Check Your Sprinklers!
Experts recommend different inspecting and testing techniques of sprinklers from quarterly to semi-annually to annually and beyond. This is all to ensure that your first line of defense against a fire is in working condition to keep your building and its occupants safe. While these scheduled tests and inspections are usually enough to solidify that the sprinklers work, sometimes sprinklers have a mind of their own. By that we mean, every now and then, they go off to prove that they work — consequently creating some indoor showers, and with it, water damage.
It wouldn’t be the first time we were called in to a surprise shower. From furniture stores, to hospitals, our techs have seen how a slight bump on a sprinkler head can make them to go off and cause a water damage. So while sprinklers are great to fight fires, they can also cause pains and extensive clean up.
Make sure when you inspect and check your sprinklers, you do so with great care. And if anything happens, SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough is here to help take the headaches away.
Beware of Basement Flooding
Basement flooding can cause a major headache, especially if you use your basement as a storage area or an additional living space.
The first line of defense to protect your basement is to ensure that you’re completing preventative maintenance on your plumbing, heating, and sewage systems and on your hot water tank. Most often, we get calls for water in the basement due to a hot water heater burst.
According to an article on Plumbing Today there are three main reasons why your hot water heater burst:
- Sediment Build-Up – This can cause overheating and deterioration. Sediment build up can be prevented by flushing and draining the tank.
- Rust Corroding the Tank – Over time, water can cause your tank to rust. Your water heater comes with an internal anode rod, which should be replaced once every two years and at least annually when the warranty on the heater has expired.
- Too Much Internal Pressure – Pressure can build up in the tank when you set the water heater temp too high. Make sure you’re frequently testing your T&P valve at least twice a year to prevent accidents.
Overall, preventative maintenance can be the difference between a minor repair and a major disaster. In case of an emergency, SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough is prepared to be faster to any size disaster.
Residual Effects of Hurricane Ida
Considering the effects Hurricane Ida had down in Louisiana, expectations of her strength were not expected to reach the north east. However, the weather we had on the week before Labor Day proved just how mighty this hurricane was.
As she ripped through the Gulf of Mexico and affected our friends down south, she also made sure to save us some disastrous rains and flooding on Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
Due to the force of her winds and heavy rains, multiple governors declared a State of Emergency and locked down public transportation. Thousands of travelers were left stranded as airports cancelled flights and locked down the whole of the north east.
Homeowners and property managers awoke on Thursday to flooded basements, damaged facilities, and knee deep water in various parts of Massachusetts.
As a result of Ida's effect on our area, our team has been working around the clock to attend to our customers as quickly as possible. We are working to quickly dispatch crews for water extraction, mitigation, and reconstruction.
If your home or office has been affected by water damage due to hurricane Ida, call our office for our water damage restoration services.
Is That Covered?
Heavy wind and rain can wreak havoc on your home, especially your roof and foundation. Unfortunately, not everything is covered by your insurance. Your insurance company might refuse to cover a water claim if you are not actively maintaining your roof, gutters or foundation.
Clogged gutters can cause a plethora of issues. Your roof can begin to leak if the water has nowhere to go. This can develop into mold and water damage and even your foundation may be affected.
A damaged roof that collapses, causing further water damage to your home during a heavy rain storm might not be covered by your insurance if they can prove you skipped on routine roof repair.
Water that is not properly drained from your property can cause issues with your foundation. The pressure can cause cracks and leaks. Another heavy rain storm can force water through these cracks and leaks and into your basement. These instances might also be considered an uncovered claim.
Ensuring your hope is properly maintained will not only protect you from costly repairs, but might help avoid water damages all together.
SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough always recommends reviewing your insurance policy with your local agent to determine exactly what your policy covers. The worst time to find out you're not covered is when you need the coverage.
It's Raining! It's Flooding!
Memorial Day was definitely a wash out this year! It dumped 2-3 inches all over New England and caused flooding and other water emergencies around the South Coast. Water can wreck your holiday plans, but it doesn’t have to be a complete wash. A quick response time is the best defense against costly damage to your property. In an emergency, SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough is a quick call away. We are available 24/7 to assist you with your water restoration needs.
We’re faster to any size disaster, so you can expect a response anytime, day or night. Our technicians are highly trained water damage specialists. This training helps our techs restore your home to pre-water-damage condition both quickly and efficiently. Our advanced drying equipment and techniques help us remove water, hidden moisture and even clean and sanitize your home.
You can learn more about our water damage restoration process below:
Every water damage situation is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment
Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction
Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification
Step 5: Cleaning and Repair
Step 6: Restoration
You can rest assured that your storm damage will be handled according to IICRC standards and we'll get your home or office back to "Like it never even happened."
Building Your Business!
Opening a new business or renovating an existing business takes a lot of strategic planning. Even if the contractors clean up after themselves, there’s many things that can go unnoticed. To get your business customer ready after construction, you can count on SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough for your post construction clean-up needs!
Dust and debris from sanding and sawing can find their way into the air ducts and HVAC system. Foul odors from priming and painting can linger for days. Let our expert technicians handle your clean up, so you can focus on other opening preparations.
Our cleaning services include:
And we don’t just do post-construction clean up! Keep SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough on speed dial for any of your commercial clean up or emergency needs. Our other services range from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We even offer disinfection services for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases. At SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough, our goal is to always make it “Like it never even happened."
Hurricane Preparedness Tips
Hurricane season is just around the corner. Beginning June 1st and ending on November 30th, we want to take a moment to highlight some important storm safety tips to keep in mind in the event of a disaster. We hope these tips will come in handy for when you’re preparing you and your household members for an unpredictable season.
- Make an emergency communication plan: where to go, what to do, how to reconnect.
- Make sure you know your community’s evacuation plan and route
- Collect and safeguard critical documents and records
- Pack an emergency kit with items such as food, water, flashlights, medication, and phone chargers
- Know where your gas shut off valve and electrical shut off are located.
- Protect your pets by making an emergency plan and kit for them. Remember to include medication if needed.
Being “Ready for whatever happens” is one of the many things we pride ourselves in at SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough. Hopefully these simple tips will help you to also be prepared in the event of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane.
And a last tip and reminder: when faced with property storm damage, call your local SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough - we’re Here to Help!
Nobody wants mold in their home or business and a mold problem can be tricky to foresee. There are many places this common fungus likes to hide, and sometimes you don’t know mold growth is happening until it is a big enough problem to require professional remediation. There are a few things you can do to head it off at the pass, though. Mold prevention involves knowing the kind of environment mold likes and eliminating as many such environments as possible.
A Mold-Friendly Climate
Mold is always present, but it requires specific circumstances to settle and grow. There are four main criteria needed for rapid mold growth:
• Organic material
• Surface to grow on
Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.
- 24 Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any Size Disaster
- A Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
- Highly Trained Mold and Water Damage Restoration Specialists
Give us a call for a free estimate at 508-946-2397.
Cobweb or soot?
After a fire damage, soot gathers
If you have suffered smoke damage, you may notice what appears to be cobwebs on your ceilings. They’ve been called soot chains, soot tags, and have even been mistaken as dirty cobwebs… but what are they really?
Soot webs are indicative of a fire. They are ionized soot particles that stick together in chains, and tend to gather along the edges of walls and ceilings where there’s cool air. The soot migrates to these cooler areas in order to create a sort of equilibrium after a fire.
Although they may look easy to clean, soot chains should only be handled by a professional. Things like household cleaners can lock in the soot, making something that was once simple and easy to clean more complex and time consuming – every second counts when remediating a fire loss!
Our experience with fire and its aftermath dates back to 1967. Rest assured your home will be treated with respect and restored back to preloss conditions with our team of highly trained professionals on scene.
Need an estimate, we are Here to Help. Call us at SERVPRO of Fall River for a free estimate 508-676-9100.
Why SERVPRO you ask?
SERVPRO is here for you
What happens when disaster strikes and you’re left to pick up the pieces? When the worst case scenario is the one you see before your eyes, who can you trust to restore some sense of normalcy to your everyday life and alleviate the stress that comes with dealing with disaster aftermath?
At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro we exist to lighten your load and take care of your disaster situation. We understand that planning for a disaster is one thing, but going through it is something completely different. While insurance is there for a reason, we make sure your home or business is taken care of by elite team of highly trained professionals.
Where at once it seemed like all was lost, by utilizing our restore first mentality, our experts come into your home or business looking to redeem what once seemed lost. In addition to salvaging many items that can’t be replaced such as documentation, family heirlooms, or things of sentimental value, our restorative approach is much more cost-effective than replacing everything and starting from scratch.
Though we never wish disaster on anyone, we know very well that these situations unfortunately happen. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro exists to alleviate the stress and make those situations “Like it never even happened.”