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Fire Pit Safety Tips - Acushnet

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Fire pits are a great way to gather friends and family around in the backyard during the fall months. Putting out graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate is a sure way to have everyone in a good mood. This is why SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough wants to ensure it’s only the marshmallows getting toasted. Here are some quick and simple fire pit safety tips to keep the fire bright and the mood light:

  1. Clear all flammable materials away from your fire pit. Make sure it’s kept 10 feet away from the home or building. 
  2. Pile dirt or rocks to keep the fire on the ground from escaping 
  3. Before lighting your fire, check the wind direction. If it’s too windy, do not light your fire pit as the wind can cause the flames to travel.
  4. Contrary to popular belief, lighting fluid is not safe for light a fire pit. Use a commercial fire starter kit with kindling on top. 
  5. Once the fire pit is lit, never leave it unattended and never leave children or pets near the fire pit without adult supervision.
  6. Avoid softwoods like pine or cedar to prevent flying sparks and flame “pops”
  7. Only put enough fuel to keep the fire burning gently to prevent flare-ups and uncontrollable flames. 
  8. To extinguish the flames, use water to drown out the fire and stir it with a shovel to make sure it’s fully extinguished. Use the shovel to extinguish any escaped flames as well
  9. Dispose of the ashes in a metal can used only for fire pit ash storage. Careful, even after a few days the ashes are still hot enough to cause a fire. 
  10. Accidents happen, even with the correct preventative measures taken. Having a fire extinguisher nearby can greatly reduce the risk of the fire getting out of control. 

Make sure to keep these tips in mind for your summertime fun. If you have any additional questions or were affected by open flames from a fire pit, feel free to call SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough at 508-946-2397. We’re here to help. 

Rainwater Can Cause Major Water Damage - Rochester 02770

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

There's something to be said about enjoying rainstorms, especially when you're home safe and sound. But with heavy rains clogging drains, that can be a potential threat to the integrity of your home or office. 

Drain backups caused by leaves blocking drains and gutters could result in some surprises such as sewer backups. This kind of damage differs from regular water damage since this water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms that can cause serious illnesses and in severe cases, even death. With so many risk factors associated with this type of emergency, the professionals at SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough technicians are trained specifically in dealing with all three categories of contaminated water. Along with training in water damage restoration, we also have the equipment and protective gear to safely restore your home or office. 

With our 24/7 emergency service, we’re available to deal with this kind of situation no matter the time. If rains and drains are resulting in pains, call SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough and we’ll make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Have You Cleaned Your Commercial Air Ducts? - Marion 02738

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

In the rush of day-to-day business operations, it can be easy to let some things slip through the cracks. 

Whether that’s quarterly check-ins with vendors, updating contacts, or emailing that person about that thing from that meeting… Keeping track of everything that needs to be done can be a challenge in and of itself. 

Fortunately, SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough makes things a little easier when it comes to keeping up with the integrity of your building and air quality by offering air duct cleaning services. 

Depending on the use and frequency of your facility, a thorough air duct cleaning is recommended at least once per year. This helps combat allergies, assists your employees by helping them breathe better, and in some cases, it even increases productivity.

While we know your to-do list can seem never-ending, don’t let this one fall through the cracks, regular air-duct cleanings go a long way in ensuring a clean and welcoming office space.

For any questions regarding our air duct cleaning service, call the SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough office at 508-946-2397. 

It's The Water Damage For Me - Lakeville 02347

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Do you know what causes the most damage after a fire?

You’d be surprised to learn that it’s not actually the fire and smoke that causes the most damage, but the water damage that comes from trying to put the fire out. 

While the fire could have been caused by an electrical issue, or while cooking, when the fire is extinguished, the water that was used to put it out is still there; soaking and seeping through the walls and flooring. In the restoration process, this needs to be addressed first. 

When the crews at SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough begin the restoration process after a fire, we always ensure that the structure is completely dried first. This includes setting up specialized air movers, dehumidifiers, and VELOs to speed up the drying process.

Neglecting to properly dry out residential or commercial spaces exposes the building to secondary water damage such as mold growth, the loss of personal items, and structural damage. This can lead to even greater issues down the line like black mold and even replacements of certain parts of the home or office.

When a fire occurs, the most important thing is making sure everyone is out safely and the fire is put out. The next step is to get the water out and completely dry out the space.

Once those critical needs are addressed, we can move forward with restoring your home or office after the damage caused by the fire. This includes cleaning up smoke and soot damage, removing odors, and of course, making it, “Like it never even happened.”

For proper fire and water damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough 508-946-2397. 

Surprise Showers! - Acushnet 02743

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Not all surprises come perfectly wrapped in bows and decorated with tinsel. Some surprises come to us spread out around our kitchen tiles, basement floor, and even above our heads. These surprises splash us with dread, sprinkle us with anxiety, and spritz us with a wake-up call that one of our disaster nightmares is coming true. Those surprises are called water damage

Thankfully, the crew at SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough are well prepared to fight against this homeowner’s foe. With top industry training and certification, no element of surprise can hinder them from making your disaster "Like it never even happened."

While you may be just trying to keep your head above water, you can trust SERVPRO to be there to keep you afloat. Our crew doesn’t sink under pressure, and we’ll guarantee that you don’t either. At the top of industry standards, our water mitigation process will ensure that you can be drifting and cruising through this surprise in no time. In addition, our 24/7/365 response time assures that we’ll be available to respond to your surprise shower no matter the hour.

Whether it’s consistent dampness or steady flow, call SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough to ensure you don’t get carried away in the riptides of water damage. 508-946-2397

Disinfecting Your Home? Read This First - Acushnet 02718

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

cleaning technician wiping down a counter Our disinfection services includes wiping down high touch areas and disinfecting with our CDC and EPA-approved disinfectant SERVPROXIDE.

It’s safe to say this recent pandemic has changed our cleaning behaviors and frequency. Maybe you were a once-a-month deep clean kind of person or you may prefer to “clean as you go” so as not to accumulate much of a mess. 

Regardless of your preference, it’s now more important than ever to clean regularly and thoroughly; and not only clean but disinfect as well. 

As cleaning experts, SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough has been cleaning and disinfecting homes and commercial properties since well before the pandemic. Here are some things we always recommend to make sure you’re home or office stays clean:

  1. Cleaning your home on an on-going basis with regular soap and water will help reduce how much of the virus and other bacteria live on a surface or object. By doing that, you also reduce the risk of exposure. 
  2. When disinfecting your home, make sure you’re using an EPA-approved disinfectant. It’s important to use a disinfectant in addition to routine cleanings. 
  3. If you do not have an EPA-approved disinfectant, you can use an alternative such as mixing ? cup of clean with 1 gallon of room temperature water. Keep in mind: mixing bleach or other cleaning products and disinfection products together is highly dangerous and can cause fumes that canoe very dangerous to breathe in. 

In addition to following these CDC recommended guidelines, make sure to regularly wash your hands, and avoid touching your face. 

At SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough, our crews have been on the frontlines disinfecting homes and offices to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you’d like to learn more about our disinfection services and how we use a proprietary EPA-approved disinfectant, call our office for a free estimate: 508-946-2397.

Your Air Ducts Could be Causing Water Damage - Rochester 02770

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Have you checked your air ducts recently?

With all of the talk about indoor air quality and ventilation, there’s another important aspect we must consider: what exactly is going on in your air ducts?

Aside from the regular HVAC system functioning, there’s no clear way to know what exactly is going on in your system unless you are regularly maintaining it. And now more than ever, it’s important to make sure everything is functioning properly. 

One of the most important things to look for when servicing ducts, aside from any unexpected visitors (i.e. rodents), is the potential for water damage. This is especially important because you don’t want it to lead to mold growth and have mold spores flowing through your ventilation system. 

Water in your ducts accumulates when the draining coils aren’t working properly. When these coils aren’t working, the condensation settles in the ducts. This drainage issue could lead to leaks in your ducts and ceilings, and if not addressed, mold growth. 

By regularly maintaining and cleaning your air ducts, not only can you prevent water damage, but it’s also a great way to ensure that what you’re breathing is clean and quality air. 

For your air duct cleaning and water damage needs, call SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough: (508)946-2397

Here's What You Need in Your Disaster Kit - Lakeville, MA

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

photo of disaster kit items Here are some items to keep in your disaster preparedness kit.

September is disaster preparedness month and we have a saying we live by at SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough that goes: Don’t panic but be prepared. 

We know that some things are unpreventable, but that doesn’t mean we can’t prepare for the unexpected. Being "Ready for whatever happens" includes preparing for the worst but also hoping for the best. Which is why disaster preparedness and response is where we come in. 

As a result of our storm damage experience, we want to equip our communities with key tools so they can also be "Ready for whatever happens" just like we are. 

One way you can also be ready is by having a disaster emergency kit packed for you and members of your household. 

Here are a few things we recommend to include:

  • Water 
  • Food
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle
  • Dust mask
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties
  • Wrench or pliers
  • Manual can opener
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with solar chargers and a backup battery

For additional items to include, visit ready.Gov for great tips to help build a kit.

By preparing for a disaster you position yourself and your loved ones to be a step ahead by thinking clearly and removing the weight of panic off your shoulders. For all your storm damage restoration needs, contact SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough

Three Steps to Take When You Have Water Damage - Lakeville 02347

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Living room flooded with water Water damage can occur anywhere, any time. Call the professionals for quick water restoration

When water damages happen, it’s never at a convenient time. Chances are it’s in the middle of a cold winter night or just after you return from a week-long vacation and suddenly find yourself with 5 inches of water in your basement. 

Before we get into what steps need to be taken once you determine that you have water damage on your hands, the most important thing you can do is call a professional, IICRC certified restoration company such as SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough to restore the damage. 

When you call a professional company, you get professional results. But if you hire subpar, expect subpar work. 

Here are three main steps to take when you notice you have water damage:

1. Shut the main water off. 

This may seem pretty straightforward, but you’d be surprised at how overwhelmed people can get when they noticed flooding in their home or office. To prevent the damage from worsening, locate your main water valve, and shut off the water. 

2.   Call an IICRC Certified restoration company, such as SERVPRO

When dealing with water damages, time is of the essence and we pride ourselves on being faster to any size disaster. 

3.  Don’t try to do-it-yourself. 

As tempting as it may be to try to “fix-it” on your own, it can actually cause even more damage. Avoid opening windows, changing the temperature in the room, or even using a fan to dry up the water. These changes can have the opposite effect of drying the area. If water damage isn’t properly dried it can lead to secondary damage such as mold and rotting. 

While you may not be able to control when water damages occur, you do have a say in what you’ll do about it as well as what company you choose to work with. Regardless of who your insurance company recommends, it’s important to choose a company with a good reputation and one you can trust.

It’s the kind of trust and reputation that SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough has built for over 30 years. By serving our communities when they need it most, whether it’s day or night, we’ve helped countless people regain control of their lives after a disaster. Although we never wish a disaster on anyone, if you have to call someone, we hope you call us: (508)946-2397. We’re Here to Help. 

Welcome Back to Clean - Lakeville 02348

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Our time of isolation and quarantining is coming to an end… well, at least for some businesses as our state begins to move toward reopening. 

As we look forward to a new normal and a period of added precautions to ensure everyone’s safety and well being, one of the many things businesses, employees, and consumers will keep an eye on is what it means to be clean. 

In the past three months, our world has changed its definition of what it means to be clean. There is a new standard set by the CDC and SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough is the leading cleaning and restoration company that is helping our community feel safe as they re-enter into a new normal. 

Not only that, but our disinfection services offer your employees the peace of mind that comes with knowing their workspace is properly disinfected. 

Call SERVPRO of Marion / Middleboro for your free disinfection estimate!