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Metrowest, MA – Symptoms of Coronavirus and Ways You Can Prevent Its Spread

Are you fully aware of the novel coronavirus? Read on to study the symptoms of the virus and its prevention tips.

The coronavirus has proved to be dangerous to seniors with severe health conditions such as diabetes, heart diseases or lung disease. However, others shouldn’t also take any chances. For confirmed COVID-19 cases, symptoms range from mild to severe. In some cases, the symptoms worsened and caused death. Cover Your Mouth and Nose

Based on what we know , the COVID-19 symptoms may appear anytime between 2-14 days. They include fever, cough, headaches, sore throat and in severe cases, shortness of breath.

To avoid COVID-19 and its spread, here are some prevention tips:

Cover Your Mouth and Nose When Outside

Keep in mind that covering your mouth and nose is primarily meant to protect other people if you are infected. The problem is you never know whether you’re infected or not because many infected patients develop no symptoms at all. Hence, everyone should wear a mask or cover their face with a piece of cloth when they go out in public. However, never cover the mouth and nose of children under 2 or others with breathing issues.

Old Adults and Children Should Always Stay Home

Both seniors and children have weak immune systems, which makes them highly susceptible to the novel coronavirus. Thus, in all circumstances, they must stay at home and shouldn’t even go out to buy necessities. This should also help stop the spread of the virus if they were infected.

Wash Hands Frequently

As soon as you arrive home, wash your hands with water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Do the same after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Unless you’ve washed your hands thoroughly, don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth because the virus enters your body through these points.

If you don’t have quick access to soap and water, consider using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Maintain Distance from Others

Person-to-person transmission is how the virus spreads, so the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to avoid close contact. Try to stay at home as much as you can. It’s not just important to maintain distance from people who appear sick. Remember that people might be carrying the virus even if they don’t show any symptoms.

Regular Cleaning and Disinfecting

According to experts, the COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for as long as 6 days. Anyone who touches them remains under the risk of contracting the disease. To prevent the spread, clean and disinfect the high-touch surfaces in your home, such as dining tables, kitchen tops, mobile phones, tablets, doorknobs, toilet surfaces, light switches, etc., on a daily basis.

Before disinfecting, clean the surfaces with water and soap or detergent. For disinfecting surfaces, look for solutions that contain at least 70% alcohol or dilute your household bleach. For comprehensive guidance on disinfection, follow these CDC guidelines.

For emergency cleaning, reach out to the Service Team of Professionals now.

Metrowest, MA – Improve Your Indoor Air Quality With the Following Tips

Do you understand the importance of improving indoor air quality?

Most people are of the view that they’re protected from air pollution once they get inside their homes. Unfortunately, that’s not true. The indoor air can be more polluted than the outdoor air, thanks to fire retardants and volatile released by conventional cleaners.Improving Ventilation

According to a Harvard Medical School Professor, Dr. Nicholas BuSaba, what’s even more alarming is that most of the substances that pollute the air are odorless, which makes it difficult to detect the problem in the first place. It’s only after you start experiencing symptoms like sleepiness and fatigue, digestive problems or respiratory issues that you suspect that something is wrong with the indoor air quality.

If you want to improve your home’s indoor air quality, here are some tips:

Controlling the Pollutants

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the best approach to improving the indoor air quality at home or workplace is to eliminate the individual sources of pollution or adjust them to reduce their emissions. Typical sources include gas stoves that can be controlled to release fewer pollutants and objects that consist of asbestos.

As compared to other solutions such as establishing better ventilation, this method of controlling a source is more cost-effective as it doesn’t involve the consumption of energy and seeks to address the problem before it develops and worsens.

Improving Ventilation

Staying warm inside the home during the winter may feel nice but the indoor heating systems and stale indoor air can prove dangerous for those sensitive to allergens or suffering from respiratory issues. To eliminate the dust mites, mold spores, and pet dander circulating around the house, it is important to allow the fresh outdoor air inside your home and regulate the airflow. Regardless of the season, allow fresh air to move into your home by opening windows from time to time.

Installing fans in the kitchen and washrooms is an effective way to push out potential air pollutants and cooking fumes out of the home and replacing it with fresh air from the outside.

Regular Cleaning

Cleaning your home helps maintain good indoor hygiene. To make sure that your cleaning efforts are effective, they must be regular and be focused on eliminating mold, dust on surfaces, and reducing animal dander. Use vacuum cleaners featuring HEPA filter to clean carpets at least twice a week. Replacing wall-to-wall carpeting with hard-surface flooring should also help reduce the accumulation of dust and dirt.

Similarly, look for items that attract allergens such as drapes and bedding and clean them thoroughly with 130 degrees Fahrenheit water if you have pets. Instead of using ordinary covers on pillows, mattresses and box springs, consider dust-mite proof options. While cleaning, also pay particular attention to clutter because that holds and traps dust.

If your home requires professional cleaning to remove mold, for instance, reach out to a reliable home restoration company like the Service Team of Professionals.

 

Metrowest, MA – Dangers of Mold in Your Attic | Home Restoration News

Are you ignoring the presence of mold in your attic? Read on to understand how this is not the right decision.

Mold or mildew in your attic is a hazard. Mold is bad for your home because it poses a significant threat to the structure of your house, has a bad odor and can cause many health problems for all residents.

Mold usually occurs in a humid environment. Leakage and condensation can result in the spread of moisture, which can also fuel the growth of mold in your attic. Mold can be brown, yellow, or green in color. Depending on the type of mold present in your attic, it can be extremely dangerous for you and your family.

Let’s look at some problems caused by mold:

Digestive ProblemsQuick to Spread

One of the biggest problems of mold is that it releases mold spores into the atmosphere. Those exposed to mold spores can face gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, intestinal tract bleeding, and yeast and bacterial infections. These problems  arise from not only the ingestion of spoiled food but also the penetration of mold through the skin.

Headaches

If you’re allergic to mold, you may experience sinus inflammation and nasal allergies, resulting in severe headaches when exposed to mold.

Coughing

Your immune system may be able to fight mold spores, but it can’t protect you from other reactions such as coughing, an itchy throat, sneezing, a runny nose, and wheezing.

Quick to Spread

If you don’t act in a timely manner to get rid of moisture in your attic, the resultant mold can spread quickly. If that happens, mold will not only pollute the breathing air but also damage the surfaces in your kitchen, living room, and bedrooms, making everyone susceptible to the above-explained risks.

How to Prevent Mold From Spreading?

As soon as you suspect the presence of mold in your attic, the best thing you can do is reach out to a local home restoration company that can immediately respond. Even if you aren’t sure, a thorough inspection should be a good idea to have peace of mind.

When you do consider seeking professional help though, make sure that the restoration team not only focuses on getting rid of mold but also takes measures to prevent it. There’s no point in cleaning mold if the professional does nothing to prevent it from forming again. Some homeowners may attempt to address the situation on their own but their lack of experience and knowledge results in more losses. An experienced team will  be able to restore all the damages at a reasonable cost and a much faster rate than a homeowner.

For emergency cleaning or mold inspection in your attic or any other part of your home, contact the Service Team of Professionals today.

Metrowest, MA – Salvage Your Furniture After Flooding | Home Restoration News

Is your furniture damaged due to flooding? Read on to know how you can address the situation.

Floods can damage your home and belongings, especially if you don’t take action immediately. After a flood, it is important to clean up the mess and think about how to protect your personal belongings, especially the furniture. First, you need to figure out whether or not your furniture is salvageable. This essentially depends on the magnitude of flooding and the type of furniture that is affected.Chair

Since solid wood furniture is less porous, it is more likely to be salvaged as compared to upholstered or particleboard furniture. While water damage restoration should be handled by professionals, it’s good to have some idea about how to salvage your furniture after flooding.

Wooden Furniture

When it comes to restoring wooden furniture, you ought to know that solid wood is less porous, which is why it is subject to lesser damage as compared to particle board and upholstery.

To salvage your wooden furniture, take the piece to a safe, shaded, well-ventilated and dry place. If wet wood is exposed to sunlight, it can result in warping. Take out all removable pieces such as drawers and lay them out for air-drying. Before repairing and refinishing any piece of wood, make sure they are dry. Service Team of Professionals recommends contacting a professional furniture restorer especially if the piece is of value or sentimental.

Upholstery

It is difficult to salvage upholstery after water damage. However, if the upholstery is only slightly damaged, the flood was not that intense, and the damaged piece is valuable or has sentimental value, you might try restoration.

First, bring the piece to a dry, safe, and ventilated area to begin the restoration process. The pieces must be dried up thoroughly and quickly to prevent mildew from building up and ruining them. Consider using fans or even sunlight to accelerate the drying process.

Another issue with upholstered furniture is that it rapidly absorbs contaminants that exist in floodwater that can fuel a tremendous amount of mold and bacteria growth. If that appears to be a problem, it’s recommended to contact a professional restoration service, like STOP Metrowest immediately. Based on the potential contaminants, STOP will recommend either discarding the item or contacting a reputable upholstery cleaner to try to salvage the item.

Mattresses

Mattresses can easily absorb moisture, fostering bacteria and mold growth. While it’s advised to discard the mattress in case of extensive damage with contaminated floodwater, you can salvage the mattress if it was exposed to clean water and for a short period of time.

Begin with cleaning the surface of the mattress and then place it in the sun for thorough drying. To speed up the drying process, keep the wet side of the mattress up to that it’s exposed directly to the sunlight.

STOP Metrowest is an IICRC Certified Firm – safe, quality, and compassionate service is our priority! We provide 24/7 emergency services. STOP understands the seriousness of your situation and strives to provide a rapid response for any situation in Framingham MA or other Metrowest MA communities like Sudbury MA, Southborough MA, and Wellesley MA. Call Service Team of Professionals 508-753-3780.

To learn more, visit 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.