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Beware of Storm Chasers - Rochester 02777

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Tornado approaching Storms aren't the only things that bring damage. Be wary of storm chasers that can cause more harm than good!

Ever notice that after a major storm a bunch of construction companies pop up that you’ve never heard of with addresses and locations that are anything but local?

Maybe you never noticed them because you’ve never needed them until recent storms damaged your house, or you were never looking so you didn’t find it. As likely as that can be, we caution against using construction and repair companies outside of your local area. The reason is, we’ve found that many of these “companies” pack up their gear and head to where the most recent storm was and prey on vulnerable families that need repairs. After the repairs are done, they pack up and move to the next storm-shattered city, leaving you to fend for yourself in case anything goes awry after the repair. 

While the prices may be enticing, and the promise of getting it done quickly appealing, the cons outweigh the pros. Always go with a local and reputable company when choosing to do repairs on your house. Whether that’s gathering information from others who’ve used the company in question in the past or doing your research online. 

When it comes to disasters, you want to choose the best. Which is why SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough is here to help. Not only are we a locally owned and operated franchise, made up of employees and members in your local community, we also have other regional franchises at our disposal, should your restoration and clean-up be bigger than anticipated. We’re dedicated to making your disaster, “Like it never even happened.” 

Our advice when it comes to storms and disaster restoration? Choose wisely. Choose local. 

Preparing for Ice Storms - Lakeville 02347

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Preparing for an Ice storm

The ice from ice storms can accumulate on branches, electrical wires, and other structures.  If you need to go outside after ice has accumulated, pay attention to branches or wires that can collapse under the ice that has been accumulated.  Stay on guard because large chunks of ice can fall from roofs.

Never touch electrical wires.  A hanging wire can still be live with current and can electrocute you.  Keep in mind that ice, branches, and electrical wires can continue to fall several hours after the precipitation ends.

Remember that freezing rain, even in small quantities, can make roads very slippery.  It is a good idea to avoid driving during freezing rain and for several hours after the storm, to allow maintenance teams time to spread sand and salt on the icy roads.

The quick onset of an ice storm, coupled with the risk of a blizzard increased the possibility of extreme hypothermia.  If you have a farm, quickly shelter your animals and make sure to supply them with food.  Often, during an ice storm and immediately after, feed is temporarily inaccessible.  Animals’ reactions are similar during an ice storm and blizzards.

With a forecast threatening more freezing rain, and with two months of winter left to go, it's a good idea to prepare both your home and family for whatever may arise.

The following winter storm home-preparation suggestions may be helpful:

  • Make sure flashlights and battery-powered radios are working, and keep extra batteries, candles, and matches on hand.
  • Unplug sensitive appliances such as TV, VCR, computer, and microwave. If the power goes off, turn off all major electrical appliances.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. If you lose power, frozen food will generally keep for 48 hours. Discard perishable food that has been at 40 degrees for more than two hours. Odor or appearance is not an indicator that food is safe. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • If you use an emergency-heating source such as a wood stove, kerosene heater or fireplace, keep fuels away from the flames and ventilate properly. Never leave a fire unattended.
  • If it seems likely that your home will be without heat for several days, drain your water pipes.

If you use a generator, read all the instructions that accompany it and be aware of the hazards that come with misuse. Use a qualified electrician to connect a generator to the house wiring. Never run a gasoline-powered generator in the house-the fumes are deadly.

Since there is no way to prevent nature's winter storms, being prepared is your best defense:

  • Create a family disaster plan and practice it regularly.
  • Learn and teach others in your family how to turn off electricity, gas, and water.
  • Store extra blankets and warm clothes where you can find them easily. Layer winter clothing to trap body heat.
  • Keep emergency telephone numbers with you.
  • Have a first aid kit on hand.
  • Stock up on drinking water and canned or dried foods. Be sure to include a non-electric can opener with your supplies.
  • Have at least a week's supply of prescription medications on hand.
  • Fill your car with gasoline.
  • Have cash available.

Even when the winter storm is over, keep a disaster supply kit assembled and replace food, water, and other time-sensitive items twice a year. Remember to replenish your kits when the clocks are reset in spring and fall. For other ways SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough can help you when you need it most, call us directly at 508-946-2397

Don't be Turkey This Thanksgiving! - Lakeville 02348

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

They say you are what you eat so that may be difficult but do your best. With November upon us, the holidays will be here before we know it. While signature dishes are a staple at every family holiday gathering; we would like to take the time to address the dangers of deep-frying a turkey.

With a minimal amount of preparation, there are a few simple precautionary steps that you can take in order to keep your home and family safe while still impressing the socks off your in-laws.

Safety Tips for Deep Frying a Turkey

1. Be sure to place your turkey fryer on a solid, even ground a safe distance away from any flammable objects. They are known to tip easily; spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.

2. Be sure to take into consideration the size of the turkey when filling the cooking oil. An overfilled fryer will displace hot oil when the turkey is placed into the fryer.

3. Due to a change in temperature, a partially frozen turkey when being placed in the fryer will cause cooking oil to splatter, be sure to thaw properly.

4. Be sure to wear heatproof gloves when handling the pot, lid or turkey in any way as the fryer surfaces can become dangerously hot.

5. Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can easily overheat and start fires, even the slightest amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a very large fire.

6. Most importantly, always use turkey fryers indoors or on wooden surfaces.

If you decide to be a turkey and blatantly disregard these tips, you may end up causing damage to your property. If that's the case SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough will be here to help. We would much rather have to enjoy your dinner with your family and friends, however. We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season. 

Wind & Fire - Marion 02738

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

The only thing worse than your home catching on fire is when your neighbors home catches on fire.

Aside from the devastating loss they suffer, you could also be at risk for the fire to blow over to your home. Depending on the night and the force of the fire, it can affect your property as well. 

While, as homeowners, we do our best to prevent disasters from occurring and take the necessary safety precautions to keep bad things from happening. However, there are two things we can’t control: the wind, and our neighbors. 

The wind goes where it pleases, and takes whatever it pleases with it. From leaves to embers, the wind can be our friend on hot days when it comes in the form of a slight breeze. Or it can be your greatest fear when it carries flames over to your property. As scary as it may be to see the worst come to play, and as helpless as you may feel, there is still hope for the recovery. 

At SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough, we understand that disasters happen, and that’ why we’re here to help. If the winds don’t blow in your favor, we’re here to help you redirect your sails of disaster restoration. Give us a call at 508-946-2387 for a free estimate.

Four Interesting Causes of Home Fires - Lakeville 02347

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has stated that heating equipment is a top cause of home fires and home fire deaths, especially in the winter. If you use a portable space heater to add extra warmth to a room, curl up in front of a fireplace, wood or pellet stove on a snowy afternoon, many obligations come with using household heating equipment. Realizing the dangers can help keep your home safe from fires caused by heating equipment.

Recognizing the Causes:

Most heating fires can be stopped if you know the risks and causes. 

Here are a few common causes for heating-related home fires:

  • Failure to clean wood-burning devices
  • Poor clearance around space heaters
  • Defects in the construction, design, or installation of wood-burning heating equipment
  • Incorrect heater refueling

We here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro hope you are safe and warm this season.

Four Interesting Causes of Home Fires - Lakeville 02347

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has stated that heating equipment is a top cause of home fires and home fire deaths, especially in the winter. If you use a portable space heater to add extra warmth to a room, curl up in front of a fireplace, wood or pellet stove on a snowy afternoon, many obligations come with using household heating equipment. Realizing the dangers can help keep your home safe from fires caused by heating equipment.

Recognizing the Causes:

Most heating fires can be stopped if you know the risks and causes. 

Here are a few common causes for heating-related home fires:

  • Failure to clean wood-burning devices
  • Poor clearance around space heaters
  • Defects in the construction, design, or installation of wood-burning heating equipment
  • Incorrect heater refueling

We here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro hope you are safe and warm this season.

How We Mitigate Water Damage - Marion 02738

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Ever wonder how we make your home or office's water damage disaster, "Like it never even happened."? Here are the steps we take to ensure your environment is dry:

  • Before anything is done, make sure to shut off any power around the area, including electricity and gas.
  • While standing around the flooded area, for your protection wear boots and gloves. Depending on the amount of water, you can use a sump pump, a pool pump, a wet/dry vacuum or a mop and bucket.  
  • When most of the water has been extracted, soak up the lingering water with a cloth or sponges. 
  • Move out damaged items to a dry area for at least 48 hours.
  • If there is wet carpeting it can prevent the underlying floor from drying if it’s not removed quickly. Although it can be difficult to sufficiently dry out these materials, sometimes wet carpeting can be saved. If the carpet isn’t dried properly, it can become moldy.
  • Give the basement several days of drying time and opening windows and doors will help get as much ventilation in the area. It’s crucial to place fans around the room for air circulation and a dehumidifier for the moisture in the air.

If You Have Questions or Need Help, 
Call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro (508)999-2380



Is Your Heating Source Safe? - Mattapoisett 02739

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

Regardless of the time of the year, there are many safety concerns that are seasonal, specifically those that involve keeping your home warm. Here are a few tips to help ensure your safety no matter which heating device you may use. 

  • Annually your central heating system should be cleaned, inspected and serviced by a certified HVAC (heating, venting, and air conditioning) contractor prior to using it.

  • If your source of heat is a fireplace you should get your chimney inspected annually to make sure it’s safe to use

  • Space heaters are a conveniently sized source but it’s crucial that they’re placed with at least 3-feet away from furniture or drapery.

Here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough, we hope you and your family continue to stay safe and we hope these tips help you to do so! 

Air Conditioners Can Cause Mold - Middleborough 02344

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

Past water damages, poor ventilation, and condensation are just a few opportunities for mold to grow and appear. Even though the cooler weather is approaching, there are a few ways you can help avoid mold production. For instance, before putting your window air conditioner away for the season be sure to check your AC condensation drain pan underneath the indoor air handler. It’s normal for it to be slightly wet, but still-water may indicate there is a clogged line. Stagnant water inside the pan can become a source of mold during the off months. To clear any clogs you will want to hire an HVAC professional to handle the precaution.

Another event for mold occurrence stems from high humidity levels and condensation. Acting quickly on leaks is crucial and using the appropriate equipment such as fans and dehumidifiers will cause the moisture in the air to dissipate.

Here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough, we know it’s not always possible to intercept mold, so we are happy to provide you with a free estimate should one be necessary.

Do You Have a Plan in Place? We can Help! Marion 02739

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

Business owners, do you have a plan in place in the event of a disaster?

We often see how easy it is to get so caught up with running a business that many business owners forego an emergency plan because they are “too busy.” And while disasters and daily operations don’t usually mix, if the former happens, it usually interrupts the latter as well.

However, that doesn’t always have to be the case. By having an Emergency Ready Profile in place, you can make sure a potential business interruption is just a hiccup in daily operations. 

While 50% of businesses never recover after a disaster, our ERPs help to navigate these kinds of events without the frantic stress of finding key contacts and shut off valve locations by compiling this information beforehand and putting it all in one place. Whether that’s a binder or on our Emergency Profile app. You can find all the information you need with a quick turn of a page or a scroll on the screen. 

Don’t wait until its too late to put a plan in place. Contact SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough today to schedule your FREE Emergency Ready Profile.