The Scoop on Mold
Mold after a water damage
The Scoop on Mold
Mold can be a complicated topic and often goes untreated. Before you can address the mold in your house, it helps to know a bit about this organism. Mold is a microscopic fungus that travels through the air. Unlike plants, which make their own food, mold eats by dissolving inorganic and organic materials in the environment. In fact, mold often breaks down debris in nature. Yet mold can become problematic when it appears in your home.
Did you know there are several different types of mold? Some of the most common are:
Stachybotrys is often referred to as toxic or black mold. However, it can also be gray, green or brown.
All types of mold need water to grow. That is why mold spores often appear in damp areas of your home. A moisture problem, such as a burst pipe, drainage backup or leak, can also lead to mold issues. Before the mold cleanup begins, the source must be located. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro can assist in finding the excess water fueling the infestation.
Mold will not go away on its own. While drying wet areas will stop the mold from spreading, this step alone does not eliminate the problem.
In fact, because mold is so prevalent, it is impossible to completely remove all spores from your home. Still, any visible clusters of the fungus should be addressed before they lead to further problems.
Simply spraying the mold with bleach will not make the fungus go away. The bleach itself may also be toxic. While there are some safe cleaning products available, you are better off contacting a mold remediation company.
Black mold can quickly grow and spread in moist areas of your home. Removing the water is the first step of the mold cleanup process. You then should bring in restoration experts to finish the job.
If you experience a water damage it is important that it be treated properly so that mold does not begin to grow. Call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro at 508-946-2397 to ensure your home is mold free.
Did you know we also handle hoarding?
Did you know we also handle Hoarding?
Hoarding is a Disorder
The American Psychiatric Association states that people with hoarding disorder excessively save items that others may view as worthless. They have persistent difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions, leading to clutter that disrupts their ability to use their living or work spaces.Hoarding is not the same as collecting. Collectors look for specific items, such as model cars or stamps, and may organize or display them. People with hoarding disorder often save random items and store them haphazardly. In most cases, they save items that they feel they may need in the future, are valuable or have sentimental value. Some may also feel safer surrounded by the things they save.
What is Hoarding?
Hoarded items are often things others would throw away or look at as junk or garbage such as old newspapers, junk mail or packaging. Hoarding can lead to homes filled with extreme clutter to full capacity from years of accumulation, making living conditions unsanitary and crowded. Bugs, fleas, rats and other vermin may be present, at which point an exterminator would need to be called. At times, hoarding may spread to outside the home as well, to storage facilities, or even the garage or yard.
How can SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro Help?
SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro encounters hoarding situations in several different ways. We may be called to a fire or water loss and find the hoarding situation when we arrive on-site. Hoarding jobs also come through calls from landlords, caseworkers, real estate agents, or family members, often after the death of a loved one. We communicate with the insurance company regarding the customer's contents coverage, and after approval, contents can be packed out and possibly cleaned, dried, and stored in our temporary storage or discarded. In these situations, the crew will see if they should look for any items of importance while they clean the job. Sometimes, family members will come and try to help the hoarder sort through their contents as well. Each case is very different, and hoarding jobs are often sensitive situations, but we are Here to Help make it “Like it never even happened.” If you encounter a hoarding situation, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro at 508-946-2397.
Nor'Easters & The Southcoast 02344
Nor’Easters & The Southcaast
If you have spent any time in the Southeast area of Massachusetts, you have more than likely experienced a Nor’Easter. Nor’Easters usually occur between November & March, however, can develop as early as September lasting through April.
These storms can develop 100 miles east or west of the coastline from as far south as Georgia to New Jersey and beyond. The Nor’Easter develops where the cold air and warm water meet causing a low pressure system. Conditions often change quickly causing severe damage.
If you live or work in a flood zone or an area prone to flooding, you should have a family emergency plan to evacuate. It is also a good idea to assemble an emergency kit with medical supplies and medications that may be necessary. Always follow the public safety officials guidelines and heed warnings to avoid putting first responders at greater risk. Prepare for power outages by having flashlights ready with fresh batteries along with checking smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
It’s not a bad idea to consider purchasing a generator to provide power during an outage and make a record of your personal property by taking photos or videos of your belongings and store them in a secure location.
It is important to prepare if possible as these storms pose the threat of storm surges, high winds, heavy snow, heavy rainfall, inland flooding and rip currents and they can last several days.
We, of course, hope you never suffer damages from a storm like this, however, if it does don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough. For all your storm related questions. Feel free to reach out to us for help at (508) 946-2397.
There's (Always) A Storm Coming - Lakeville 02347
Living in a coastal area, storms come as quickly as they go. We have a saying in New England that goes, “if you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes.” One minute you could be tanning by the water and the next minute Mother Nature decides you should be in the water instead… and so it begins to downpour.
Storms may be most prevalent in certain months out of the year, but make no mistake, they are always looming and threatening us throughout the year. Whether that’s snowstorms, flash floods, or wind storms, our beautiful south coast area sees its all. And so does SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough. Our crews and technicians are “ready for any sized disaster” and equipped to handle whatever happens, whenever it happens with our 24/7/365 (366 on leap years) emergency disaster recovery team.
If your home or business has been affected by storm damage, call SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough: 508-946-2397. We’re here to help.
Holiday Hazard - Marion 02738
Christmas trees are one of the high points of the holiday season but if not cared for properly, they can be a holiday hazard.
Fire departments on average respond to 160 home fires per season that start with a Christmas tree. Pine trees and resin are highly flammable and most trees have unique properties that boost their burn rate. When selecting your tree, be sure the needles are soft and flexible to ensure the tree is fresh. A parched tree can burn faster than newspaper and increases the chance of fire immensely.
Positioning trees away from heating sources, curtains, furniture and carpets can help reduce the spread in case of a fire. One of the key factors and easy ways to greatly decrease the possibility of a tree fire is making sure your tree is watered on a daily basis. Always unplug your tree at bedtime and when leaving the house to decrease your risk.
We want you to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Follow these steps to decrease the risk of fire damage to you and your family. Call SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough for all of your fire, smoke, and soot damage needs! (508) 946-2397
Get Ready For Disasters With Our ERPs - Middleborough 02344
Did you know that 50% of businesses that suffer a disaster never recover?
Those are sobering statistics. Oftentimes as business owners, one can be focused on merchandising, services, customer retention, pricing, and the list goes on. Disasters are usually not the main concern. With so much going on, it can be hard to even stay above water.
While disaster may not be your top priority, it is ours. This is why SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough is committed to making sure businesses stay up and running even if a disaster happens. Our trained and certified technicians are available 24/7/365 (and 366 on leap years) to handle disasters on commercial properties with the least amount of business interruption.
Disasters shouldn’t have the final word when it comes to running your businesses. And because SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough works to restore your business back to preloss condition, they won’t.
Are you Emergency READY?
Are you Emergency Ready?
There’s no question that 2020 has brought challenges to businesses that nobody could have predicted or been prepared to face. While the certainty of 2021 is still unknown, we at SERVPRO offer a service that can help you be prepared in the event of a disaster.
By developing an Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having a plan of action. Being prepared is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
A few advantages with having our free app:
- No cost assessment of your facility. Gives you a great value at no cost.
- A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. This requires little time now to help save you a lot of time during an emergency.
- Guide to get you back into your building following a disaster which greatly reduces the time your business is inactive by having a plan of action.
- Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
- Identification of the line of command for authorization for work to begin.
- Provides facility details for location of shut off valves, priority areas and priority contact information. This is a great quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call making you “Ready for whatever happens.”
Make this the first step in being prepared for 2021.
Call SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford at 508-999-2380 to learn more.
SERVPRO Has the Manpower to Handle Any-Sized Disaster
Each new season or quarter presents new challenges for business owners. Whether that’s gearing up for a new product launch or hitting quarterly sales, these are all expected obstacles they have prepared to overcome. But what happens when the unexpected knocks on your doors?
The crews at SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough prepare for the unexpected every day. From fire damage to water damage and everything in between. Our technicians train for unexpected disasters so you don’t have to. While you may be occupied with setting up a business plan, our crews are focused on disaster restoration plans to get your business up and running in no time. In addition, we also offer our Emergency Ready Plan. While this plan doesn’t prevent disasters from occurring, it can keep them from escalating. By providing business owners, facility managers, and first responders with the most accurate and up to date information about your office building, the quicker we can prevent more damage. The quicker we can prevent more damage, the more we can restore.
This season, don’t let the unexpected throw you off track. Trust SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough to clean up the mess so you can get back to running your business.
A (Stormy) White Christmas - Rochester 02777
There’s something magical about seeing snow on Christmas. It could be the way everything really does look calm and bright, or maybe the way everyone gathers inside because it’s too dangerous to be out, or even because it makes us feel as if we’re in a Holiday Hallmark movie — a white Christmas is the icing on the cake of the holiday season.
However, as magical as a white Christmas can be, it can also cause major mayhem if your home isn’t ready to withstand the ever-changing New England temperatures. With the threat of a nor’easter always above us like a dark cloud, it’s important to make sure you and your home are storm ready.
Keeping a first aid kit, batteries, non-perishable foods, and extra water are key measures in making sure you’re prepared and taking care of yourself and your loved ones. For all other disasters, you can trust that SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough is “ready for whatever happens."
Make Way for Santa! - Rochester 02777
There’s nothing like lighting the fireplace for the first time during the winter season. Not much else screams “holiday season” like wrapping yourself in a warm blanket, with the fireplace lit, and watching holiday movies.
While it may definitely be the most wonderful time of the year, it can quickly turn into a disaster if your fireplace chimney isn’t maintained properly. Getting your chimney swept at least once a year will decrease the chances of smoke damage in your home, and potentially save the holidays.
Fireplaces are always nice but understand there is great importance in making sure your home is kept safe from the dangers that come with it. If something does go wrong, you can trust that SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough is always ready to make it, “Like it never even happened.”