electrician powerlinesThe most common cause of power outages is weather-related. In Massachusetts and Rhode Island, this can happen any time of year. Home and business owners can face a Nor'easter with heavy, wet snow and strong winds in the winter or a severe thunderstorm with lightning and high winds in the summer. Both scenarios can cause significant damage, with downed tree limbs and power lines. Often times, power is restored within a few hours. But are you prepared to weather a power outage for longer? Don't let the next outage keep you in the dark. Stay safe with these expert tips.

electrical fireServiceMaster Dynamic Cleaning recently restored a Boylston, MA home that experienced fire damage from an electrical fire. The fire originated in the attic causing soot and water damage to the first and second floor as well as the basement. Despite the weekend timing, our crew arrived on site within hours to perform emergency services.

fire damageOur team was called in to help restore a multi-unit apartment building in Worcester, MA. The property sustained significant fire damage to the first-floor apartment. The units on the 2nd and 3rd floors, as well as the common areas, suffered smoke damage from the fire. The property manager trusted the experts at ServiceMaster Dynamic Cleaning to get the residents back in their homes quickly. 

tech demo ceilingA home in Worcester, MA suffered water damage from a roof leak a short time ago. The homeowner trusted the experts at ServiceMaster Dynamic Cleaning to perform professional water mitigation services. The bathroom, office, and bedrooms were affected by water damage to the walls, ceilings, and floors. Residents of the property noticed the paint on the ceiling and walls was peeling and bubbling, a common sign of water damage.

Additionally, the ceiling developed staining and water spots. The leak had gone unnoticed for some time. Unfortunately, even behind the walls mold can begin to grow within as little as 24 hours if not mitigated properly. Our technicians are specially trained to handle and treat for mold damage after a water loss. Once the walls were opened up and the wet insulation was removed, we properly treat and sanitize the affected areas. If not addressed, mold damage can lead to health issues and structural damage to the home.  

Our technicians quickly got to work extracting water and drying the structure. The roof leak demanded a thorough cleaning of several rooms. Water mitigation included removal of waterlogged building materials, HEPA vacuuming of finite particles and sanitization to prevent mold growth. Drying equipment of air movers and dehumidifiers were used to get the home back to pre-loss condition. 

document signatureThe Insurance Information Institute (iii.org) states that 63% of renters do not have renters insurance. Renters insurance covers your personal property in the event of a disaster. Many tenants believe that their landlord's insurance policy will cover the damage to their belongings. Unfortunately, this is not the case. A landlord's insurance will only pay to repair the building itself, not the renter's things. For example, if a pipe breaks under the sink and floods the kitchen, your landlord would be responsible for repairing the pipe and any damage to the structure. As a tenant, you would be responsible for replacing your personal property.

board up servicesOur team had the privilege of restoring a Blackstone, MA home after it sustained severe fire damage. The fire began in the home's second-floor bedroom in the early morning hours. Thankfully no one was hurt but the fire quickly spread black smoke throughout the house. All living areas in addition to the attic, basement, and garage were affected with fire and smoke damage. The lower levels of the home also suffered water damage from the firefighter's efforts to extinguish the fire. 

ServiceMaster Dynamic Cleaning crews were on the job within an hour of receiving the call for fire damage restoration. The technicians immediately set to work providing emergency board up services to secure the property and cleaning up glass and debris from the broken windows. Building materials that were beyond repair because they were wet, charred, or soot-covered, were removed. This home required the removal of its contents in order for demolition and reconstruction to be completed. Our company provided contents packing, inventory, moving and storage services. The home's structures and affected contents were cleaned and deodorized. The attic above the second-floor bedroom required heavy duty cleaning using dry ice blasting to restore the structure. 

kitchen tapMore water damage insurance claims are filed for pipe breaks and plumbing or appliance issues than weather-related causes. Most plumbing failures in the kitchen and the bathroom are easily prevented. If a clog causes a backup and it is not caught right away, the resulting water damage can lead to warped hardwood floors, popping tiles, and wet moldy building materials. Prevent clogs, backups, and pipe breaks by following these easy tips to keep things flowing.