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by: Teresa Royer

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Boston, MA – Hurricane Season in New England Peaks in August and September

     Hurricane season is upon us! According to Mass.gov, hurricane season in Massachusetts starts in June and ends November, however, the state sees more hurricane activity during the months of August and September. As we approach these two months, we want to help jumpstart your first steps to preparing for a possible hurricane and hurricane damage. Through preparation, we can finish hurricane season strong and be prepared for hurricane season next year and the years to come. With that being said, let’s learn how to secure our homes both physically and financially.  

SignsStorm Clouds

  • Increased Wind Speeds 
  • Long Lasting (Heavy) Downpour
  • Rise in Water Levels
  • Weather/Storm Reports

Increased Wind Speeds. The most obvious sign of an incoming hurricane is increased wind speeds. In Massachusetts, regular wind speeds can go from 10-25 depending on whether you live close to a large body of water or inland. However, when a hurricane is approaching, wind speed greatly increases and will not decrease after hours or even days. Depending on the strength of the hurricane, wind speeds can increase to the 70’s and in worse cases, above 120’s.

Long Downpour. Another sign of an approaching hurricane is a long downpour. In some cases, it can cause more than 4 inches of rain per hour. A long downpour combined with high wind speeds can cause flooding. 

Rise In Water Levels. Another sign of a hurricane is an unusual rise in water levels. Due to the high winds coming from the ocean, it pushes water from the ocean or large lake onto land. This causes severe flooding, damage to everything on land, and is very deadly. 

Weather/Storm Reports. Even knowing all of the signs of an approaching hurricane, one cannot be sure it is one until the hurricane approaches and when that happens, it can make evacuation difficult. The best way to know if a hurricane is approaching is following weather reports. They are great at informing people of possible storms, their current location, which direction they are headed, and possible wind speeds they are bringing with them. Not only do these reports follow hurricanes, they also report on tornadoes, snow storms, and more! 

Now that we know some of the signs of a hurricane, we can start looking to the sky with more ease as we enter August. However, if we have experienced hurricane damage from years prior or water damage, please don’t wait to call for an assessment of the damage and help to restore your property back to normal. Wind and water damage continue to eat away at the materials on roofing, siding, and indoor walls and ceilings even if it looks dry.

If you have experienced damage to your home due to a natural disaster, call Service Team of Professionals. We specialize in water, mold, fire, and lighting damage. If there are other things that need to be fixed that we don’t specialize in, we probably know people who do and will be happy to refer you to our trusted list of professionals. For more information, call STOP at 508 – 841-3082 or visit our webpage at STOP Metrowest

 

Metrowest, MA – Bugs to Watch Out for After Water Damage Because of Leaking Roof

Water Damage

Do you know that roof leakage can attract different types of bugs?

It is not uncommon for roofs to leak, especially during the rainy season. The moment you notice a leak in your roof, we are sure the only things you start worrying about is water damage and mold growth. However, there is one more problem that you can’t overlook, and that is insect and pest infestation. Insects and pests are attracted to water and moisture, and they can end up in your attic. In this article, we will take a look at some of the most common pests and insects you should watch out for after a roof leak.

CockroachesCockroaches

Cockroaches are the most common pests to infest your living space. These creepy crawlers have a particular fascination with warmth and moisture. They aren’t fond of a specific kind of food and they mostly snack on any paper products they can find in the attic. Getting rid of cockroaches isn’t easy, and if they are left to stay, they can cause damage Therefore, you should seek help from a professional exterminator. They ruin food items and also give off a foul odor, which is unbearable.

Carpenter Ants

Apart from cockroaches, another common pest found after a roof leak is the carpenter ant. These ants are black and brown in color, and they can grow up to ¼ inches in length. After a roof leak, they can show up in our attics out of nowhere. They tend to make their nests, and once their numbers increase, they start weakening the wooden surfaces on your property. Just like cockroaches, you need to hire professionals to get rid of these ants, or they will spread throughout the house before you can even realize it.

Earwigs

Have you seen those bugs that have pincers on the end of their tails? Those insects are known as earwigs and they are particularly fond of warm and moist environments, such as the leaky attic in your house. To reproduce, the earwigs need a moist space. Earwigs are somewhat harmless, and after the moisture is taken care of, they tend to disappear. However, when it comes to  getting rid of earwigs, fixing the holes and the cracks in the walls is just as important as removing the moisture source.

Silverfish

As the name suggests, silverfish is literally silver in color. Moreover, their bodies are shaped like teardrops. These pests tend to feed on paper products, cardboard and things that contain some form of cellulose.

To eliminate such pests from your living space, make sure to have your roof fixed and the moisture removed.

Water damage due to any reason is bad. If you have experienced water damage and want to resolve the problem before it causes mold damage or a pest infestation, feel free to visit our website and get in touch with our professionals. We provide the best restoration services in Metrowest, MA.

Greater Boston, MA – Cleaning Tips to Remove Smoke Odor After a Fire Accident

Smoke

Have you recently experienced a fire on your property and want to get rid of the smoke odor? Here is what you need to do.

A fire accident is the worst thing that can happen to your property. Not only does it ruin your property and valuable belongings, but it also paves the way for a number of problems like water damage. Regardless of how small and contained a fire is, the byproducts it leaves behind jeopardize the health of the people in the vicinity.

Furthermore, fire leaves behind a pungent and nauseating odor. The odor continues to stay inside your home, while affecting the quality of indoor air. In the following paragraphs, we will share with you some tips that will help you get rid of that disgusting smoke odor, so keep reading. Before we move forward, if you still haven’t taken a moment to check out our website, do so now. We provide some of the best restoration services in Greater Boston MA.Air Fan

Air Out the Place

The first thing you should do to remove the smoke odor from your property is to air out the place. To begin with, open all the doors and windows for proper ventilation. This will allow fresh air to enter, thus helping to neutralize the unbearable odor of smoke. It may help to strategically place fans to push the smoke out of your living space. You can also invest in renting exhaust fans from a local home store to speed up the process.

Use Some Positive Pressure

Airing out the place is good, but it won’t suffice unless you rely on some positive pressure. If you are new to this concept, do not worry. Positive pressure is when the pressure of air inside a room is greater than the pressure of air outside the room. Here is what you need to do to create positive pressure:

  • Open the main entrance to your living space and place a big fan facing inwards.
  • Close all the doors and windows,except one window which will serve as the exhaust.
  • Turn the fan on and run it on the highest speed for 15 minutes straight.
  • Repeat the process a few times until the odor has completely left.

Clean Thoroughly

The smoke stricken surfaces should be cleaned thoroughly to get rid of the pungent odor. Make sure the carpets, curtains and bedding are professionally cleaned. Items in your home will need to be cleaned as well.  Also, clean the windows and all surfaces like ceilings, walls and floors. Lastly, the HVAC ducts should be thoroughly cleaned by a professional.

Repaint the Walls

As discussed in the previous paragraphs, the walls need to be washed to get rid of smoke odor. After the walls have been washed, they may need to be repainted. Please do not just repaint the walls without cleaning first.  Smoke and soot odor will eventually seep through the paint, and you will be back at square one.

Hire the Professionals – Service Team of Professionals

Cleaning and deodorizing after a fire, no matter how small can be a tedious task.  If it’s small, like popcorn burning in the microwave, and you can’t get rid of the smell, try cleaning the surfaces nearest the microwave like appliances, walls, outside of the cabinets.  Definitely clean the inside of the microwave until you can’t smell anything burnt.  If the area is large and/or you have a lot of items in your home, call fire damage and odor control specialists like Service Team of Professionals (STOP).  STOP, based in Framingham MA, has the right equipment, right products, and training to perform the damage restoration services the right way the first time.

STOP Metrowest is an IICRC Certified Firm – safe, quality, and compassionate service is our priority! We cleanup after fire and smoke and deodorize any space 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, call STOP at 508 – 753 – 3780 or visit our webpage at STOP Metrowest

Boston Metrowest, MA – Improve Airflow and Minimize Mold with Ventilation

Let’s Talk About Airflow

In a previous blog post, we talked about how attics and how they are susceptible to mold, especially during the summer months. With the previous post in mind, we want to focus on one of the most important ways you can prevent mold from growing. Airflow. It feels nice on the skin, cools you down, and creates a beautiful sound when running over the leaves in the trees. Unlike us and our need and want of airflow during the hot and humid summers, airflow is actually detrimental to mold and mold growth. Just as moving air rustles and bustles the leaves on trees and carries the smell of those summer flowers to planted a week ago, airflow disrupts mold from growing by disrupting the spores from settling. By having a proper ventilation system which administers proper airflow, mold is less likely to grow. So, how? What is the first step to achieving proper ventilation for our attics? Vents. There are two types of vent we will be looking at, intake vents and exhaust vents.

Intake Vents 

The ventilation system starts with the intake vent. The purpose of the intake vent is to bring new, cool air from the outside into the attic. The new air, which is moving rather than sitting, moves the air inside of the attic and disrupts mold from growing. Not only does the new air disrupt the spores from growing, it also assists the exhaust vent which we’ll talk about in a little bit. There are many types of intake vents to choose from out there. We have listed a few common intake vents to help you find one that fits your style and home!

  •      Soffit Vent  
  •      Gable Vent 
  •      Venting Drip Edge
  •      Fascia Vent
  •      Static Vent. 
  •      Power Vent  

 

Exhaust Vents

In the intake portion of this post, we said that the new, cool air assists the exhaust vent. How? Science! The science of air tells us that hot air rises while cool air tends to stay closer to the ground. When new air enters into the attic via the intake vent, the new cooler air hits the ground running while pushing the old, hot, humid air out the exhaust vent. By pushing the hot, old, humid air out, mold is less likely to grow in the attic. Like with the intake vents, here are a few common vents to help you get started on finding the right exhaust vent(s) for you!

  • Ridge Vents
  • Roof/Gable Louvers
  • Wind Turbines
  • Static Vent
  • Power Vent

 

Is It Worth It?

Hands down, yes, and for more reasons than just mold. With a proper ventilation system, your attic will not be as hot and humid to go into. Not only does having an attic with a proper ventilation system make attic mold less likely to happen, having a cooler attic means that being up there is more bearable.

If you suspect mold, you will want to call mold removal professionals, like STOP Metrowest in Framingham MA, to ensure the mold is removed without contaminating other areas of your home. STOP has the most up to date training and equipment to safely and quickly stop the damage from occurring and restoring the area to a safe environment.

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 Hopkinton MA, Needham MA, and Hudson MA. Call STOP MetroWest at 508-753-3780.

For more information, visit our webpage at STOP Metrowest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natick, MA – Mold Damage in the Attic

Is there mold growth in your attic? Here are a few things you must know.

One of the best places for mold to grow and thrive in is your attic. The attic in your house is dark, moist and humid, and that is all mold needs to grow. Furthermore, it is very rare that a homeowner bothers to pay a visit to the attic, and therefore, mold gets all the time it needs to grow. By the time they come to know about mold damage in the attic, it‘s already too late. Let’s take a look at some of the telltale signs of mold damage in the attic.

Signs of Mold in the Attic

  • One of the common signs of mold in the attic is the dark discoloration on wooden surfaces. If you notice this in your attic, things have become very bad, and you need to seek professional mold remediation in Metrowest, MA.
  • In a perfect world, an attic should feel cool and windy. However, when there is mold growth in the attic, things can get a little stuffy and congested.
  • Another sign of mold buildup in the attic is the layer of frost under the roof sheathing, during the winter season.
  • Mold damage makes the insulation in your attic deteriorate with time. Furthermore, upon touching, you may feel a layer of moisture on the insulation. This indicates mold growth.
  • Lastly, the presence of mold in the attic results in a pungent and musty odor.

Causes of Mold Growth in the AtticAttic Mold Growth

  • Lack of ventilation
  • Lack of dryer vents  or bathroom fans
  • Leakage in the roof or siding
  • Leaking from plumbing and air conditioning units
  • Improper installation of soffit vents and insulation

Prevention of Mold Growth in the Attic

Now that we have talked about the signs and causes of mold growth in the attic, let’s talk about ways to prevent mold growth in the attic.

  • Pay attention to the leakages near the attic area. Keep a close eye on the ceiling as well as the pipes running through nearby. Make sure the wood and insulation aren’t discolored. Also inspect the area for any cracks in the pipes as well as the ceiling.
  • Ensure there is adequate ventilation in the attic space.
  • Insulate your attic. Attic insulation is necessary for a number of reasons. One of the best things about attic insulation is that it minimizes temperature and also reduces the amount of moisture, which is instrumental to mold growth. Just be sure the insulation does not cover the ventilation points for the attic.

For personal safety and building safety, mold and other microbial growth removal is best left to professionals like Service Team of Professionals (STOP). STOP Metrowest will help determine the sources of the microbial growth, remove the mold, and help determine ways to help prevent further growth.

STOP Metrowest is an IICRC Certified Firm – safe, quality, and compassionate service is our priority! We provide mold inspection and removal in Framingham MA or other Metrowest MA communities like Natic MA, Sherborn MA, and Southborough 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.