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by: Teresa Royer

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Framingham, MA – Storm Drain Flooding

Thunderstorms and lightning create the most beautiful skyscapes and keep the landscape lush and green around our beautiful city of Boston, Massachusetts. On the flip side, the Boston Metrowest communities struggle with flash flooding, flooded basements, lightning strikes, and more.

Flooding from storms can cause extreme water damage to a home or office in a matter of minutes.  One of the causes of flooding is blocked storm drains.

Blocked Storm Drains

Storm drains are usually properly maintained by the local public works office to direct water to the nearest body of water. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to find storm drains covered with leaves and other debris preventing proper drainage especially during rainstorms. At any point, the storm drain system can become blocked and cause a disaster for those near the impacted storm drain.

While we try to always keep our head up and looking at the skies, sometimes it’s helpful to watch the ground we walk and drive on and take note of the storm drains especially near your home or workplace.

If you notice debris and leaves, either clear the drain grate yourself, or notify the local office of public works. Similarly, if you notice when rain water is not draining rapidly enough during a smaller rainfall, there may be blockage and public works should be notified right away.

Water Rolls Downhill

Storm Sludge and Debris

Flood waters and blocked storm drains can cause a fierce water and mudslide right into your basement window.

In one case, the homeowner lived at the bottom of the road and received the brunt of a raging flow of mud, water, and debris crashing through a basement window. The entire basement floor was covered with about a foot of this sludge and muddy water during a fairly brief, but strong downpour of rain. The homeowner had also witnessed the catastrophe during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and immediately had flashbacks to the devastation during and after the flood.  Thankfully, the storm was not nearly as catastrophic, but the homeowner was surprised at how similar feelings came over during this basement flooding event. The safety precautions taken for the “small” event were as paramount as the 2005 hurricane.

Safety Precautions

Don’t go it alone.  Electrical hazards are critical to recognize and resolve first.

Calling a professional electrician should be a first call.

You will want to call water damage removal professionals to ensure the water, sludge, and potential contaminants are extracted and cleaned up correctly. Water damage specialists, like Service Team of Professionals (STOP), have the most up to date training and equipment to safely and quickly stop the damage from occurring and restoring the area to a dry, safe environment.

STOP Metrowest is an IICRC Certified Firm – safe, quality, and compassionate service is our priority! We provide 24/7 emergency water extraction and restoration of any water damage related issues 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.

Framingham, MA – Let’s Discover the Different Types of Fire Extinguishers

Are you aware of the different types of fire extinguishers?

A fire accident can take place at any time of the day. With combustible materials to serve as fuel, a fire can spread quicker than one can imagine. If left burning, a fire can be lethal, and it can destroy everything that comes in its way. One of the most important tools to put out a fire is a fire extinguisher. You may not know this, but there are several types of fire extinguishers.

Foam Extinguishers

The most common type of fire extinguisher is the foam extinguisher. This fire extinguisher is used to put out fires caused by flammable substances, like nail polish and turpentine. Such fires are also referred to as Class B fires. The foam extinguisher falls into the category of water-based extinguishers, and it also works perfectly on Class A fires, which are caused by the ignition of paper and wood products. However, this isn’t the best fire extinguisher for kitchen fires and those caused by the ignition of flammable metals. The foam fire extinguisher is identified by a cream-colored label.

Water Extinguishers

If you are faced with a Class A fire, a water extinguisher is important to have on hand. A water extinguisher is identified by the red label on its container, as opposed to a cream-colored label on the foam extinguisher container. It is the perfect fire extinguisher for fires caused by paper, wood, textiles, and cardboard. However, it mustn’t be used to put out fires caused by flammable substances or even electrical fires.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Extinguisher

The carbon dioxide extinguisher is perfect for electrical fires. It can be used to put out fires in computer server rooms to be exact. Interestingly, these extinguishers can put out Class B fires too, which are caused by flammable materials. The carbon dioxide extinguisher tends to displace the oxygen needed by fire to burn. As a result, it ends up suffocating the fire to the point where it can no longer burn. This type of fire extinguisher is identified by a black label on its container.

Wet Chemical Extinguisher

A wet chemical fire extinguisher is used on Class F fires. Class F fires are caused by fats and cooking oils. Furthermore, wet chemical extinguishers are just as good for Class A fires. These fire extinguishers are identified by a yellow label on their containers.

These were just some of the most common types of fire extinguishers you can use. It is always best to prevent fire accidents from happening. To prevent fires, for example, remove all of the flammable materials and substances from the living space and store them safely. Secondly, make sure the electrical connections and wires are in perfect working condition and are replaced if they are faulty. Lastly, your indoor space should be free from clutter, for the unnecessary items serve as fuel for fire.

Never hesitate to call 911 to have the local fire department respond immediately. No fire is to small for the fire department. In addition, they conduct inspections to ensure there are not secondary fires or risks at the time.

Fire damage often includes extinguisher chemical and water damage clean up. For personal safety and building safety, biohazard clean up and water damage restoration is best left to professionals like Service Team of Professionals (STOP).

STOP Metrowest is an IICRC Certified Firm – safe, quality, and compassionate service is our priority! We provide 24/7 emergency water extraction and restoration of any fire or water damage related issues in Framingham MA or other Boston Metrowest MA communities like Weston MA, Millis MA, and Hudson MA. Call STOP MetroWest at 508-753-3780.

For more fire damage restoration information, visit our webpage at STOP Metrowest.

Metrowest, MA – Benefits of Insulating Your Plumbing | Home Restoration News

Are you aware of the benefits of plumbing insulation? Let’s find out.

Whether it is a commercial property or a residential one, plumbing insulation is of utmost importance because it is one of the best ways to protect your pipes. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of the benefits of plumbing insulation for hot and cold pipes. In the following paragraphs, we will share with you some of the many benefits of plumbing insulation.Condensation

Service Team of Professionals (STOP) always recommends consulting with a licensed plumber for plumbing concerns.

Prevents Pipe Freezing and Bursts

During the frigid winter months, pipes tend to freeze, which increases the pressure inside them. When the pipes fail to handle the pressure, they tend to burst. Not only is a burst pipe messy, but it is also quite expensive to deal with due to the water damage. Pipe insulation protects your pipes from freezing and bursting, thus saving you a lot of time and money. If the winters haven’t been very cold for the past few years, it doesn’t mean that they will never be.You might experience a record breaking drop in temperature, and therefore, it is better to be prepared.

Deals With Heat Loss Problems

In houses with old plumbing systems, a majority of hot water pipes tend to travel through the basement, which isn’t perfectly heated. Furthermore, if you have a larger pipe, the water may just lose all of its warmth by the time it reaches your faucet. Such a situation shouldn’t be unusual if you have metal pipes. Metal pipes tend to transfer thermal energy at a rapid pace. Insulation tends to hold the heat around the pipes, thus minimizing heat loss. With insulated pipes, not only do you get to use hot water, but you also get to save a lot of money, which otherwise would be spent on heating.

Compliant With Building Codes

A lot of buildings in the US use the International Energy Conservation Code. According to this code, plumbing insulation is mandatory in certain instances. For example, while not every pipe will have to be insulated, you still have to insulate the pipe that bridges the gap between the heater and the water faucet. By insulating all of the necessary pipes, you will protect yourself from legal trouble while keeping the plumbing safe and functional. STOP Metrowest leaves the plumbing to licensed professional plumbers.

Minimizes Condensation Drips

Leaky and dripping roofs can be extremely annoying. In most houses, the pipes are running at the base of the basement ceiling. The change in temperature can make the condensation from the pipes drip. This is where plumbing insulation can be a game-changer, as it minimizes the contrast in temperature.Condensation can cause the pipes to corrode. If the pipes corrode, they need to be replaced immediately, or you might face water damage.

Water damage restoration can cost you differently depending on a number of factors involved. Prevention is key to helping avoid pipes bursting and flooding the basement or any part of the building. For personal safety and building safety, water damage restoration is best left to professionals like STOP.

STOP Metrowest is an IICRC Certified Firm – safe, quality, and compassionate service is our priority! We provide 24/7 emergency water extraction and restoration of any water damage related issues in Framingham MA or other Boston Metrowest MA communities like Wellesley MA, Holliston MA, and Natick MA. Call STOP MetroWest at 508-753-3780.

For more information, visit our webpage at STOP Metrowest.

Framingham, MA – Causes of Kitchen Fire Accidents and Ways to Prevent Them

Learn the most common causes of kitchen fires and how you can prevent them.

Kitchens remain highly vulnerable to fire hazards because most of the cooking takes place there. Fires can damage the structure of the home and pose a serious threat to everyone living in it.Appliances

To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the most common causes of fires in kitchens.

Leaving an Open Flame in the Kitchen

Oftentimes, multitasking, such as cooking in the kitchen and doing the laundry or watching Game of Thrones or another show on HBO while taking care of your kitchen duties, can divert your attention. Getting distracted and leaving the food on the stove puts you and your home under serious fire related risks. People with short term memory lapses are at risk of leaving an unattended pot on the stove. The dangers are even greater if you have a gas burner with an open flame, as that is one of the most common causes of kitchen fires.

Heating Appliances

The second major cause of kitchen fires is the use of heating appliances such as baseboard heaters and home space heaters that can easily produce flames when flammable items or fabrics are brought closer to them. Based on the stats issued by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), kitchen appliances are responsible for over 25,000 house fires and claim 300 deaths in the US every year.

Fuel-powered heaters such as those that require kerosene, if not properly supervised, may quickly blow up, resulting in kitchen fires. Electric heaters, on the other hand, can ignite if fabrics such as draperies come into contact with them or simply due to faulty electrical wiring.

To avoid such issues, be sure to abide by the guidelines that come with each kitchen appliance and don’t delay or postpone regular inspections to ensure they are in a good, safe condition.

Loose Flammable Materials

This one might come to you as a surprise. According to the National Fire Protection Association, many fire deaths occur when clothing, towels, or other fabric comes into contact with the flames.  When this happens, fire quickly spreads, putting you at a serious risk. Consider items that may settle onto the stove such as long sleeves, potholders, and paper towels and keep these items away from the stovetop.  Don’t use the stovetop as a counter surface because a burner may be on or warm.

Keep a Clean Stove

Grease and other food buildup on the stove may cause smoke and fire. Keep the stove and oven clean of loose debris. Use a dish soap that is effective against grease on a regular basis.

For personal safety and building safety, fire and smoke damage restoration is best left to professionals like Service Team of Professionals.

STOP Metrowest is an IICRC Certified Firm – safe, quality, and compassionate service is our priority! We provide a rapid response to fire and smoke clean up and restoration in Framingham MA or other Metrowest MA communities like Newton MA, Sherborn MA, and Southborough MA.

Call STOP MetroWest at 508-753-3780.

For more information, visit our webpage at STOP Metrowest.

 

Boston Metrowest, MA – Prevent Furnace Water Damage With These Tips

Do you like spending winters without a functional furnace? Read on to review some tips to protect your furnace from water damage.

Why not start planning for the winter now by implementing safety and preventative features for when you need it most – during cold, wet New England winters? Melting water can make its way into your home from various openings. Regardless of the source, if water comes into contact with your gas-fired furnace, it will not only damage the internal valves and burners but also impair electronic boards controlling the system.Water Sensor

In either case, a water-damaged furnace can put you and your family in serious trouble especially in freezing Boston Metrowest winters when you need it the most.

Follow these tips to prevent furnace water damage:

Plan to Manage Snow

During snowfall, a large snowbank may accumulate around your home. As it melts, it often makes its way into your basement, seeping through its walls and damaging any belongings, including your furnace.

During the spring and summer, level the ground around your house so that the melting snow water is directed away from your home. Hiring a professional landscape design company may save you money in the long run. Reputable landscapers like RiverFront Landscape understand the proper grading and drains that properly directs water away from the building.

Use a Water Sensor

Another incredible way to prevent furnace water damage is to install a water sensor around the unit. Water sensors feature a loud alarm that will go off as soon as they detect water intrusions. Some sensors come with a notification feature that will send you a notification right on your phone when it senses incoming water. Some sophisticated water sensors will even shut off the water supply to prevent flooding. However, this only happens when the water intrusion is caused by some failure in water supply. The image above shows how a typical water valve looks like.

Protect Your Furnace

Furnaces are often kept in buried areas of your home that you don’t find yourself visiting very often. If that area happens to be a dark, damp space such as your basement or crawl space, it remains more vulnerable to water damage than any other appliance.  The humidity and potential microbial growth will only contribute to a faulty furnace. Calling professional water damage and mold remediation companies like Service Team of Professionals (STOP) will help you find the source of the moisture and plan to help control the humidity and any growth.  STOP Metrowest provides free mold inspections.

Prevent Freezing of Condensate

Furnaces with over 90 AFUE ratings produce condensate water that’s supposed to be discharged outside the house via a drainpipe. During chilly conditions, the pipe can freeze, thereby obstructing the condensate flow. Clogged drainpipes result in condensate backing up into the furnace, damaging its parts and shutting down the unit. To prevent such a situation, keep an eye on the drainpipe to keep the condensate flowing. If the condensate freezes, call an expert contractor to resolve the issue.

For personal safety and building safety, water damage restoration is best left to professionals like Service Team of Professionals (STOP).

STOP Metrowest is an IICRC Certified Firm – safe, quality, and compassionate service is our priority! We provide 24/7 emergency water extraction and restoration of any water damage related issues 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.