luggageThe end of a vacation can be a letdown but coming home to find your house flooded is even worse. No matter the time of year, water damage is a possibility. Be it frozen pipe bursts during the Winter holidays or rising flood waters during Spring break. Give yourself peace of mind while you're away from home for an extended period of time. Explore ways to prevent water damage with these expert suggestions. 

Dryer FireDryer problems cause thousands of fires every year. The leading cause of dryer fires is a failure to clean. We've responded to thousands of fire damaged homes over the years, many of them listing the home's dryer as the source. 

Routine maintenance will help extend the life of your appliance and reduce energy usage. Not only will your clothes dry faster, saving you time and money but also reduce the likelihood of a fire. These 7 tips will help keep your home and family safe and thwart dryer fire damage.

6 foot flood lineBasements are notorious for having a damp feeling and musty smells. This makes sense as it is the lowest point of the home and primarily underground. Basements are prone to moisture and water damage for many reasons. Flooding is common during the spring months due to heavy rains and snowmelt. However, basement water damage can occur at any time of year.

Disaster Planning

commercial fire damageDisasters can be unpredictable. Be prepared for the worst with a disaster recovery plan. If a pipe bursts in your property in the middle of the night, would your employees know what to do? Make ServiceMaster Dynamic Cleaning part of your plan with a free Priority Response Partnership. Minimize downtime, reduce potential lost revenue and gain the peace of mind of knowing who to call following a disaster. Our goal is to understand your critical operations so we can restore your facility to pre-loss condition as quickly as possible when disaster strikes. 

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.

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.

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.