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by: Teresa Royer

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Holliston MA – The Season for Holiday and Ice Dams in Metrowest Massachusetts

Ice Dams

 

Ice Dams in New England

Like the holidays, it’s never too early to prepare for winter! Did you know that winter starts on December 21st this year? It doesn’t feel that way and then all of a sudden it’s winter in Massachusetts! We here at Service Team of Professionals (STOP) Metrowest not only want to help you start preparing for winter, we also want to help you reduce your chances of getting water damage in the winter and in spring. So, how do we prepare our homes for the upcoming winter? Let’s focus on the formation of ice dams and how they are a danger to both you and your home. 


Did you know your roof can melt snow during winter? It’s true! When your home warms up, heat travels up and into the attic/crawlspace and begins warming the roof. As the roof warms, snow melts and slides down to the eaves and gutters where it refreezes. As water continuously melts and refreezes in one spot, it forms an ice dam. Ice dams — composed of water, ice, and snow — can cause water damage, roof damage, and even injuries over time if left untreated.

Water Damage occurs when the ice dam touching the warm section of the roof melts. However, instead of the water traveling down and off of the roof, it stays trapped where it melted due to the rest of the ice dam surrounding it. When this occurs, water seeps into the attic/crawlspace and causes water damage – if left untreated for too long, it can also cause mold damage.

If water is seeping into the attic/crawlspace, keep the area dry as much as possible. Pointing a fan at the affected area may help keep the area dry. During this time, reach out to local professionals like Service Team of Professionals based in Framingham MA. Not only will they dry and treat the affected area, they will also reinforce it so it is less likely to happen in the future. 

Roof Damage occurs around your eaves and gutters where ice dams form. As the ice dam becomes bigger, the edge of your roof and eaves struggle and eventually collapse due to the weight of the ice dam. When this occurs, contact your local professionals right away. As you prepare for winter, have your roof inspected by professionals like United Home Experts based in Ashland MA. They’ll make sure the design and structure of your roof can withstand the next winter. 

Injuries can occur anytime that the ice dam is on your roof. During warmer months as the ice and snow slowly melt, the entire ice dam may detach  and slide all at once of your roof. If someone were to be standing under it, they may sustain injuries depending on the height of the roof and if the dam was mostly comprised of snow. For a precaution, be cautious of walking under your roof during the winter and spring. You never know when ice and snow from your roof can fall on top of you. 

Now that we’ve seen what an ice dam is capable of, let’s learn how we can safely get rid of them!

Tips for Removing Ice Dams

  • Calling trained professionals is the best choice to safely remove your ice dams.
  • Standing on a ladder, use a mallet or even a ice pick to chip away at the ice starting from the edge of the roof and working your way up. You are not trying to remove all of the ice, just creating a path for water and slush to slide off the roof rather than refreeze. It should be noted that this is dangerous due to being on a ladder in the middle of winter while working with ice. 
  • Warm water can get rid of ice dams. However, make sure you have a lot of it so that the warm water doesn’t freeze and become part of the ice dam.

Winter is a time of hot chocolate, snuggles, and making snow people — not for worrying about whether or not your home will sustain damage. Take these last few months to get ready for winter by contacting your local roofing professionals and learning how you can prepare you and your home for these next few, cold months. 

STOP Metrowest is an IICRC Certified Firm – safe, quality, and compassionate service is our priority! We provide rapid water damage assessments and remediation in Framingham MA or other Metrowest MA communities like Sudbury MA, Holliston MA, and Westborough MA. Call STOP MetroWest at 508-841-3082.

For more information, visit our webpage at STOP Metrowest.

Framingham MA – Fire Damage Prevention – Know the Types of Extinguishers

Fire Damage Prevention

Fire extinguishers are a must for businesses and homes. Not only do fire extinguishers keep your mind at peace when you and/or a loved one are using fire, they can put out the fire before it spreads. Fire has been classified into five types: A, B, C, D, and K. Identifying the type of fire will help you choose which extinguisher will aid you. Thankfully, you don’t have to buy multiple fire extinguishers. Modern fire extinguishers are capable of extinguishing more than one type of fire. To see what type of fire extinguisher you have, look for the five types -A, B, C, D, and K- or a combination of them. When you see a combination, it means that fire extinguisher is capable of extinguishing all of those letters. 

Types of Fires and Fire Extinguishers

Class A. Flammable common materials such as paper, wood, cloth and so forth. 

Class B. Flammable oils and gasses such as gasoline, oil based paints, and so forth.

Class C.  Electrics such as electric wiring and outlets. 

Class D. Flammable metals. 

Class K. Flammable cooking oil and grease. 

Parts of a Fire Extinguisher

The fire extinguisher was made to be easy to handle and understand. Let’s go over the some of the basic parts. 

Body. The body of the fire extinguisher is cylindrical, bright red, and has both instructions and information of what type of fire extinguisher it is on the side. 

Operating Handle. The operating handle has two levers that, when squeezed together, release the fluid from the tank. 

Tamper Seal. The tamper seal is important. It lets you know that the fire extinguisher has fluid in it and has not been tampered with. Not only that, the tamper seal has a date on it that lets you know when it was last inspected. 

Pull Pin. The Pull Pin is close to the handle and when pulled, it allows the handle to be squeezed. It is another defense to make sure the handle is not accidentally squeezed. 

Hose. The hose is the tube that allows you to direct where the fluid goes. It hooks onto the side of the body of the fire extinguisher. 

Pressure Gauge. The pressure gauge makes sure that the pressure of the fire extinguisher is safe and operable. 

PASS: The Fire Extinguisher Acronym 

The acronym “PASS” is a great way to remember how to operate a fire extinguisher. 

Pull the pin (do not worry about the tamper seal. It should break off when you pull)

Aim the nozzle at the fire

Squeeze the operating handle 

Sweep the nozzle from side to side at the fire

Fire Extinguisher Upkeep

Everything needs upkeep and so does a fire extinguisher. 

  • They should be placed in an easily accessible area and nothing should be hindering your access to it. 
  • It should be gently wiped down every once in a while so that it doesn’t have too much residue, dirt, and dust on it. 
  • Have it serviced annually or every few years to ensure that it is still functional and efficient. Instructions on how to service it for that specific extinguisher should be located on the extinguisher itself. 
  • If the tamper seal has been broken or tampered with, take your extinguisher to be serviced or replaced. If it has been tampered with, it means that the fire extinguisher may not work during your time of need.

Fire Damage to Your Home?

Fire damage is no joke. The smoke and soot damage can cause serious health issues and ongoing structural damage if left untreated. Service Team of Professionals (STOP) serving Boston Metrowest can help remove the debris, clean and restore fire and smoke damage in your home or workplace. 

STOP Metrowest is an IICRC Certified Firm – safe, quality, and compassionate service is our priority! We provide rapid smoke and soot damage assessment and remediation in Framingham MA or other Metrowest MA communities like Sudbury MA, Holliston MA, and Westborough MA. Call STOP MetroWest at 508-841-3082.

For more information, visit our webpage at STOP Metrowest.

 

 

 

 

 

Metrowest, MA – Restoration Services to Avoid Health Risks of Mold in Workplaces

Water damages

Are you aware of the health effects of mold damage in the workplace? Let’s find out.

It doesn’t matter whether it is a residential property or a commercial one, if there is moisture, dampness and an organic food source, mold will grow. The only difference is that in a workplace, the number of people is high, and so is the likelihood of people becoming sick. In the following paragraphs, we will take a look at the health risks of mold damage in the workplace as well as ways to prevent mold growth in these spaces.

Let’s begin.Woman blow blowing nose

Asthma

One of the most common health effects of mold damage in the workplace is asthma. This respiratory disease affects your airways. Moreover, you tend to have an inflammatory response, every time you are exposed to something irritating or sensitizing. People who suffer from asthma often suffer from wheezing, chest tightness, coughing, as well as shortness of breath.

Allergies

People exposed to mold also suffer from allergies. Some common symptoms of allergy include sneezing, an irritated nose, mouth and throat irritation, stuffy and runny nose, and itchy and watery eyes. If a person is already allergic, exposure to mold can open them up to asthma, and they suffer from things like sneezing, coughing and wheeziness.

Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis

Another health effect of mold exposure is Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis. This health condition isn’t uncommon among people who have developed an immune system sensitization to inhaling organic dust. Some people tend to mistake it for pneumonia. The only problem is that HP cannot be treated with everyday antibiotics. If you are exposed to mold for a long time, without even realizing it, the effects could get worse, and the damage will have worsened, before you even know it.

The primary source of mold growth is none other than moisture. If you are the person in charge, and you suspect mold to be the sole perpetrator behind the health issues in your workplace, here are a few things that you need to do.

  • Make sure your building is checked regularly for dampness.
  • Keep the HVAC system in top condition to prevent indoor humidity.
  • Take prompt actionif multiple employees report similar health concerns.
  • Come up with special procedures to record and respond to complaints regarding indoor air quality.
  • Devise aresponse plan and also take remedial action.
  • Always follow up to make sure the steps you took were successful or not.
  • Encourage your employees who are suffering from adverse health conditions to see a doctoras soon as possible.
  • If anyof your employees has been diagnosed with a respiratory health issue, it is better to provide them a sick leave until they recover.

By now, you must have understood the health effects of mold damage in the workplace as well as the things you must do to prevent mold damage in the workplace and keep your employees safe.

To get rid of mold in your workplace, visit our website today.

Metrowest, MA – Detect Water Damage with a Professional Restoration Company

water damage

Are you aware of the causes of commercial water damage? Read this article to find out.

You may not realize this, but commercial water damage is far more complex than residential water damage. To get rid of commercial water damage, you need a far more intensive approach. Some of the most important factors to consider when dealing with commercial water damage include the size of the building, the number of occupants and the extent of damage. Other than that, there is also a time constraint that cannot be ignored. Some commercial water damage problems are hard to deal with, while some of them can be solved If the cause of the problem is detected in the earlier stages.

In the following paragraphs, we will take a look at some of the causes of commercial water damage so that you can detect it easily.

Let’s begin.Pipe

Damaged Windows

In some offices, the windows are either broken or improperly sealed. Damaged windows allow water and moisture to enter, which results in water damage and mold growth. Both water damage and mold growth are detrimental to surfaces and materials such as drywall, wooden doors, cabinets, carpeted ad wooden floors. If the windows are broken or improperly sealed, make sure they are repaired promptly. Also, make it a habit to have your windows caulked every now and then.

Faulty Pipes

Another common reason behind commercial water damage is broken or damaged plumbing. There are several reasons why a pipe gets damaged. Sometimes, it is due to a change in pressure, while sometimes, the temperature fluctuations on the outside cause them to burst and leak. Loose tiles, water marks, and pungent and musty odor are all signs of damaged plumbing, so take heed.

Leaky Roofs

Another cause of commercial water damage is a leaky roof. Oftentimes, we tend to skimp on roof cleaning, which allows water to accumulate, thus weakening the roof materials. A time comes when the roof starts to leak, thus allowing water to enter and pool on your office floors. The pooling water causes flooding, which results in mold damage and also attracts insects and pests, which are detrimental to human health and also blemish the look of your interior space. Hence, make sure roofs are checked every few months.

HVAC Issues

The HVAC system uses a number of different ducts to provide heating and cooling throughout your office. With time, these ducts tend to weaken and get damaged, which results in leakage. To prevent water damage, you need to invest in regular HVAC cleaning. Also, the excess water from the reservoirs needs to be removed in order to prevent water damage as well as mold and mildew growth.

These were some of the causes of water damage. To detect water damage, check your pipes, windows, roofs and HVAC system. If you can’t detect water damage yourself, call a professional service.

For the finest water damage restoration services in Metrowest, MA, feel free to visit our website today and get in touch with our professionals.

Natick, MA – Tips for cleaning shattered glass after a wind storm or hurricane

It Happens

We’ve all been there. Whether it be a glass, plates, or even a decoration your friend wanted to show off, we’ve all dropped something that shattered into pieces on the floor. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about (except maybe the one your friend showed you), the only thing you should be worried about is the broken glass on the hard floor. Broken glass, when stepped on, can cause cuts which can cause infections and health problems if left untreated. 

 

Tips and Tricks to Cleaning Glass

 

Close Off the Area.

The first thing you should do when glass breaks is warn others in or around the area and close off the area. You do not want traffic in the area because people can accidentally step on the glass and get hurt or accidentally carry tiny pieces of glass from the area to different parts of the house. 

Wear Shoes.

Shoes not only make walking comfortable, they also are a layer of protection for your feet. The last thing you want to happen while cleaning glass is accidentally stepping on a glass shard. Unlike a lego piece that feels like it broke skin due when stepped on, glass shards, when stepped on, not only can break skin, but they can also wedge themselves deep into your feet like a sliver. 

Broom and Dustpan.

The broom and dustpan are your best friends when cleaning broken glass. With the broom, you are able to sweep glass of all sizes into a pile and use the dustpan to safely move it to the trash. I suggest going over the area multiple times just in case. 

Vacuum.

After sweeping, what should be left is little glass pieces that you could not get with your broom or that you have missed. Since the pieces are not big, they should not damage your vacuum.

Moist Cloth.

Finally, going over the area with a moist cloth multiple times (with different cloths) is a good way to make sure the area is safe for people to walk through. The water helps catch tiny pieces of glass that the broom and dustpan could not get. 

 

When to Get Professionals Involved

It is up to your discretion whether or not to get professionals involved when broken glass is involved. However, if something bigger like a window breaks, going with local professionals is the best way to go. STOP Metrowest is trained to clean glass from all surfaces, and we can also cover the broken window  until services are able to come and replace your window.

STOP Metrowest is an IICRC Certified Firm – safe, quality, and compassionate service is our priority! We provide rapid mold assessment and remediation in Framingham MA or other Metrowest MA communities like Sudbury MA, Holliston MA, and Westborough MA. Call STOP MetroWest at 508-753-3780.

For more information, visit our webpage at STOP Metrowest.

 

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BIO: Teresa and Mark commit to providing a positive experience for home and business owners in the Boston Metrowest communities during critical and unfortunate property damage events. They are dedicated to excellence in customer experience, quality and safety, and efficient processes. Caring for people in vulnerable and critical situations while focusing on customer and employee safety are both inherent qualities at Service Team of Professionals – Metrowest. Teresa, a US Air Force veteran, has been a registered nurse for over 20 years with a passion for helping others and upholding best practices in safety, quality, and infection prevention and control. Some of her most meaningful roles include caring for people with mental illness, serving as a forensic nurse death investigator with the medical examiner’s office, and overseeing operations as a healthcare leader. Mark has owned and operated a successful property investment business for over 10 years involving restoring homes for rent or sale. He has also worked in renowned worldwide service industries and has been recognized for leadership, safety, efficiency, and customer service.

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BIO: Teresa and Mark commit to providing a positive experience for home and business owners in the Boston Metrowest communities during critical and unfortunate property damage events. They are dedicated to excellence in customer experience, quality and safety, and efficient processes. Caring for people in vulnerable and critical situations while focusing on customer and employee safety are both inherent qualities at Service Team of Professionals – Metrowest. Teresa, a US Air Force veteran, has been a registered nurse for over 20 years with a passion for helping others and upholding best practices in safety, quality, and infection prevention and control. Some of her most meaningful roles include caring for people with mental illness, serving as a forensic nurse death investigator with the medical examiner’s office, and overseeing operations as a healthcare leader. Mark has owned and operated a successful property investment business for over 10 years involving restoring homes for rent or sale. He has also worked in renowned worldwide service industries and has been recognized for leadership, safety, efficiency, and customer service.