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Has YOUR Leaky TOILET got you Down in the Dumps?

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Has YOUR Leaky TOILET got you Down in the Dumps? 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

BLEACH vs MOLD ~ Who Knew?

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Despite popular belief, BLEACH DOES NOT KILL MOLD on porous surfaces!

Because Mold grows in colonies and has roots which grow deep into the material, bleach will NOT kill Mold in its entirety. Bleach will kill the surface Mold but the water content contained in bleach will actually worsen Mold conditions! Mold is a living organism which means it needs food to survive. Within a porous structure, Mold will use the water in bleach as a food source to feed its roots. This will actually cause the mold to grow back stronger!

The following are some Interesting, Educational FACTS about BLEACH and MOLD

  • The Clorox ® Company, EPA and OSHA have specifically advised that Bleach should not be used in mold remediation
  • Bleach does not kill mold, it will only remove the stain caused by mold
  • Bleach in some cases will allow toxic mold to grow where it was not present before
  • Bleach itself is considered to be toxic and is classified the same as gasoline
  • Bleach on gypsum (the material found in sheet rock or drywall) will emit chlorine gas for at least a week
  • Bleach applied to wood will push mold spores deeper into the wood fibers creating more problems later
  • Bleach does more harm than good

Contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole TODAY to Remediate YOUR Mold Issue!

When STORMS RAGE ~ SERVPRO is FASTER to ANY SIZE DISASTER!

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When STORMS RAGE ~ SERVPRO is FASTER to ANY SIZE DISASTER! When STORMS RAGE ~ SERVPRO is FASTER to ANY SIZE DISASTER!

SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole ~ FASTER to ANY SIZE DISASTER!

When STORMS Rage, 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!

We at SERVPRO Franklin/Walpole pride ourselves on being FASTER to ANY SIZE DISASTER!

Flood 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 not only minimize the damage it also minimizes your cleaning and restoration costs!

When STORMS RAGE, contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole to handle YOUR Emergency Flood and Water Disaster ~ Anytime; Day or Night! ~ Available 24/7 ~ Including ALL holidays!

SMOKE & SOOT DAMAGE? ~ SERVPRO Can Give You a Hand with That!

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SMOKE & SOOT DAMAGE? ~ SERVPRO Can Give You a Hand with That! SMOKE & SOOT DAMAGE? ~ SERVPRO Can Give You a Hand with That!

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Business.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your workplace, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke. Wet and Dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is different, each requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We, at SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole have the equipment, the expertise, and the experience to restore the fire and smoke damage caused to your place of business.  

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Contact Us TODAY! – SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole ~ Faster to Any Size Disaster!

PUFF BACKS ~ More MESSY than an Untrained Dragon!

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage PUFF BACKS ~ More MESSY than an Untrained Dragon! PUFF BACKS ~ More MESSY than an Untrained Dragon!

A PUFF BACK occurs when an oil burner doesn't immediately ignite! This causes the oil to build up before ignition. Similar to the backfiring of a car.

PUFF BACKS can propel soot through the furnace exhaust system and into your home!

If you have forced hot air, the soot will travel through your heating system and into your living space!

It's amazing how much area soot can cover! In some cases excess soot can force you out of your home!

PUFF BACK soot may appear to be just a black powder-like substance, but it is actually a mixture of oil! PUFF BACK soot is STICKY and VERY MESSY! ... PUFF BACK soot is also EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to remove!

If you think you have experienced a PUFF BACK in your home or business. contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole for a trained technician to arrive at your location, assess the damage and determine the best plan of action for CLEAN-UP! ... SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole ~ Faster to Any Size Disaster! ~ Available 24/7

MOLD ... It's MICROSCOPIC

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation MOLD ... It's MICROSCOPIC MOLD ... It's MICROSCOPIC

DO YOU SEE MOLD in YOUR HOME?


If you see MOLD; if it is visible to you, DO NOT disturb it! You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home!

When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold 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 Franklin/Walpole TODAY 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 Franklin/Walpole specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business! Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals! SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole uses specialized equipment and techniques to PROPERLY remediate your mold problem QUICKLY and SAFELY!

If You See Signs of Mold, contact SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole TODAY! ~ Faster to Any Size Disaster! ~ Available 24/7

TIPS to Help YOUR Family SURVIVE a FIRE!

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage TIPS to Help YOUR Family SURVIVE a FIRE! TIPS to Help YOUR Family SURVIVE a FIRE!

TIPS to HELP YOUR FAMILY SURVIVE a FIRE from The AMERICAN RED CROSS 

* INSTALL SMOKE ALARMS on EVERY level of your home! Including inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Once a month check whether each Smoke Alarm in the home is working properly by pushing the test button. Replace batteries in Smoke Alarms at least once a year. IMMEDIATELY install a new battery if a Smoke Alarm chirps; warning the battery is low!


* TEACH YOUR CHILDREN what Smoke Alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.


* ENSURE that ALL household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home, and where to meet up outside.


* PRACTICE your Fire Escape Plan at least twice a year and at different times of the day! Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.


* EMPHASIZE ~ “GET OUT, STAY OUT”! ~ Only professional firefighters should enter a building that is on fire; EVEN IF other family members, pets or prized possessions are inside!


* USE Quick-Release Devices on barred windows and doors. Security bars without Quick-Release devices can trap you in a deadly fire! If you have security bars on your windows, be sure one window in each sleeping room has a Quick-Release device!


* CONSIDER Escape Ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floor. Learn how to use them, and store them near the windows!


* TEACH household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire!

 SERVPRO of Franklin/Walpole ~ Faster to Any Size Disaster! ~ Available 24/7

Are RAINDROPS Falling on YOUR Head?

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Are RAINDROPS Falling on YOUR Head? 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

Lead Clean up at the Gun Range

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Lead Clean up at the Gun Range Dust cleaning

Our crews were called in to this particular gun club for an extensive duct cleaning and removing the lead dust from the gun range. This is typically done often as the dust accumulates very quickly and can pose serious health issues to those that utilize the ranges. For more information on this please visit http://www.mass.gov/lwd/labor-standards/deleading-and-lead-safety/occupational-lead-poisoning-registry/shooting-range-bulletin.pdf

According to this article every year several shooters, instructors and maintenance staff become sick from lead poisoning they receive while on the range.

Our technicians are required to be trained in lead safe practices and wear PPE at all times to protect themselves from the dangers during clean up. 

Always remember to contact SERVPRO of Stoughton/Sharon to help with any and all your cleaning needs!