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SERVPRO of Natick Milford Shares How to Deal with Fire and Smoke Damage in a Home or Business 

1/7/2023 (Permalink)

Green box with text and orange SERVPRO logo SERVPRO of Natick Milford is trained in a variety of different related clean-up including the latest professional equipment, tools, and procedures.

It is not common for fire loss, soot damage, or smoke damage problems to occur in any building.

When a firefighter enters a fire, their first defense is to use lots of water to extinguish the fire. The steps that firefighters take to control the fire will leave back ashes, fire loss, soot damage, smoke damage or air quality problems. You will need to hire a professional to get the remainder of the damage taken care of.  SERVPRO of Natick Milford is trained in a variety of different related clean-up including the latest professional equipment, tools, and procedures. 

With our fire cleanup efforts, the business can get back to business as soon as it is physically possible.

Smoke and fire damage situation is different for everyone, each situation requires a unique solution tailored to the specific conditions. 


SERVPRO of Natick Milford is your premier choice for fire damage and restoration. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you updated on the project's status and ensure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your fire damage.

SERVPRO of Natick Milford Shares Causes of a Flooded Basement.

1/7/2023 (Permalink)

Orange background with text and SERVPRO logo Make sure to check rain gutters and remove all debris, and seal cracks in your foundation to avoid flooding.

A flooded basement can occur anytime, especially from weather related events such as heavy rainfall or rapid snowmelt to older homes. There are several reasons why flooded basements can happen. 

  • Foundation cracks
  • Broken basement windows
  • Poor-draining window wells
  • Sewer system problems
  • Sump pump problems
  • Improperly sealed basement walls
  • House located at the bottom of a slope
  • Weeping tile blockage
  • Overflowing rain gutters
  • Improper downspout locations
  • Appliance leaks
  • Overflowing toilet or bathtub
  • Water heater failure

Make sure to check rain gutters and remove all debris, and seal cracks in your foundation to avoid flooding. 


SERVPRO of Natick Milford is your premier choice for water damage and restoration. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you updated on the project's status and ensure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your water damage.

SERVPRO of Natick Milford Shares The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Fire Damage and Restoration

1/7/2023 (Permalink)

Fire in background with box and SERVPRO logo Surviving a fire can be a traumatic and challenge. Here are the top questions when it comes to fire damage.

Surviving a fire can be a traumatic and challenge.  Here are the top questions when it comes to fire damage. 

  1. What Is the First Thing I Should Do After a Fire?: After the firefighters have put out the flames, it is a wise decision to call a fire damage restoration company immediately to begin the repairs.  
  2. Can I Inspect My Home After a Fire?: No, you will want stay out of your property following a fire. Homes affected by a blaze are considered unstable and unsafe.  
  3. How Do I Secure My Home After a Fire?: The damage restoration company can install board-ups and tarp covers to protect your home. 
  4. If the Fire Damage Is Minor, Can I Clean It Myself?: No, this can put you and your loved ones in danger. Exposure to smoke and soot from fires can cause breathing difficulties. 
  5. What Should I Do With the Water Used To Extinguish the Fire?: The fire damage repair team can extract the standing water using equipment such as sumps or extraction tools.
  6. Can Smoke Damage Be Removed? Smoke and soot damage on floors, walls, ceilings, and other surfaces might be tough to deal with, but they can be removed. 
  7. Do I Need To Move Out During the Restoration Process? Yes, living in a fire-damaged home can be more stressful and unsafe. 
  8. How Long Does Fire Damage Restoration Take?: The timeline for fire damage restoration project varies depending on the scope and severity of the damage. 


SERVPRO of Natick Milford is your premier choice for fire damage and restoration. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you updated on the project's status and ensure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your fire damage.

Commercial Carpet Drying

1/7/2023 (Permalink)

man cleaning carpet SERVPRO of Natick/Milford dries carpets during the restoration process.

SERVPRO of Natick/Milford comes across many materials during commercial and residential restorations. One of the common features in buildings is carpet. Preserving this material is a primary goal in every restoration task to reduce costs.

It can be a difficult task to dry commercial carpets for Natick businesses. We make sure to be meticulous in these efforts to restore the most, rather than throw away. Two things we look out for in carpet drying is Backing Separation (Delamination) and Latex Deterioration as we dry carpets in offices, hallways, and common areas.

Every carpet has two backings, primary and secondary. Latex is the adhesive used by manufacturers to attach the individual fibers to the primary. The second layer of latex holds the backings together. When water remains on the carpet for too long, the latex begins to break down; this results in the backings separating, and the fibers coming loose. To prevent this from occurring, we first remove the water. Technicians use pumps to remove the majority of water. When most water has been removed, we switch to extraction wands; which are vacuums, that draw out water from carpets and carpet pads without damaging them. As they perform the task, our technicians are trained to watch for any signs of delamination and deterioration.

Since overly aggressive extraction damages carpet, there will always be a small amount of moisture left trapped. Since most commercial carpets do not utilize a carpet pad, it is rarely necessary for us to remove one. To completely dry the carpet, we use a combination of air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to remove the last trace of moisture.

We carefully examine the carpet and then lift a section at opposite ends of a room or hallway. This technique is know as "floating" in the industry. At the entry point, we place an air mover to force warm, dry air under the carpet which pushes out the damp, colder air. To speed the process, we set up a fan to draw the damp air out, which makes the air-mover more efficient. If the room or hallway is extremely humid, we use a dehumidifier to draw moisture from the air. Our SERVPRO technicians take pride in working around an active work environment, reducing disruptions to our clients' customers and their employees.

Drying out your business is a relatively simple task, but it is time-consuming. Restoring carpets and other property needs to be handled by a professional service to avoid secondary damage. SERVPRO of Natick/Milford has decades of experience and stands ready to support our fellow business owners. Call today at (774) 290-4300 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Staying Safe from Carbon Monoxide

1/7/2023 (Permalink)

carbon monoxide alarm Carbon Monoxide can be incredibly danergous.

Carbon Monoxide can be incredibly dangerous, and  it is of utmost importance to stay safe from this gas. Carbon Monoxide is a clear, odorless gas that can cause incredible harm if inhaled. Keeping it contained by knowing what to do if you suspect its presence, and how to prevent it, is incredibly helpful to saying safe. If it is present, carbon monoxide poisoning may occur. Here is a list of symptoms caused by poisoning:

  • A dull headache
  • Weakness/Dizziness
  • Nauseous/Vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of consciousness

Below are some tips to you keep you and your family safe from Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

  1. Never use gas range or oven to heat a home.
  2. Never leave a running vehicle in an enclosed or even partially closed area, such as a garage.
  3. Never use any gas-powered engine inside your home, basement, or garage.
  4. Always have a carbon monoxide detector in your home.

SERVPRO of Natick/Milford is committed to keeping you safe. If damage occurs in your home, we are here to restore and rebuild. Keep our phone number in your emergency contacts today: (774) 290-4300

SERVPRO of Natick Milford Shares Frozen Pipe Information

12/5/2022 (Permalink)

Green background with orange SERVPRO logo and title. Winter months call for frozen pipes. It is important to know how to prevent pipe damage to your building.

Winter months call for frozen pipes. It is important to know how to prevent pipe damage to your building. 

Here is what you should do if you suspect you have frozen pipes.

  1. Check with a neighbor to see if they’re experiencing frozen pipes too. If they have running water, it’s likely your pipes have frozen.
  2. Turn off the water immediately using the main shut-off valve.
  3. Open the faucet for water to flow through the pipe once the area is melted. 
  4. Apply heat around the pipe using a hair dryer. Keep all heat sources away from flammable materials.
  5. Once pipes are thawed, you can turn the water back on and check all joints for leaks.
  6. Check all pipes and joints for leaks or cracks.

If there are still issues contact an experienced water restoration company. 

SERVPRO of Natick Milford is your premier choice for water damage and restoration. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you updated on the project's status and ensure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your water damage. 

SERVPRO of Natick Milford Holiday Safety Advice

12/5/2022 (Permalink)

Orange background with text and SERVPRO logo With proper preparation and safe practices, you can avoid those dangerous situations while decorating.

It is everyone’s favorite time of the year! With Christmas, there can be more fires than normal. Decorations can have a risk and electrocution. With proper preparation and safe practices, you can avoid those dangerous situations while decorating.

  • A missing or broken bulb can lead to shocks or even fires. 
  • Replace any broken bulbs before you string up your home or tree. 
  • If you decorate your home's exterior, make sure to use a ladder that isn’t metal. 
  • Make sure to use lights that are labeled indoors for your indoor lights and ones labeled outdoors for your outdoor lights.
  • Check to make sure your lights are labeled as waterproof, especially outdoors. 
  • Always use an extension cord that is rated for outdoor use. 
  • Keep your cords from sitting on the ground. 
  • Make sure your light cord and your extension cord stay out of puddles or snow.
  • Keep your light strands off the ground. 
  • Don't make your lights a year-long attraction. Lights, including smart lights, should not be used for long terms. 
  • Leave cords out of doors and windows. The cord could become pinched. This can ruin the insulation around the wires and lead to a shock.

Should you experience a fire, call 911 immediately and call your local fire restoration company. 

SERVPRO of Natick Milford is your premier choice for fire damage and restoration. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you updated on the project's status and ensure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your fire damages. 

SERVPRO of Natick Milford Is The Choice For Rebuilding Homes and Businesses

12/5/2022 (Permalink)

Fire in background with orange box and SERVPRO logo We provide fire restoration services in SERVPRO of Natick Milford every day. We know it is a huge project.

A fire in a building is one of the most devastating things. 

If you ever find yourself in this situation, take a deep breath and know it will be okay. 

We provide fire restoration services in SERVPRO of Natick Milfordevery day. We know it is a huge project, but it’s easier to manage when you know what to expect. 

Whenever there is a fire, it is important to hire licensed professionals.

  1. Call your insurance company: It’s important to set the claims process in motion as soon as possible. You can ask for a preferred restoration company they have, or hire us. 
  2. Asses your building damage: Your restoration contractor can recommend a structural engineer to make sure it is safe to begin work. 
  3. Have the property secured: secure all but one entryway, and board up broken windows. 
  4. Address structural repairs: You will want experienced and professional carpenters to take care of heavy repairs. 
  5. Inspect and repair electricity: the fire might not have destroyed your entire home, but the electrical system must be inspected and repaired by a licensed electrician.
  6. Address problems with the fire damage: Your restoration contractor can find any additional problems such as mold growth in damp sheetrock, smoke stains and soot residue, and more. 
  7. Clean up by room: Fire restoration can take several months: The company will replace ruined sheetrock, restore fire-damaged floors and even help you salvage furnishings. It is important to not rush the process 
  8. Document everything: The cost to rebuild after a fire can be very expensive. Make sure to document everything for yourself and your insurance company. 

With the combined talent and experience of carpenters, electricians, and fire restoration services, homes can be successfully rebuilt. 

SERVPRO of Natick Milford is your premier choice for fire damage and restoration. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you updated on the project's status and ensure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your fire damages. 

SERVPRO of Natick Milford Celebrates Thanksgiving

11/5/2022 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving feast with SERVPRO logo Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday in the United States. It is a time for gathering with loved ones.

Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday in the United States. It is a time for gathering with loved ones. However, oftentimes safety can be a concern when cooking. 

Here are the top safety tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking 
  • Stay home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. 
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Never leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. 

Above all else, Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at SERVPRO of Natick Milford 

SERVPRO of Natick Milford is your premier choice for restoration and rebuild. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you up to date on the status of the project and make sure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your storm damages. 

SERVPRO of Natick Milford Helps Businesses Prepare For Flooding

11/5/2022 (Permalink)

Business building with SERVPRO logo Flooding happens to buildings sometimes and it is critical that businesses are prepared for natural disasters.

Flooding happens to buildings sometimes and it is critical that businesses are prepared for natural disasters. It is recommended to have flood insurance and tools that mitigate total loss in emergency situations. 

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), flooding occurs in over 90 percent of natural disasters, averaging 17 billion dollars of damage each year.

Here are some helpful tips: 

  • Analyze flood maps: FEMA is the most reliable resource for this. They provide flood maps that are updated regularly. 
  • Conduct risk analysis: Storms can completely destroy a given area. FEMA states that as little as one inch of flood water can cause $25,000 in damage. This can cause the company operations issues for an unforeseen amount of time.
  • Generate a disaster plan: Having a disaster plan is a  great way to maintain calmness. Train your employees with steps in your disaster plan. 
  • Obtain commercial flood insurance: You will want to establish your risk analysis. This will give you an idea of what type of commercial flood insurance to purchase. 
  • Protect business information: When flooding does occur, it can be hard to salvage equipment and paperwork. 
  • Purchase flood boards: If you are in a flood-prone area or at risk of flooding you will want to consider this. 
  • Raise electrical sockets, fuse boxes, and wiring: Moving electrical wiring to a safe height is simple. 
  • Install non-return valves: Businesses should consider the installation of non-return valves for drains. This can be an added layer of protection during flooding.

SERVPRO of Natick Milford is your premier choice for restoration and rebuild. Our teams are ready to respond 24 hours a week, any day of the year. When you bring us on the job our team of licensed contractors and certified technicians will work collaboratively with you throughout the duration of the project. They will keep you up to date on the status of the project and make sure that your expectations are met. We will help you to move forward and make it “Like it never even happened” for all of your storm damages.