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Minimize Business Loss due to Storm Damage- Lakeville, MA 02347

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Minimize Business Loss due to Storm Damage- Lakeville, MA 02347 Tip: Keep updated photo records of belongings, important documents and items of value for insurance purposes.

With the recent devastation caused by various storms impacting the United States it brings about the question for a lot of business owners what would they do in the event a major storm were to hit our area. What can we do to prepare? How would this affect business financially?

50 percent of businesses that are affected by a disaster do not reopen. Sure insurance covers belongings and structural damage however the main cause of business closures after a disaster is loss of business. Most small business owners rely on the business income as their sole revenue stream. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro has seen this happen time and time again. In an effort to reduce that percentage we developed the Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).

For more information or to schedule an appointment for your complimentary ERP please contact SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro

Benefits to a Clean Workplace- Marion, MA 02738

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Benefits to a Clean Workplace- Marion, MA 02738 Tip: Increase employee morale & customers' confidence by maintaining a safe, clean work environment.

In our career-driven day and age; most people tend to spend as much time at the office as they do at home, if not more. A clean, healthy work environment can impact business in more ways than you may think.


Having a tidy, professional appearance portrayed to customers and business associates, who frequent your business, is probably the most obvious benefit. A clean office space can portray your business as organized, competent and professional upon first impressions. The same way you wouldn’t show up to an important meeting with disheveled clothing on; you would not want your office space to give the impression your business as messy, neglected or chaotic. Even if your work space doesn't have frequent customer traffic a clean commercial space can improve business in many ways.

Here are a few ways routine commercial cleaning by SERVPRO can drive revenue & productivity for your business:

-Healtheir environment- keeping air & surface quality high reduces unanticipated employee ‘sick’ days.

-Improved morale & productivity in employees

-Safer work environment- Avoid and/or reduce: the number workers compensation injuries, spread of viruses and diseases

Call today to schedule your commercial cleaning (508)946-2397

EPA's suggestions for choosing your Duct Cleaning service provider- Acushnet, MA 02743

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services EPA's suggestions for choosing your Duct Cleaning service provider- Acushnet, MA 02743 Tip: Avoid companies who advertise unrealistic duct cleaning prices.

Information provided by the EPA.gov website

Do not hire duct cleaners who make sweeping claims about the health benefits of duct cleaning — such claims are unsubstantiated. Do not hire duct cleaners who recommend duct cleaning as a routine part of your heating and cooling system maintenance. You should also be wary of duct cleaners who claim to be certified by EPA. Note: EPA neither establishes duct cleaning standards nor certifies, endorses, or approves duct cleaning companies.

 

Check references to be sure other customers were satisfied and did not experience any problems with their heating and cooling system after cleaning.

 

Contact your county or city office of consumer affairs or local Better Business Bureau to determine if complaints have been lodged against any of the companies you are considering.

 

Interview potential service providers to ensure:

  • they are experienced in duct cleaning and have worked on systems like yours;
  • they will use procedures to protect you, your pets and your home from contamination; and
  • they comply with NADCA's air duct cleaning standards and, if your ducts are constructed of fiber glass duct board or insulated internally with fiber glass duct liner, with the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association's (NAIMA)recommendations.
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    Ask the service provider whether they hold any relevant state licenses. As of 1996, the following states require air duct cleaners to hold special licenses: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and Texas. Other states may require them as well.

     

    If the service provider charges by the hour, request an estimate of the number of hours or days the job will take, and find out whether there will be interruptions in the work. Make sure the duct cleaner you choose will provide a written agreement outlining the total cost and scope of the job before work begins.

    At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro we are confident we will meet & exceed your expectations! Please contact us directly (508)946-2397 to schedule your duct cleaning! 

    The three types of contaminated water- New Bedford, MA 02745

    11/10/2017 (Permalink)

    Biohazard The three types of contaminated water- New Bedford, MA 02745 Tip: Do not attempt to clean up anything other than clean water, on your own.

    Category 1: "Clean Water"

    This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

    • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
    • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

    Category 2: "Gray Water"

    This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

    • May contain bacteria and viruses
    • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

    Category 3: "Black Water"

    This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

    • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
    • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

    SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro is here to help with the cleanup and disinfecting of all categories of water. Call us today to schedule a free on-site estimate (508)946-2397

    MA Insurance Agents CE Courses - Middleboro, MA 02346

    11/10/2017 (Permalink)

    Community MA Insurance Agents CE Courses - Middleboro, MA 02346 Tip: If the free course isn't enough; the food is great!

    Below are the Continuing Education Requirements for Massachusetts Insurance Agents. This information is provided by the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents:

    “A newly licensed insurance producer must complete 60 hours of continuing education credits prior to their initial license renewal date; otherwise a licensed producer must complete 45 such credit hours during the 36-month period prior to license renewal.

    As of 9/17/14, Insurance producers must complete an approved 3 hour ethics program for each renewal cycle. This new requirement does not increase the overall number of CE hours an insurance producer must complete, it only requires that ethics training make up at least 3 hours of the total CE earned.

    If you do not comply with the continuing education law, the Division of Insurance may suspend your license pending completion of your CE requirement and/or you may be subject to a civil fine of not less than $20.00 nor more than $100.00 for each hour of instruction you fail to complete.”

    At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro we understand the importance of continuing education; we also understand that costs to maintain credits can add up quickly. We strive to offer our neighboring agents the opportunity to attend one of our complimentary CE courses. It is our goal to provide agents with 2-3 annual courses, helping with costs and ensuring there are local course options, here in the Southcoast. Breakfast & lunch are also provided.

    Like us on Facebook to follow our event calendar or call our office directly (508)946-2397 to find out when our next complimentary course is being offered.

    50% of Businesses Never Reopen! Middleboro, MA 02346

    11/8/2017 (Permalink)

    Commercial 50% of Businesses Never Reopen! Middleboro, MA 02346 Tip: Precautionary & preventative actions are vital to keeping a business open after a disaster.

    According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): “Almost 50 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster because just a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. During the 5 year period of 2006-2010, the average commercial flood claim had amounted to just over $85,000.” With the raise in construction and residential and commercial building prices on the rise, we can suppose that that figure has only increased over the last 7 years.

    While commercial property insurance may cover your structure and belongings, depending on your policy endorsements, loss of business revenue can be a major factor for whether or not your business survives. Regardless of annual income; an unexpected halt in revenue accompanied by a slow claims process, can affect businesses of all sizes. Whether your business generates hundreds of dollars, or hundreds of thousands, per day; minimizing damage quickly can potentially save your business.

    To learn more about ways you can prepare your business please visit our Emergency Response Profile section or contact SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro to schedule your complimentary ERP today!

    Storm Preparation- Mattapoisett, MA 02739

    11/8/2017 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage Storm Preparation- Mattapoisett, MA 02739 Tip: Keep flashlights and battery/crank operated radio conveniently located where easily accessible for emergencies.

    Storms can lead to an array of types of damage caused to your home, business, and rental properties.

    The overwhelming precipitation, wind speeds, airborne debris can expose weak points in construction such as poorly maintained gutters & downspouts. The redirection of water off and away from your roof can help prevent roof leaks caused by pressure and/or accumulated water finding the path of least resistance into your home. Having downspout output spouts well connected and directing the water away from your structures foundation is also a very important as an already overwhelmed groundwater level around your home.

    Checking to make sure that your sump pump is working properly is another great precaution before a storm. Sump pumps can often become unplugged by various tradesmen working in your basement looking for an electrical source to plug their equipment in. Become clogged with debris and animals over time and of course can have mechanical issues. A quick test of the sump pump in anticipation of heavy rains can prevent long on-hold times with the manufacturer and the anxiety of trying to prevent a water loss while time is limited.

    Of course with heavier storms, it is always a good idea to have some plywood on hand to board up windows in preparation or as need. Flying debris during heavy winds can easily shatter windows, exposing your home to outside elements.

    These are just a few tips for home and business owners, if you would like more helpful tips please visit our storm damage section or for help with storm damage cleanup call us directly (508)946-2397!

    Ways to try to prevent mold growth - Freetown, MA 02717

    11/8/2017 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation Ways to try to prevent mold growth - Freetown, MA 02717 Tip: Attempting to remove or clean mold spores on your own can actually make matters worse, spreading the airborne spores to other areas of your home.

    When people hear the word mold, they automatically have a negative reaction to it, but did you know mold is everywhere? It’s in the air we breathe, and on many surfaces. Not all molds are harmful, and in fact, some molds have found their way into our homes willingly, such as penicillin and in blue cheeses.

    Mold can however, affect people in different ways. The following is a list of tips for mold prevention:

    • Keep humidity levels as low as you can – no higher than 50% - all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low.
    • Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperatures, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once an day.
    • Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom.
    • Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
    • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
    • Contact SERVPRO Dartmouth/New Bedford immediately to clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly after flooding.
    • Add mold inhibitors to paints before painting.
    • Clean bathrooms with mold-killing products.
    • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly.
    • Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.

    For help with Mold issues call our office (508)946-2397 for a free on-site estimate!

    The Aftermath of Rogue Tenants- Middleboro, MA 02346

    11/6/2017 (Permalink)

    Biohazard The Aftermath of Rogue Tenants- Middleboro, MA 02346 Tip: Compile a detailed tenancy agreement and inventory at the beginning of the tenancy. These documents are incredibly important if you find yourself

    If you are a landlord or property manager you understand the importance of the tenant screening process. Unfortunately, there is only so much information you can gather before renting your property to tenants. So what do you do when a previous tenant has left your property in ruin?

    We have all seen, in one way or another, the aftermath of a rogue tenant who decides to take hammers and spray paint to the walls, leave mounds of trash and personal belongings, or even have an infestation of sorts that they leave for their landlord to clean up.Whether it is caused by intentional destruction or the tenants neglectfulness on issues that would have been minor if addressed immediately but have grown into much larger issues now, restoring your property back to inhabitable conditions can be quite the daunting task for any property owner.

    Most property managers do not have the time or desire to take on such a project. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro is equipped and trained to handle every aspect of the cleanup and restoration. Saving homeowners valuable time and money. Call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro when you want to make it "Like it never even happened."

    Hoarding Hazards- Rochester, MA 02770

    11/6/2017 (Permalink)

    Biohazard Hoarding Hazards- Rochester, MA 02770 Tip: For Emergency Hoarder Clean-out Services call (508)946-2397 today to schedule!

    Hoarding disorder can affect our friends and family. When it does, it can be an extremely difficult task to help them cope with letting go of items they have collected over the years. At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro our employees are trained in highly sensitive situations. From office staff to our cleaning crews we understand the situation can be highly sensitive.

    Living with a hoarding disorder can become extremely dangerous; posing risk to fires, contamination, infestation and much more. We understand that when the decision has been made to call a company like ourselves that there is great deal of distress to the homeowner and/or family members involved. We will remove all belongings, discard or store depending on the customers’ requests and clean and sanitize the rooms requested in order to make it “Like it never even happened.”

    Massachusetts Hoarding Resource Directory

    Call us today to schedule our team of hoarder clean-out specialists (508)946-2397