Characteristics of Alternaria- Marion, MA 02738
Alternaria is a residence.
Plant mold but easily enters home
Commonly found in soil, plants or other vegetation.
Black color & velvet or fuzzy in nature
Exposure in the home caused by spores entering from an outdoor source (plants, flowers, dirt) often tracked in from shoes
Growth peaks from Spring to Fall
Can cause rhinitis, provoke issues with those who suffer from mold allergies & is a known risk for asthma
Thrives in dry, windy conditions as well as wet conditions
Growth in windy conditions can easily transport spores into the home through open doors & windows
Grows in damp areas of the home, under sinks is common
Often found after water damage or flooding, in showers or window frames.
Black Mold/Stachybotrys - E.Freetown, MA 02717
We can make it "Like it never even happened"
Stachybotrys is more commonly referred to as 'Black Mold' here are some identifying characteristics
Prone to indoor growth
Typically dark brown to black in color
Looks: slimmy, sooty or like grayish white strands
Many other mold types can look similar
Needs moisture, nutrient source, temperature & time
Standing water or 90% or higher relative humidity for germination or growth to begin
However, growth can continue even if surface water dries and relative humidity drops to 70%
Thrives on natural materials (ceiling tiles, drywall, wallpaper, etc)
Tends to develop after 1 to 2 weeks vs 1 to 2 days with other molds.
If you find mold in your home or business SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro can help. Call us today (508)946-2397 for a free on-site estimate
Winter Weather Worry - Melted Snow - Middleboro, MA 02346
A good tool to use when calculating melted snow amounts.
Snow to Rain Ratio
Ever wonder what how much rain or water forms an inch of snow? When the snow melts, and streets and basements flood and ice dams allow back-flow of water into your home, you may be asking yourself just that. Depending on the density of the snow it can range from 10-15” equals 1” of water. The simplest way to remember this is that 1 foot of snow equals 1 inch of water. Density is dependent on the outside temperature. Typically the warmer the weather the lighter the snowflakes and the less moisture they contain. The ratio is not one fixed rate however weather forecasters and similar occupations use this as a baseline estimation.
So as all this snow, that southeastern Massachusetts has recently experienced, melts we advise all of our friends and neighbors to keep a keen eye on your roofs and basements. The frozen ground easily becomes overwhelmed with massive amount of snow we still have and if temperatures continue to rise steadily we will see influx of water with nowhere to go flooding homes and businesses.
If you experience any water damage issues call (508)946-2397 for a free on-site estimate to restore your building "Like it never even happened."
Ice Dams, another Winter Weather Worry- Assonet, MA 02702
How a Ice dam forms
Here in New England, winter weather can result in more issues than icy roads and snow removal. Temperatures here are known to consistently drop well below the 32 degree freezing point. This drop in temperature increases your risk for major disasters to occur at your residential or commercial property. There are two major winter weather disasters that SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro encounters far too often during these frigid frozen temperatures.
The first and probably most commonly known: Frozen Burst Pipes, typically caused by an extended or extreme freeze the ruptured pipe may burst at the site of the ice blockage however it is typically caused by the backflow pressure created between the water source and the blockage.
Ice dams are another winter weather worry that we have frequent calls about during times of heavy snow and extreme cold. Ice dams occur when snow accumulation on a roof is heated by warm air exiting the home or business through the roof. The warm air melts a portion of the snow and the gutters build up with ice creating a dam for any additional melted to snow. When the water has nowhere to go it can back-flow under the roofs shingles and into the building’s interior. This can cause minimal to excessive water damage.
To learn more about SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough's water restoration process and how we can help make it 'Like it never even happened." visit our website.
Government Facilities need to stay open... Lakeville, MA 02347
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals responded quickly following the Pentagon's 9/11 attacks, fully completing the restoration process in just 90 days.
Even when they need to be cleaned or restored.
When disaster strikes a government facility, SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro answers the call quickly to assess the damage and start mitigation procedures, helping to ensure minimum service interruption and lower recovery costs. Our team of professionals respond to disaster situations with the right personal and equipment to provide timely mitigation- the key to controlling damage, lowering recovery costs and minimizing interruption to the public and employees. From large disasters to those special cleaning needs that exceed the capabilities of a facility’s janitorial service, SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro is committed to timely response and total customer service.
The Pentagon: A Case Study
Following the events of September 11, 2001, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals were called upon to assist with the cleanup and restoration of the pentagon. In spite of the emotions and difficulties involved in the restoration effort, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals dried nearly 300,000 square feet in addition to providing fire, soot and smoke cleanup and restoration services. Upon completion of the drying assignment, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provided mold remediation services in other sections of the facility. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals met the challenge and completed the process in just 90 days
SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro is ready to respond to your emergency call 24/7/365 to get your facility to be "Like it never even happened." Call us today for your Free On-site Estimate (508)946-2397
Preventing Frozen and Burst Water Pipes- Marion, MA
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Preventing Frozen and Burst Water Pipes- Marion, MA
Did you know, in just one day, 250 gallons of water can be discharged from a pipe crack as small as 1/8 inch. So, it's imperative to be proactive and take action to protect your home. Drastic drops in winter temperatures can cause extensive water damage as pipes begin to freeze and burst, causing damage to walls, ceilings, floors, carpets, furniture and other possessions. Even a small crack in your water pipe can leak enough water to flood your home.
What to do Right Away to Prevent Water Damage from Frozen Pipes
Before extreme weather strikes, preparation is key to prevent water damage before it occurs. When temperatures dip, take these immediate steps to prevent water damage:
- Open kitchen & bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around water pipes. Insulate pipes when possible.
- Open water taps throughout the house to allow water to drip and to keep water pipes from freezing.
- When going out of town, keep thermostat at a minimum of 55 degrees and ask a trusted neighbor or friend to watch your home for possible leaks. Also, turn your water off and drain water supply lines.
Keep in mind that homeowners’ insurance are more likely to pay your water damage claim if you can show that you've done your due diligence and maintained your property in a reasonable manner.
Prevent Frozen Pipes from Bursting
When pipes freeze in sub-zero weather and then thaw out as temperatures rise, frozen pipes tend to crack and burst, which causes water leaks and flooding. If you discover a frozen pipe in your home, you can still prevent it from bursting and causing water damage.
- Turn off the main water supply.
- Turn and leave your water taps on.
- Remove any valuables and household possessions from the area that might be exposed to water damage if the frozen pipe bursts.
- Gradually thaw out the ice in the frozen pipe by melting it with a heat pack. Begin applying heat at the area that is closest to the tap and slowly move further away towards the rest of the frozen pipe.
Call SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro When Frozen Pipes Burst
If you are faced with an emergency water damage situation in your home or business property, give SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro a call at 508-946-2387. When dealing with water damage emergencies, immediate attention to the situation will minimize damage and prevent further loss. For an immediate remedy to any frozen pipe situation, contact us immediately.
Holiday Travel Tips- New Bedford, MA 02745
Many people choose to travel during the holidays by automobile, with the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation. In 2013, 343 people died on New Year's Day, 360 on Thanksgiving Day and 88 on Christmas Day, according to Injury Facts 2015. Alcohol-impaired fatalities represented 31% of the totals.
- Use a designated driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday party; alcohol, over-the-counter or illegal drugs all cause impairment
- Make sure every person in the vehicle is properly buckled up no matter how long or short the distance being traveled
- Put that cell phone away; distracted driving causes one-quarter of all crashes
- Properly maintain the vehicle and keep an emergency kit with you
- Be prepared for heavy traffic, and possibly heavy snow
- Keep a blanket, flashlight, water and some non-perishable food in your vehicle in case you become stranded.
- Print-out directions as back-up to your navigation. Service & software outages happen.
- Give yourself ample time to travel. Unexpected weather conditions can hinder drive time as well as all other means of transportation.
Remember, when guests are staying in your home, make sure areas have night lights or easy-to-reach lamps in case they need to get up during the night. And, whether you are visiting someone else's home or you have guests in your home, make sure all medications are kept up and away and out of sight from young children.
These Holiday Safety Tips were provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission; in an effort to help everyone have a healthy & safe holiday season! From all of us at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!
Importance of carpet cleaning- Freetown, MA 02717
Tip:The average cost of new carpet & pad is $30-$40 per square yard, plus installation. Our average cost to clean & restore is about 35 cents/sq.ft.
Why is it important to shampoo your carpets periodically? Accumulated dirt, when left untreated, can lead to limiting the life of your carpet. If routine cleanings of the carpet are not performed dust mites and bacteria can cause health hazards. Staining is more likely to become permanent. Timely deep-cleaning is crucial to the ability to remove the stain before the soils fall deeper into carpet fibers and dries. Unsightly dirt buildup and stains in your business can have a negative impact of customers, leading them to subconsciously associate your business as being neglectful, unorganized and potentially not the right company for them to do business with.
According to Home Advisor, the average cost of new carpet & pad is $30-$40 per square yard, plus installation. Our average cost to clean & restore your existing carpets is about 35 cents/sq.ft. Imagine the savings, of prolonging the look and cleanliness with a carpet cleaning, compared to replacement costs.
At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro We have specially formulated cleaning products developed by our scientists/chemists. If there is any stain we have not encountered we have access to the expertise of those who formulated our cleaning products for advice. All of our carpet cleaning technicians are IICRC trained and certified.
Call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro today for your free carpet cleaning estimate! (508)946-2397
Don't Give the Gift of Food Poisoning - Lakeville, MA 02347
In the case of an emergency call the Poison Control Hotline (800)222-1222
1 in 6 people are affected by Food Poisoning annually
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services does a wonderful job educating us with safety and wellness tips year-round. Here are some of their tips to help you prevent unexpected trips to the ER this holiday season:
- Do not rinse raw meat and poultry before cooking
- Use a food thermometer to make sure meat is cooked to a safe temperature
- Refrigerate food within two hours
- Thanksgiving leftovers are safe for four days in the refrigerator
- Bring sauces, soups and gravies to a rolling boil when reheating
- When storing turkey, cut the leftovers in small pieces so they will chill quickly
- Wash your hands frequently when handling food
In the case of an emergency call the Poison Control Hotline (800)222-1222
All of us here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro wish you & yours a Very Happy & Healthy Holiday!!
Candles and Fireplace Safety - Middleboro, MA 02346
Check out our full blog series of Holiday Safety Tips!
Thousands of deaths are caused by fires, burns and other fire-related injuries every year, and 12% of home candle fires occur in December, the National Fire Protection Association reports. Increased use of candles and fireplaces, combined with an increase in the amount of combustible, seasonal decorations present in many homes means more risk for fire.
- Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle
- Keep candles out of reach of children
- Make sure candles are on stable surfaces
- Don't burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items
- Don't burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace
- Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year
We here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro wish everyone a very safe & happy holiday season. Thank you to the Consumer Product Safety Commission for these helpful tips to do so!