Is Your Heating Source Safe? - Mattapoisett 02739
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
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
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.
This Hurricane Season, Check Your Insurance Policy - Fairhaven 02719
It’s that time of year again, hurricane season is upon us! Which means snowbirds are making their way up from Florida vacation homes to the safer shores of Massachusetts. But that doesn’t always mean we’re exempt from these heavy forces of nature. While it’s nothing compared to what our friends in the south experience, we get our fair share of high winds and heavy rain — especially on the south coast.
One of the ways to ensure your home is “ready for whatever happens” is by going over your policy with your local and independent insurance agent. Making sure you have the correct and adequate coverage is vital to maintaining your peace of mind even in the midst of a disaster.
Before the winds and rains knock on your door or try dripping into your basement, review your homeowner's policy with your insurance agent to make sure you're covered for when you need it most.
For all other post-hurricane needs, SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough is here to help. We are available 24/7 365 days a year for all your emergency and hurricane disasters.
Is Your Home Winter Ready? - Marion 02738
Fall is the perfect time to get home renovations done before the holidays' approach and guests begin to fill our homes with their presence and presents. Your home remodeling plans may include a new kitchen or a renovated master bedroom, or even a new wing in your home to accommodate your guests and games. All the new plans are great, but it’s important to make sure what is behind the walls isn’t a guessing game for you!
Oftentimes, it’s the water you don’t see that poses problems and headaches for homeowners. While you may be able to tell when there’s a leak in your roof and water begins to drip from your ceiling, water in your walls can go undetectable until the damage is irreversible causing even more problems such as mold.
One way to ensure your walls and home stays dry during the colder months is to make sure your walls are properly insulated. This helps to keep pipes from freezing and bursting during frigid temperatures. Keeping your faucets at a slow and steady drip will also help to alleviate some pressure from the pipes and keep them from freezing.
If your home renovation plans don’t include an indoor swimming pool above your living room, SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough is here to help. Feel free to call us with any questions and ensure you and your guests stay warm and dry.
Tips to Prevent Fall Water Damage - Rochester 02576
Fall leaves can get stuck in gutters and result in water damage
Fall weather in New England is always changing at this time of year, which means water damage issues are also in motion. Here are a couple of tips to prevent potential water damage.
- Keep your gutters clean.
- Leaves clog gutters and downspouts. When substantial rainfall occurs, gutters overflow and spill water down exterior walls, penetrating the siding and infiltrating wall cavities. Indoor water damage and mold growth may result. Doing this seasonally also prevents ice dams from forming in the winter months.
- Winterize your underground sprinklers.
- Prior to the first freezing, follow the manufacturer’s policies to winterize your underground sprinklers. An underground crack due to freezing in the mainline or the shutoff valve linked to the household water supply could affect the house foundation and cause flooding.
At SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough, we hope your seasonal transition is smooth but know we are able to assist 24/7/365. No matter the time or season!
There is Help for Hoarders - Acushnet 02743
In recent years, the issue of hoarding has garnered more attention due to the growing population that is being affected by this mental health disorder.
Hoarding is much more than just a few extra items in the garage, or a messy room with unopened boxes. It goes beyond some clutter and knickknacks and tchotchkes that hold sentimental value. Hoarding is a complex mental health disorder that is quickly growing within the aging population. As major life crisis or traumas such as loss, divorce, and even children leaving single parents as empty nesters — there is often no one around to keep the compulsive urge to accumulate at bay.
Hoarding becomes a health risk when one isn’t able to use their stove to cook because the surface is covered with items or their refrigerator is full of expired food that eventually attract pests and rodents. When the environment is so disorganized that the resident isn’t able to file for medicare to even schedule a doctor’s appointment, it becomes a major problem. In a recent article published by the Washington Post, compulsive hoarding affects nearly 19 million Americans.
With the rate of hoarding cases steadily growing, it’s important to know where to turn to if you, a loved one, or someone you know if affected by this mental health disorder.
Thankfully, SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough is here to help with any and all hoarding issues. There is no job too extreme or a mess too messy for us to clean. Contact us today as you work to support your loved one on their path to recovery.
Storm Damage, Drain Backup's, and Important Insurance Information
Are you a home or business owner whose real estate is situated at the bottom of a hill? You may not think much of it at first, but when heavy rains hit and storm drains back-up, you could be at risk for flooding. Some precautions you can take to avoid disaster would be to make sure your sump pump is in good working condition, or perhaps even having a french drain installed.
As we like to say; we can’t prevent disasters, but we can prepare for them. To do so, you should perform a home insurance “check-up” at the beginning of each year to look for any gaps in your policy. Furthermore, creating a home inventory list can come in handy if or when you do ever experience a loss. This will expedite the claims process and ensure you get a quicker payout.
Do You Have Flood Insurance? - Marion 02738
Flood insurance is required in high-risk flood zones
Wondering why you should purchase flood insurance for your home or office? It’s easy to think that homeowner’s or renter’s insurance covers flooding disasters, but did you know that this kind of coverage is sold separately? In high-risk flood areas, when purchasing a home, you are required to have a flood insurance policy in place before the loan can close! There is no “grace period” for this policy if your lender requires it. However, even if you don’t live in a high-risk flood zone, it’s still important to have flood insurance as more than 20% of flood claims come from properties outside of risk zones.
Living in the coastal areas of Marion and Mattapoisett, SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough is familiar with the importance of having the right coverage to ensure that you’re insured for any kind of disaster. Here are some additional resources from FEMA to consider when shopping for flood insurance.
If you find yourself with any kind of water damage resulting from floods, feel free to call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough for all your restoration need! 508-946-2397
Sweep Your Customers off Their Feet! - Lakeville 02347
Attn: Business Owner
Is your store or office keeping up its appearance for your customers and employees?
When it comes to keeping your workplace clean, SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough can help. When you use our expert and professional carpet cleaning and tile stripping service, we’ll make sure you’re left with sparkly tiles and carpets that look brand new! Your customers will not only appreciate a clean business but one that looks and smells fresh as well. You can make sure to breathe easier with our air duct cleaning service as well.
Appearances matter, which is why SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough is committed to making you shine for your customers and clients.
For a free, no obligation quote, call our office at 508-679-9100 to schedule your free estimate.