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The Fire Tetrahedron & Why It’s Important | SERVPRO® of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

a small paper house burning If your home or business has any damage, SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury is ready around the clock to help you recover.

You might have read that title and wondered why on earth we’re talking about a geometric term, the tetrahedron.

Well, we’re not actually talking about geometry in today’s blog. We are actually going to discuss the fire tetrahedron.

If you think back on your childhood education, you may remember that a tetrahedron is a four-faced shape. That’s the connection, because there are essentially four “faces” to fire, or four things it can’t live without.

The 4 Things a Fire Needs to Live

Fuel. Adding “fuel to the fire” is a saying because in order for a fire to live or grow is has to have a fueling agent. Things like wood, plastics or many other common things are potential fuel sources for both planned fires and accidental ones.

Heat. In order for a fire to start, you have to have enough heat to make it burn. Different types of fires will require a different amount of heat. Some objects will simply melt when they hit a certain temperature, while others will combust, which can be a major danger.

Oxygen. Humans require oxygen to live, and so do fires. Oxygen feeds a fire, causing it to grow and also generate products of combustion.

Chemical Chain Reaction. A chain reaction is something that perpetuates a fire so long as it is undisturbed.

The 4 Ways to Stop a Fire

Cool it. The point of dousing a fire with water is to cool it to a point that combustion is no longer possible. By cooling your burning material, you are cooling it to a thermal balance.

Smother it. You may remember another common childhood lesson—“stop, drop and roll.” We were taught to take those actions if our clothing caught on fire. There’s a reason for that. When you drop to the ground, covering your clothing, it cuts off the oxygen supply to the fire, which smothers it.

Starve it. This works similarly to smothering the fire, except instead of removing oxygen, you’re removing the fuel source.

Interrupt the chain reaction. There are chemical agents, such as halon, that can be very effective in putting out a fire. However, this chemical has an elevated potential for ozone depletion, meaning it is harmful to the environment, and has been banned.

If the fire tetrahedron makes a wreck of your home or business, we’re ready around the clock to help you recover. Contact SERVPRO anytime for fast, thorough cleanup and recovery after a fire.

Put a Plan Together for Winter Storms and Extreme Weather | SERVPRO® Jamaica Plain/Roxbury

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

a close-up image of a car and tire moving through snow If winter weather should bring damage to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury for fast, restorative solutions.

The latter part of the year is busy. Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are approaching, and you may simply look forward to the new year and a fresh start!

The one thing we want to remind you of is the importance of safety during potentially hazardous winter weather. Jamaica Plain and Roxbury have cold winters with abundant snow. It’s best to be prepared before the weather arrives.

Let’s take a look at a few items you need to keep in mind as winter storms are on the horizon.

Keep the Family Safe

Family safety tops the list, and that’s no surprise. Ensure your family has an emergency action plan so you can communicate and stay in touch during a winter weather emergency. This will reduce fear and promote action in the face of a winter weather emergency.

Step one is creating an emergency action plan, and step two is making sure your vehicle is winterized prior to cold weather arriving. Make sure all fluid levels are topped off and proper anti-icing precautions are taken. Keep an ice scrapper in the car for frost and snow, and put extra clothes and blankets in the truck in case you get stranded and have to wait for help in your car.

Keep Your Home Safe

Frozen pipes are a serious risk in the winter for homeowners. Knowing how to prevent them can save money and a considerable amount of anxiety!

Make sure all sources of heat are properly maintained before the winter. This includes furnaces, kerosene and other portable heaters.

If you use wood or coal, make sure your chimneys are unobstructed and free of creosote and ash. Make sure to have an adequate supply of fuel to see you through an extended winter storm. Be sure to follow all safety procedures when using kerosene, wood or coal.

If you feel particularly industrious, consider installing storm windows or coating windows with extra insulation from the inside to increase the “R” value and keep more of the heat on the inside.

Keep Your Pets Safe

Domesticated animals should be brought inside during the winter months. Very few breeds of animals can tolerate winter weather, much less extreme winter weather and storms.

Ensure your pets have a place they can be comfortable during extended cold weather. If you own livestock or horses, make sure they have a shelter from the elements and a steady supply of food and unfrozen water.

Watch for Melts and Flooding

Melting snow and ice can produce dangerous floods, putting people, homes and pets in danger. Always stay informed using local emergency alerts, and be cautious as the weather warms and ice and snow begin to melt.

If winter weather should bring damage or flooding to your home or business, contact SERVPRO for fast, restorative solutions.

Prepare Your Business For Fire Damage

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

red and orange flames with black background Let us help you in the unfortunate event you experience fire damage.

If you own a business, it is important that you are honest about potential risks from every source—including from emergencies and natural disasters. With the possibility of commercial fires and the data behind how costly they can be, preparing for these is key to the longevity of your operations.

There are many ways to get started in fire safety planning, but we always recommend originating from a safety standpoint. Teaching your employees how to perform a fire evacuation is a key element to keeping everyone safe in case the fire alarm were to sound for real.

Teaching Your Employees How to Perform a Fire Evacuation

Consult with your local fire officials. With the internet, you have so many research options at your fingertips surrounding commercial fire safety, but do not forget about your local options as well. You can generally have your local fire officials come and provide you with personalized advice for planning your evacuation routes and boosting your fire safety.

Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. After you have decided what evacuation routes suit your needs, be sure they are labeled clearly and your staff is aware of the upcoming drill. Keeping everyone looped in will create more transparency and be sure every one of your staff members are prepared when the drill begins.

Have fire drills frequently. Though taking time out of your day for a fire drill is not ideal, generally doing them once every few months is sufficient enough for everyone’s safety. Keep them on the schedule regularly enough so that everyone can remember the protocols, but not so often that they become mundane.

Run different fire scenarios. There are many ways fires start and spread throughout an office space, so your drills should reflect this to better prepare everyone for a real fire. Have your mock fire block different exit routes so your employees can see what it is like to alter their course with little notice just like they may have to if the fire alarm sounds for real.

If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—call us today 617-699-6909.

When Disaster Strikes, Choose SERVPRO | SERVPRO® of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

damaged furniture and other home items sitting outside of red brick house When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury is your local restoration expert.

Homeowners, business owners and property managers, it’s your job to make sure operations run smoothly. Keeping morale high and the family happy is a priority.

When something like a disaster strikes, the status quo is upset! All of those responsibilities take a back seat, and you now have a new focus. You may have never managed a crisis before—and that’s why we’re here.

Managing and handling a crisis is our job, not yours! Let us handle the pressure, we do it for a living.

When life tries to get a fast one by you, trust SERVPRO to take over and get you back to normal.

Equipped, Qualified & Ready

Our job is to be ready when needed. When you call, we’ll be on the way in a moment’s notice. We understand there is no time to spare when fire damage, flooding or a natural disaster is at hand.

When a crisis happens, we’re queued up and ready to go.

Being Faster to Any Disaster Is What We Do

When a disaster hits, we understand that we need to drop everything and come running. After all, in a disaster situation, every second counts.

For every minute that passes, mold can grow, and you can have more smoke or water damage. A fast response is critical, and with a local office right here nearby, you’ll be the beneficiary of a local company with national resources.

We Know the Best Disaster Recovery Techniques

Disasters don’t care where or when they strike, and homes and businesses can suffer accidental or natural damage.

We have custom plans for many situations, and we’re prepared to get your home or business back to normal ASAP!

Our Expertly Trained Techs Restore Your Property "Like it never even happened."

We’re not a “here today and gone tomorrow” type of operation. SERVPRO is an expert in the recovery and restoration business because we care about your satisfaction enough to ensure your property is restored to its original condition.

We are committed to ensuring your restoration is exceptional from start to finish.

We Modify Our Approach When New Disasters Arise

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, illness prevention is high on the priority list. With that in mind, we now offer sanitization and disinfecting services that go beyond normal office cleaning.

If you want your customers to feel safe and welcome, we can give you that ultra-clean space and ease the worries of your customers and employees at the same time.

Fires burn, storms rage, pipes leak—it happens. Your local SERVPRO is ready to take on the challenge so you can get back to life.

Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO has the tools, the technicians and the training to get your situation under control. When you’re ready to get help from the best, get in touch with SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury 617-466-6909

Where to Look for Water Leaks in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

a leak in ceiling creating water lines running down an interior wall A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of Allston, Brighton & Brookline team if you are dealing with any water damage.

Water damage isn’t something anyone really wants to deal with. However, we never really get notice that a disaster is about to happen. Water is always looking for somewhere to go, and it seeks the path of least resistance.

Understanding your home water system can go a long way to preventing water damage. Practice preventive maintenance with an emphasis on the most common sources for water damage:

Toilet leaks. Whether it’s a broken wax seal or a clogged toilet, these have to be repaired quickly before more damage results. The tank has many moving parts, and these can wear out over time. Proper fixture maintenance in the bathroom can save you time and aggravation in the future.

Ice maker supply line. Ice maker supply lines are common sources of water leaks. If the line is damaged, replace it. If it’s loose, secure it.

Foundation cracks. Foundation cracks are serious and should be repaired by a professional. They can allow water to seep into the basement, and if your basement is finished living space, the damage can add up quickly.

Poor ventilation. Proper attic ventilation is important because it removes moisture from the attic that could condensate, drip and cause mold growth.

Roots in drain lines. Older homes have more problems with roots in the drain lines due to the types of materials that were used in construction. Septic systems utilize field lines, and they tend to attract tree roots due to the moisture in the ground.

Common drain issues. Homeowners face many issues with drain systems, including slow drains, recurring clogs, a foul odor or flooding from a backup.

Staying current on your home maintenance is the best way to avoid a potential catastrophe!

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.

The Leading Causes of House Fires & How to Prevent Them | SERVPRO® of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury

11/13/2021 (Permalink)

a firefighter battling a fire with a water hose in hand Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury are here for you if your home is affected by fire.

No homeowner wants to face a home fire. Fires cause devastation and spread unpredictably. It’s best to be prepared and have a plan in the event a fire occurs.

But despite all the technological advancements and advocacy campaigns, home fires still account for a quarter of all reported home fires.

Prevention is the key, so let’s look at the top causes of these house fires and see if we can get that number down by learning how to prevent them:

Cooking. This is the leading cause of home fires, by far! Almost half of all house fires start in the kitchen, and the main reason is unattended cooking. Want to reduce your chance of a home fire? Don’t leave the kitchen while you’re cooking.

Heating equipment. Nationally, 14% of all home fires are started by heating equipment. It’s a combination of things that cause this, including equipment malfunctions and accidents, but the biggest culprit is space heaters and having flammable items too close.

Electrical fires. These fires are generally caused by higher electrical demand in the home due to the increased amount of electronics. Add to that faulty or overloaded circuits in older homes, and these are the factors that contribute to electrical fires at home. Using ungrounded plugs or even placing high-wattage bulbs into low-wattage sockets can also start these fires.

Intentional fires. Arson is still an issue as well. Over 28,000 home fires are intentionally set each year. We use the word intentional because the fire was started with the purpose of burning the structure instead of an accident causing the fire.

Smoking materials. Way too many people still smoke and fall asleep. While smoking materials account for only 5% of all house fires, they are the leading cause of civilian fire deaths. These often start because cigarettes are left burning as people fall asleep and that makes the victim more susceptible.

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO is here for you if your home is affected by fire. Contact your local team today to see how we can help.

Here’s How to Find a Restoration Provider You Can Trust | SERVPRO® of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

three green SERVPRO trucks lined up on a side street You can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line, SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury

When an emergency strikes, it causes chaos. It doesn’t make any difference how the disaster occurred, all that matters is you find a local reputable restoration company that can restore your property to pre-disaster condition.

When that time comes, you’re going to be in a situation where you have to make a decision quickly, as you decide what company is going to get your business and handle your restoration.

Keep these points in mind when evaluating a partnership with a restoration company:

Are They Legit?

Keep in mind that not everyone who shows up after a disaster has the best of intentions. Unfortunately, major storms and disaster situations bring scammers to your area who try to rip you off for money when you’re most at risk, deliver nothing and then disappear.

We have been part of the national landscape for over 50 years. You don’t get that kind of longevity without satisfied customers.

National brands like the PGA Tour trust us with their disaster needs. We provide high-quality service to maintain their affiliated facilities.

Can They Act Fast?

When disaster strikes, there’s no time to waste. You have got to reach someone right away so resources can be mobilized and your restoration can begin. Even a small delay can lead to more damage and costs.

That’s why we’re on call 24 hours a day to respond to your emergency situation.

Does They Have Access to National Resources?

SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury is locally owned and operated, which means there’s always a team right here in Cambridge ready to act. But if major storms come and a surge of activity is at hand, your local franchise is supported by the full, coast-to-coast network of SERVPRO franchises.

This means when trouble hits, we’ll be sending in a surge of help and powerful tools to make sure every local homeowner in need gets the service and attention they deserve.

When you call SERVPRO, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits home, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.

With Fall Weather Comes New Fire Dangers | SERVPRO® of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

a small campfire burning bright in the dark night Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of Hyde Park/Roxbury is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.

One nice aspect of living in Boston is that we get to experience all four seasons. And fall is quickly approaching! The official start of the season is Sept. 22 this year.

Fall is a favorite season for campers, leaf-peepers and of course trick-or-treaters. There are lots of fun activities to do during autumn.

But along with the fun comes a few potential fire hazards. So grab a pumpkin spice latte, and let’s look over fire safety tips for the season.

Campfires and Fire Pits

This is the season for campfires and fire pits. But when you’re indulging, be sure to do so safely.

Knowing where and how to build a campfire is as important as knowing how to put it out. Start small with twigs and tinder and then ad larger stick and wood.

Use an extended lighter to start the fire if you have one. If not, consider buying one. Accelerants like kerosene or lighter fluid should be avoided.

Build your fire away from structures and other flammable items. And finally, extinguish your fire completely before leaving your campfire or fire pit.

Slowly douse it with a bucket of water to make sure no embers remain. A slight breeze can restart an ember and possibly cause a fire.

Fall Burning of Yard Debris

This time of year, yards are becoming full of dried leaves and many people like to burn leaves as a method of disposal. Make sure you check with your local Fire Department to obtain a burn permit prior to burning.

Never burn household trash or debris can that can have adverse effects like explosions or the release of toxic fumes.

Safety With Space Heaters

Portable space heaters are one of the most frequent causes of home fires in fall and winter. Following the proper safety precautions with space heaters is important for life and property safety.

Always keep your heater away from flammable objects. Make sure your heater has an automatic shutoff in case the heater turns over or overheats.

Plug any space heater directly into the outlet and avoid extension cords if possible.

If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.

Cleaning and Restoration Solutions for Businesses | SERVPRO® of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee in PPE prepping an area for cleaning Are you ready to have the cleanest business in town? Contact SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury for all your cleaning needs.

SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury has been providing disaster recovery services for our residents for many years. Did you know we also provide restoration from storm damage, fire damage, flood damage and mold remediation for business owners?

That’s right! Besides providing these services for homeowners, we also provide them to commercial enterprises. And the services don’t end there—we also provide commercial cleans.

Many commercial businesses usually have a higher level of cleaning requirements because customers and suppliers use their facilities as well as their employees. Knowing your business has been cleaned at the highest level can give you peace of mind knowing you have provided a clean and sanitized work environment for all that use it.

SERVPRO Custom Business Solutions

Satisfying your customers is your business—ours is making your business sparkle for them. We provide professional cleaning and sanitization services for all types of businesses:

Community grocers, as well as national chain stores, strip malls and other business locations. Facility cleanliness is our mission, whether you’re the mom-and-pop store on the corner or a mega-chain big-box retailer. We provide a superior level of cleanliness to all clients.

Academic institutions including preschool through universities and everything in between. Faculty and student cleaning is inadequate, according to a recent study. It appears that only half of the bacteria is cleared from desks. The number get even worse if items aren’t cleaned daily.

Any healthcare facility, including hospitals, assisted living centers and even hospice centers. Cleanliness in these institutions is critical and must be done properly and often. We can make sure your medical facilities are cleaned above CDC standards.

Bowling alleys, night clubs, recreational facilities and other entertainment venues. Recreational facilities require a high level of cleaning due to the number of people that utilize these facilities. We can make your venue sparkle.

Food service facilities, warehouses and manufacturing facilities. Cleanliness in these facilities is crucial for the safety of their customers. Let us handle the cleaning so you can focus on the food.

Office buildings to high rises, commercial complexes to property management companies. SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda provides the best environmental care and sanitation service for their clients.

Did you know workplaces lose an outrageous $260 billion per year due to the lost productivity that comes from sick days and lost productivity? Let SERVPRO help you turn the tide of workplace germs and ensure a healthy, clean environment for your teams and customers.

When you’re ready to have the cleanest business in town, we’re ready to help. Contact your local SERVPRO to get the pros working on the cleaning so you can work on the work.

SERVPRO - Trust the Process

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

green equipment and drying mat in kitchen Trust SERVPRO during your time of need

SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today -(617) 466-6909

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect: When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

Your name and contact information

Your insurance information (if applicable)

The street address of the water-damaged home or business

When did the flooding or water damage occur?

What caused the water damage (if known)?

Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury

SERVPRO of Jamaica Plain/Roxbury specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property