaged, worn, or clogged sewer line
  • Municipal sewer backup

How To Deal With a Clogged Toilet

While a clogged toilet is not an emergency in itself, it needs to be dealt with correctly to prevent sewer damage from occurring. Often, a small clog can be handled using a toilet plunger. You should prevent overflowing ahead of time by taking the lid off the tank and pushing the flapper down, which prevents water from entering the bowl. Then turn off the toilet’s main water supply. If a plunger doesn’t fix the clog, you can try using a toilet auger or snake to break up a clog in the drainage pipe. Sometimes, a plunger or auger won’t be enough to fix the issue and will need to be fixed by a professional plumber.

Since sewage backup is grossly contaminated and causes severe harm to any who ingests or comes into contact with it, you should always call a professional sewer damage cleanup company rather than try to clean up the mess yourself. 

SERVPRO of Foxborough, Your Water Remediation Experts

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

Untouched water damage will cause havoc.

Many times, leaking pipes cause water damage in a home. When it goes unnoticed, a large volume of water can discharge over a short period, which can cause significant damage depending on the location of the leak. If you notice such an issue, turn off the water supply first.

It is also vital to locate and repair the leak and remove ruined items from the affected area. If the point of the leak that caused water damage in your Foxborough residence is concealed, we will use a thermal imaging camera to locate it. Your insurer may request you locate the point of the leak and provide the details in the documentation used to file a claim. Turning off the electricity to the affected areas is also vital for this can prevent electrocution hazards.

The Disaster Remediation Team at SERVPRO of Foxborough will immediately dry the affected areas. We have the right equipment for the job, such as wet/dry vacuum cleaners, pumps, air movers and dehumidifiers. We identify the extent of water loss and use structural drying techniques to dry the affected areas thoroughly. We determine what should be done, monitor and document the drying process with accurate measurements and recorded data.

After we dry the affected areas, our Rebuild Team will begin the restoration tasks required to return the property to its preloss condition. Restoration work may include cleaning, reinstalling or repairing floors and floor coverings like carpets, carpet pads, hardwood flooring, and resilient or non-resilient floors. We can also install tack strip, seam carpets, repair or replace subfloors and refinish structural materials like ceilings, walls, the plates behind baseboards, framing, insulation, and vapor barriers and more! Once complete, we perform final cleaning and inspections. SERVPRO of Foxborough technicians will not close out a job until they ensure that the work meets our client's satisfaction.

If water has damaged your commercial or residential property call SERVPRO of Foxborough. We will make it "Like it never even happened!" at (209) 477-3090 for remediation services. 

Do Not Go It Alone

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

Bathtub Leak Creates Damage to Your Foxborough Property

If you have ever sat in your downstairs living room and looked up to find a water spot on your ceiling, you know it can fill you with dread. The notion that the water damage is coming from the bathtub in the upstairs bathroom has you doing math in your head of just how expensive and cumbersome this repair can be. The most important thing to remember is that the longer you wait, the worse the problem will be so, reaching out to a professional team is the first step towards restoring your home.

When there is water damage to your Foxborough home, SERVPRO of Foxborough is here to help! Aside from the plumbing repairs, you also need to review how far the water has seeped into the structure of your home. We inspect your home for hidden water deposits resulting from the leak and quickly extract any standing water that poses a threat to your health.

Mold is often a by-product of water leaks that were not properly remediated. Bacteria and microorganisms thrive particularly well in humid areas, which is why controlling moisture levels is critical. Our Disaster Remediation Team uses advanced moisture sensors to determine just how far the excess humidity has gone, probing even under carpets and under flooring materials. Once we review the results, we can take action to dry each surface of your home and restore its natural balance.

As an extra precaution, our SERVPRO of Foxborough technicians will use air scrubbers to help us clean the air by removing unwanted smell particles and bacteria in your home. Our goal is to treat the existing damage and anticipate future complications that may arise. As our IICRC-certified crew reviews your property, we assess all threats and act upon them.

Even small water leaks need to be taken seriously, and SERVPRO of Foxborough can help you handle the issue with care. Together, we will leave your home “Like it never even happened!”

Minimize The Risk Of Frozen Pipes This Winter

11/13/2019 (Permalink)

The Holiday Season is upon us and that means the cold, freezing Foxborough weather is near. Unfortunately, with the cold weather comes the increased risk of the water in your home's pipes freezing. The expansion of the frozen water will cause damage to your home’s plumbing and in some circumstances may result in rapture. When that happens, once the water thaws, your house will be flooded with water.

The good news is that there are steps that can be taken to minimize the risk of frozen pipes.   

How to Keep Pipes from Freezing

  • Before temperatures reach freezing, insulate exposed and vulnerable pipes.  You can do this by installing pipe sleeves or even wrapping the pipes with newspaper.
  • Close the garage door to prevent cold air from coming in.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Allow the cold water to slowly drip from one of your faucets. Even slightly moving water takes longer to freeze.
  • Keep your home heated above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Keep an eye on the weather forecast.  If a deep freeze is on the horizon, make sure your heating source is functioning properly and fully fueled.
  • Get a generator. Deep freezes regularly cause power outages. No electricity equals no heat! 

Still Need Water Damage Services?

Even when every precautionary step has been taken, disaster may still strike. Rest assured, the Disaster Remediation Team at SERVPRO of Foxborough is ready 24 hours a day, EVERY day of the year - yes, even Holidays! We will expeditiously remove any standing water and dry all contents to prevent stains, warping of water-sensitive areas, and the potential for mold growth in your Foxborough property and our Rebuild Team will make it "Like it never even happened."

Steps To Follow When Your Property Floods

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

What do you do when your basement or place of business floods? Not knowing where to start and what to do can be overwhelming. Here are three steps to follow which will guide you through the process.

3 Steps to Cleanup Flood Damage

  1. Remove Water

Before any repairs can be made, all of the water must be removed from the basement. We at SERVPRO of Foxborough are water remediation experts and we can help you through the entire process. From water removal to rebuild our vast team of certified technicians and licensed craftsmen will make it “Like it never even happened.” Flooded basement water removal may look something like the following:

  • Hiring an electrician to evaluate the risk of electric shock. 
  • Getting the sump pump up-and-running to remove sitting water.
  • Using a shop vacuum to suck-up the last inch or so of water. 
  • Lifting carpet and using large fans to dry-out moisture. 
  • Sanitizing with warm water and disinfectant to prevent mold growth.

    2. Repair Damage

Once the area has been completely dried, repairs may be in order. Checking your home flood insurance coverage may be a good place to start. While salvaging some belongings may be an option, it is unwise to try to save anything which uses electricity or gas. If your gas furnace or electric outlets took on water in the flooding, replacement over repair is the safe route to go. 

  1. Plan for Future Flood Prevention

Now that the basement is clean, dry, and repairs are complete its time to plan ahead for the future. There is nothing worse than putting time and money into basement flood restoration only to have it ruined all over again. Consider the following preventative measures:

  • Install a back-up pump.
  • Create outside drainage for storm runoff.
  • Buy a generator for use during a power outage.

While following these three tips will help you after water damage strikes the reality is calling SERVPRO of Foxborough is the only step you need to take!

What's Covered?

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

When is comes to water damage issues the best way to know what is covered and what isn't is to check your policy or ask you insurance agent.

Here is a standard list of what may or may not typically be covered. Remember everyone's policy is different and the best person to answer your coverage questions is always your agent! 

- Burst Pipes and Leaks – Typically Covered

-Water Damage From Appliances – Typically     Covered

- Roof Leaks – Typically Covered

- Flood Damage – Typically Not Covered

- Backed Up Drain or Sewer Line – Typically Not     Covered

- Ground Water Seepage – Typically Not Covered

- Mold – Possibly Covered

If you or a friend has experienced water damage due to any of the above listed issues give our office a call. We are available 24 hours a day to help with all your water damage needs. 

SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole - 508-533-5305

Water Damage Timeline

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to water damage it is never a good idea to wait. Check out this timeline to see what typically happens during a water damage. 

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Understanding Category and Class during water Damage.

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

According to the IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration

There are 3 Basic Categories of Water

Category 1 originates from a sanitary source and poses no substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure. However, it may not always remain clean after it comes into contact with other surfaces or materials.

Category 2 contains significant contamination and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans. It may contain potentially unsafe levels of microorganisms or nutrients for microorganisms, as well as other organic or inorganic matter (chemical or biological).

Category 3 is grossly contaminated and may contain pathogenic, toxigenic or other harmful agents. Such water sources may carry silt, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals, regulated materials, or toxic organic substances.

Time and temperature can also affect the quality of water, thereby changing its category. *Refer to the IICRC S500 for complete definitions.

The 4 Primary Classifications of Water Damage

Class 1 is the least amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  It affects only part of a room or area, or larger areas containing materials that have absorbed minimal moisture.  Little or no wet carpet and/or cushion is present.

Class 2 involves a large amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  It affects at least an entire room of carpet and cushion (pad).  Water has wicked up walls less than 24 inches.  There is moisture remaining in structural materials and substructure soil.

Class 3 involves the greatest amount of water, absorption and evaporation.  Water may have come from overhead.  Ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushion and subfloor in virtually all of the entire area are saturated.

Class 4 relates to specialty drying situations.  Wet materials with very low permeance/porosity (eg. hardwood, plaster, brick, concrete, light-weight concrete and stone).  Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which require very low specific humidity.  These types of losses may require longer drying times and special methods.

*Refer to the IICRC S500 for complete definitions. 

Has YOUR Leaky TOILET got you Down in the Dumps?

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Has YOUR Leaky TOILET got you Down in the Dumps?

If you are a homeowner the chances are pretty high that you will experience a cracked or broken toilet tank at least once in your lifetime! This leaky experience can be a nightmare to homeowners!

There are many reasons why your toilet tank may break, but generally it is due to age. As a toilet gets older, it becomes more prone to cracking.

Any repairs you do on your toilet may cause the tank to split and crack. Simply placing the toilet tank cover on could also cause splitting or cracking.

If your toilet is exposed to sudden impact, such as a hair dryer dropping on it or falling into the bowl, your toilet could be subject to splitting or cracking; causing your tank to leak.

Toilets have also been known to leak at the gasket. As your toilet ages so does that gasket. The gasket is designed to create a seal between the toilet and the plumbing lines in your home. If you notice that your toilet leaks when you flush it, it is probably a worn gasket in need of replacing.

If you suffer a water loss from your toilet contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole ~ FASTER to ANY SIZE DISASTER! ~ SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole is at your service! ~ Available 24/7

Are RAINDROPS Falling on YOUR Head?

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Are RAINDROPS Falling on YOUR Head?

When RAINDROPS from Your CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING UNIT are FALLING on YOUR HEAD ...  Contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole Immediately! ~? Available 24/7

As a homeowner who benefits from Central Air Conditioning there are times you can't help but wonder if there are early warning signs your Central Air Conditioning Unit is failing.

We all expect our Central Air Conditioning Units to work as soon as we flip a switch, but sometimes nothing happens!

The following are EARLY WARNING SIGNS of A/C Failure:

NO POWER: It could be the result of a blown fuse, tripped circuit breaker, or a malfunctioning thermostat.

NOT COOLING: If the unit is running but blowing warm air, it could be from a refrigerant leak. Check for signs of moisture in the ceiling and the walls.

If you believe you have suffered WATER DAMAGE from your Central air Conditioning Unit Contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole ~? Available 24/7

Are YOU in HOT WATER?

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Often times homeowners aren't aware that a Hot Water Heater is about to fail. Most often you are met with water running out from under your foundation, or garage!

While you can't be sure when failure will occur, there ARE signs you can keep an eye out for.

 Knowing the age of your water heater is one way, which can be located by looking at the manufacture sticker on the upper portion of the water heater.

Example if the Serial number is F051052638, the "F" represents the month, since "F' is the sixth letter of the alphabet it was manufactured in the month of June.


The next two numbers represent the year. Since 05 are the two numbers following the "F" this means the hot water heater was built in 2005.

A good rule of thumb: Most hot water heaters over 10 years old have lived a useful life and should be considered for replacement.

If you have suffered a Hot Water Tank failure, SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole is at your service to assist with YOUR water clean up! ~ Faster in Any Size Disaster ~ Available 24/7

Faster to any Size Disaster

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 781-341-1946

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

Hot water tank failure - Belingham, MA

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

This homeowner suffered a water loss when the hotwater tank failed.

Most often homeowners aren't aware that a hot water heater is about to fail. Most time you are met with water running out from under your foundation, or garage. While you can't be sure when failure will occur, there are signs that you can keep and eye out for.

Knowing the age of your water heater is one way, which can be located by looking at the manufacture sticker on the upper portion of the water heater. Example if the Serial number is F051052638, the "F" represents the month, it's the sixth number of the alphabet so it was manufactured in June. The next two numbers represent the year. So since 05 is the two numbers following the "F" this means the heater was built in 2005. A good rule of thumb is most hotwater heaters over 10 years old have lived a useful life and should be considered for replacement.

If you have suffered a hot water tank loss, call SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole at 508-533-5305 to assist with your water clean up.

A/C water loss - Carver, MA

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

This homeowner suffered a water loss when his A/C unit line failed.

As a homeowner when you have central air conditioning you wonder if there are early signs that your central air conditioner is failing. We all expect our central air conditioners to work as soon as we flip a switch but sometimes nothing happens. Here are a few signs to look out for.

No Power: It could be the result of a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker, ore a bad thermostat.

Not Cooling. If the unit is running but seems to be warm air, it could be from a refrigerant leak. Check  for signs of moisture in the ceiling and the walls. 

 If you believe that you have suffered leakage from your central air conditioning unit call SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole at 508-533-5305 to remediate the loss quickly.

Toilet tank loss - Taunton, MA

4/11/2017 (Permalink)

This homeowner suffered a water loss from his leaking toilet tank.

Nothing is worse than the experience of a leaky toilet. Chances are pretty good that you will deal with a cracked or broken toilet tank at least once in your life time.


There are many reasons why your toilet tank may break, but generally it is due from age. As a toilet gets older, it becomes more prone to cracking. 


Any repairs you do on your toilet may cause cracking of the tank, or by simply placing the toilet tank cover on may also cause cracking. 


If your toilet suffered a sudden impact, a hair dryer dropping, falling into the toilet could cause your tank to leak. 


Toilets have also been known to leak at the gasket. As your toilet ages so does that gasket. The gasket is supposed to help create a seal between the toilet and the plumbing lines in your home. If you notice that your toilet leaks when you flush it, it is probably a worn gasket. 


If you suffer a water loss from your toilet contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole at 508-533-5305 and let us help. 


 


 

Washing Machine Hose Failure

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

This homeowner suffered a severe water loss when the hose had broken away from the clamp.

One of the top 10 sources of water damage to the home is from a failed water supply hose. As a homeowner conducting monthly inspection of the hot and cold water line could save you from losses you may suffer. The following are some steps to take to keep a water loss from happening.

  • Look for sign the supply hose may be ready to fail. Blisters in the hose, worn tubing, or cracks.
  • replace the supply hose with reinforced steel braided hose
  • Make sure connections are tight. Replace them if they feel loose.
  • Supply hoses should be replaced every 5 years even if there is no obvious deterioration.

Should you suffer a water loss contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole at 508-533-5305. All our technicians have been trained and certified to handle all your water loss. 

Pipe Burst Randolph, MA

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

This homeowner was unaware a pipe had burst until they arrived back home

There are a number of potential reasons why pipes inside your home can break open, causing major flooding throughout. Some of the common causes are as follow:

EXTREMELY COLD TEMPERATURES:

When temperatures outside your home it can cause serious issues with your pipes. Ice has more volume than water so when water freezes inside a pipe, it expands and increases pressure inside the pipe, causing the pipe to split open.

MOVEMENT/WATER HAMMER:

If waster pipes aren't secured, they can move around inside the walls and when water is suddenly turned on or off. This can gradually weaken the joints in the pipe until one fails and allows pressurized water to escape the pipe, causing a catastrophic and expensive damage.

CORROSION:

Pipes are meant to last a long time, and many provide decades of reliable service. However, that doesn't mean pipes will last indefinitely. When the water has an imbalanced ph level the minerals inside the water slowly wear down the galvanized coating and expose the iron in the pipe causing it to rust over time.  

If you experience a bust pipe contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole at 508-533-5305.

Commercial/ Residential Restoration Services

6/29/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial/Residential Restoration and Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. As a locally owned and operated business, we can provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding immediately to commercial or residential needs.

24-Hour Emergency Service

Faster to Any Size Disaster

Highly Trained Restoration Technicians

A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry

Locally Owned and Operated

Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Have Questions? Call Us Today (508) 533-5305

Residential Services

Whether you need emergency flood restoration or just need your upholstery cleaned, SERVPRO has over 1,650 Franchises ready to respond faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole has advanced equipment and highly trained technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.” We can help you with the following Commercial/Residential services:

Water Damage Restoration

Fire Damage Restoration

Mold Remediation

Storm Damage Restoration

Cleaning Services

Building Services

Make sure your home is protected this Spring

4/7/2016 (Permalink)

Spring time is right around the corner and although we are ready for the nice weather, most of us are not ready for the storms and flooding. Instead of letting the storm and flood damage take over your Nashville home, we can be proactive and make sure that we’re ready for the unexpected weather to hit. According to Rytech, there are 5 points to keep in mind when protecting your home from flooding this spring.

  1. Check for leaks ahead of time on your own before finding them during a storm. Take matters into your own hands and use the hose lightly to test any suspicious areas that may have caused issues in the past to find out where the leaks may be happening. 

  1. Roof flashing is installed below the first course making sure that the flow of water is directed away from openings, keeping water out of your home and from deteriorating the walls. It’s always a good idea to have your roof professionally inspected annually to check for damage. 

  1. Basements are the most common area to flood in a home, being located at the very bottom, so it’s always a good idea to look into a sump pump to protect your assets. If you have a sump pump already, make sure to check for any damage or signs of failure. (Irreplaceable items should be placed higher up or even on a different floor in case of unexpected weather events.)

  1. Make sure to keep the gutters cleaned to eliminate constant water flow down the exterior of the home causing possible leaking into the home. 

  1. Last, but not least, compare the costs to the risks. Many people hold off on putting some extra cost into making their home more water resistant due to cost, but the cost of cleaning up the damage after the incident is usually much more expensive.

Don’t let the storms cause water and flood damage in your home

4/7/2016 (Permalink)

Drying out flood damage Source

With storm season underway, there are unfortunate cases of flooding and power outages taking place all over. The humidity and flooded areas create a perfect combination and environment for mold to grow, giving you more than just flood damage to take care of. The sooner the water damage is cleaned up, the less likely there is a chance for mold to produce, leaving you with less to cleanup in the end.

Flood damage cleanup

1.     Remove furniture and upholstery to clean or repair separately.

2.     Start by using a wet/dry vacuum to get rid of as much water as possible so the water is not sitting. 

3.     Use fans to circulate air and speed up the drying process. A dehumidifier can also be used to remove the excess moisture in the air to prevent mold growth.

4.     Once the water and moisture is cleared, start cleaning and treating the carpet and flooring throughout the flooded area. Steam clean any carpeted area to properly sanitize and check the padding under the carpet to ensure that it does not need replaced. Carpet padding usually needs replaced when a flood occurs.

5.     Clean walls and baseboards with warm water and soap to remove any residue. Then apply bleach and water mixture to sanitize the surface. 

Water damage produced from a flood can be dangerous and cause illness due to the bacteria sitting in the water. It’s important to act quickly when it comes to flood and water damage to prevent illness and worse damage to occur.

SERVPRO® of Franklin/Walpole understands the importance of keeping your home happy and healthy. If you have any questions or concerns regarding mold in your home call 508-697-5439 or visit www.SERVPROfranklinwalpole.com to schedule a free estimate today!