Blog

Welcome to the Puritan Restoration Blog. Below are some quick links to some of the informative blog articles that we have written over the years. The goal of these articles is to inform you about various procedures, equipment, threats, and situations you might encounter that we feel are beneficial for you to know.

Flood Damage? Qualify Your Vendor

Flood Damage? Qualify Your Vendor

Flood damage restoration has come a long way since 1982 when I started in the Water Damage Restoration field. Back then, the majority of the restoration companies were really just "wet carpet drying services”. These companies did not concern themselves with the...

A Hard Wall To Dry

A Hard Wall To Dry

We were called to a local condominium after a flooding incident. Workers, working in a second-floor unit during a bathroom remodeling job, broke a pipe causing the water to cascade down to the floor below. During our inspection, we found wet carpeting and walls....

How to Dry out a Phone

How to Dry out a Phone

We at Puritan Flood Restoration specialize in drying out commercial and residential properties. Inevitably, we come across questions about how to dry out a cell phone. Here are some tips about how to save your phone and not break the bank. Let’s say you or a friend...

Containment at a water damage loss

Containment at a water damage loss

Containment can be critical in reducing drying time. In a recent job at a self-insured Boston-area high tech firm, a water pipe burst in an adjacent room causing minor flooding...

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Moisture Meter?

Moisture Meter?

Since my brother and I started our water damage restoration firm in 1982, we have dried over three thousand homes.  Practically every job we have had, we would always hear the...

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Air Movers

Air Movers

Blowers, also known as Air Movers, Fans, or Carpet Dryers is a tool used as part of a drying process by Water Damage Technicians to dry out homes or businesses after they've been...

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What is a Dehumidifier

What is a Dehumidifier

A Dehumidifier is a piece of equipment used to reduce humidity in an enclosed structure. Dehumidifiers promote faster drying, prevent humidity damage, and help prevent indoor air...

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What you should do after the Flood

What you should do after the Flood

Walking downstairs into your basement after a long day at work only to see, water flooding that new carpet you had just installed last week, or that ceiling in your living room...

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My Thermostat-Should I turn it down?

My Thermostat-Should I turn it down?

Today I received a call that a pipe had burst in a Condominium in Newton, Ma. When I arrived, I found that the owners of the Condominium had left for Florida for the winter. I am...

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Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Preparedness

For those of us living in Boston Massachusetts, hurricane preparedness has not really been much of an issue in our lifetime.  The last great hurricane that struck the northeast...

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How to Dry Wood Floors

How to Dry Wood Floors

Contrary to popular belief, if a flood happens in a home or office where there is wood flooring, there is a way to dry the floor and preserve it without removal. This is done...

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Water Damaged Engineered Wood Floor

Water Damaged Engineered Wood Floor

Engineered flooring is getting more pervasive in new homes and amongst remodelers today. The reason being, it’s easy to install, and prefinished. Therefore sanding is not needed...

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Carpet Drying

Carpet Drying

When carpet drying, water extraction is the most important part of the drying process because it removes most of the water from the carpet. Once the extraction is done there is...

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Drying a wet carpet

Drying a wet carpet

In the aftermath of a flood, before drying a wet carpet and pad, a Water Damage Technician first must determine if the wet carpet is salvageable. Once the Technician acknowledges...

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Water Damage Carpet

Water Damage Carpet

Wet concrete, how dry should it be? This is an area that is still a little controversial. After water damage has occurred in a home or building, in addition to the walls and...

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Wet Concrete

Wet Concrete

Wet concrete, how dry should it be? This is an area that is still a little controversial. After water damage has occurred in a home or building, in addition to the walls and...

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Toilet Backup

Toilet Backup

Why does a toilet backup happen? In a 1994 survey of 79 members of the Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies, 65 percent of the respondents reported it was because of wet...

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Frozen Pipes

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes seem to be almost a daily occurrence during these cold winter spells in New England. For instance, yesterday I was contacted by a homeowner living in all places,...

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Is Mold Dangerous in My Home

Is Mold Dangerous in My Home

Mold grows in places with a lot of moisture. For example, mold can be found around leaks in roofs, windows, pipes, and where there has been flooding. Mold also grows well on...

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Health Risks of Mold

Health Risks of Mold

Mold produces allergens, irritants, and toxic substances. In a lot of cases, inhaling or touching mold has been known to cause allergic reactions. Mold exposure can irritate an...

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What is Black Mold?

What is Black Mold?

Black mold is a name commonly used for Stachybotrys chartarum. This is one of the most common forms of mold people are aware of. You probably have found yourself hearing about...

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