house winterThere are a number of concerns that come with leaving your home vacant for the winter. Plumbing issues, unwelcome critters, and severe storms are common damage-causing events during this season. If you own a vacation home, rental property or are in the process of selling your house, you could be at risk of one or more of these disasters. The easiest way to avoid winter property damage is to plan ahead by winterizing your home.

truck mountOur crews had the pleasure of restoring a home in Dudley, MA after it sustained water damage. A radiator in the first-floor living room leaked water from a broken pipe. The water traveled down through the living room's hardwood floors to the partially finished basement. The family room below suffered water damage to the ceiling tiles and left 6 inches of standing water on the tile flooring and the walls were saturated. The ServiceMaster Dynamic Cleaning team arrived at the home within 1 hour of the initial call for help. 

pipe breakA home in Attleboro, MA suffered water damage when a pipe broke in the second-floor bathroom. Water traveled through the bathroom, down to the dining room and kitchen ceilings below, and finally to the finished basement. The homeowner trusted the professionals at ServiceMaster Dynamic Cleaning to get their home back to normal quickly. 

Our team quickly got to work performing water damage restoration services. Specialty drying equipment was immediately set up to begin drying the structure and limit further damage. The certified technicians removed all wet and porous building materials like drywall and insulation. Containment was used to aid drying in the open floorplan home.

Office water loss cubicles 1030Water damage is typically unexpected. Sure you can watch the weather for storm warnings and prepare for an incoming hurricane. But a leaking pipe or a broken water heater is an unexpected event that oftentimes takes business owners by surprise. 40% of small businesses do not reopen after a disaster. Having a plan in place and taking precautions can save downtime and money. Perhaps a more difficult loss to overcome would be a damaged reputation from product loss, damaged documents or negative consumer perception. This guide provides you with tips to reduce the impact of water damage on your business. 

studentsOn average, 3,800 house fires occur in college housing each year1. With many students heading to college for the first time, it is important to remind them of fire hazards while living in college dorms, Greek housing or off-campus housing. 94% of fatal college fires took place in off-campus housing2. Relaxed rules and oversight in comparison to the college dorms create an environment of freedom for the first time for some young adults. It's important with this added responsibility that students keep safety in mind when making choices. Educate yourself or your child before the new semester starts with these recommendations. 

tree roof damage

tree fallA late May storm brought high winds, lightning, and heavy rain to Worcester County. A residence in Westborough, MA, sustained significant damage. A large tree fell, crashing through multiple windows on the rear of the home. Debris and broken glass littered the home's bedrooms and living areas. The property also suffered a lightning strike that shorted out the electrical system. 

Dog and CatA house fire can be one of the most devastating events that can happen to your family. While fires happen every day, most people do not realize that their beloved pets can pose a fire safety hazard. Pets and animals have a part in starting about 700 home fires per year according to the NFPA. For example, a dog in Connecticut jumped up to steal a piece of pizza off the stove. The dog bumped the stove knob and set the pizza box and the kitchen on fire! Another hungry pup in Massachusetts executed a similar strategy, this time with leftover pancakes.  Dogs are not the only culprits. A cat in Orange County, CA knocked over a candle, starting a fire that caused $15,000 in damages and displaced six people. Protect your family and home with these recommendations.