thermometer hot temperatureWhen the temperatures soar and the humidity reaches oppressive levels in New England, many homeowners retreat inside to the air conditioning. Keep your central air conditioner unit in top shape with routine maintenance to avoid water damage with these tips.

Why do AC units leak?

The most likely culprit of water damage from a central AC unit is condensation. Condensation forms when the unit pulls warm, humid air in for the cooling process. The liquid created by the condensation is directed to the drain pan and then released through a drain pipeline. If this line gets clogged, the water will back up into the house, causing extensive water damage. 

Water Damage Restoration from a Leaking Toilet Supply Line

Before After office floodServiceMaster Dynamic Cleaning was dispatched to a local commercial building that sustained a leak in the building's toilet supply line. A leaking toilet supply line is one of the most common causes of water damage we are called to restore in bathrooms. Our team arrived within 2 hours of the property manager's call for help. Once on location, we began emergency water mitigation services in the affected offices, bathroom, and unfinished basement storage area. Water damage restoration services included extraction of standing water, cleaning and deodorizing carpets, sanitizing structures to prevent mold growth, removal of wet insulation and ceiling tiles and finally set up drying equipment.

Downed Trees, Roof Leaks and Sump Pump Failures Widespread Throughout the Area

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Home and business owners in Massachusetts and Rhode Island welcomed March with multiple back-to-back Nor'easters. The storms brought heavy winds, coastal flooding, and driving rains. Wind gusts up to 80 mph caused downed trees and power outages. Homes with sump pumps that lost power and did not have battery back up systems suffered flooded basements. Many houses also saw damage from trees falling on roofs during the rain and snow storms.

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Homeowners can prevent mold growth through everyday measures. Mold thrives in moist environments such as basement and bathrooms. The most effective way to keep mold from growing in your home is to monitor the humidity level by using a dehumidifier and/or air conditioner during the warm humid months. Additionally, homeowners can control mold growth by using exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms. But what happens when you can't control the moisture caused by a roof leak, appliance failure, or a groundwater flooding? The key is to act quickly to prevent mold growth after a water damage loss. 

Widespread Water Damage From Frozen Pipe Bursts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts

Trucks outside of schoolThe first week of the new year 2018 plunged most of the country into a deep freeze. Every state except for Hawaii saw temperatures below freezing. Massachusetts and Rhode Island saw wind chills as low as -25°! In addition to the wind chills, New England saw 11 consecutive days below freezing, the longest streak in 100 years. These extreme low temperatures contributed to frozen pipe breaks across the region. When water in the pipes freeze, it expands and causes the pipe to burst. Residents were relieved to see temperatures back above freezing the next week. However, any previously frozen water in the burst pipes then began to flow. 

Commercial Property Disaster Preparation

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Is your business prepared for a disaster? According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), 40% of small businesses do not reopen after a disaster. There are simple steps that you can take to make things easier to recover after a fire or water damage loss. Act quickly and follow these preventative tips from the Restoration Industry Association.

Shrewsbury, MA Restaurant Flooded

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ServiceMaster Dynamic Cleaning recently repaired a local Shrewsbury, MA restaurant impacted by water damage from a frozen sprinkler head. The frozen pipe break occurred the weekend of the New Year holiday, one of the busiest times of year for the restaurant. Our team sprung into action to get the owners back in business quickly.