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Are you Emergency Ready? Middleborough, MA 02346

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Are you Emergency Ready? Middleborough, MA 02346 Are you Ready for Whatever Happens?

Up to 50% of Business Will Never Reopen! 

With the New Year brings opportunity for new beginnings! Start 2019 off right be being READY!

Did you know up to 50% of businesses that suffer a disaster may never reopen? Of the businesses that do survive a disaster, the overwhelming majority had an emergency preparedness plan in place.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Here's some of the things you'll get from taking advantage of this free app- 

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

Ready to Get Started?

Make your first resolution be to help protect your business, your employees and your livelihood. Call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough today at 508-946-2397 to learn more about how we can help you be "Ready for whatever happens" in the New Year!

Extension Cord Safety – Acushnet, MA 02743

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Extension Cord Safety – Acushnet, MA 02743 Overloaded Circuit

The holidays have officially arrived, and with them comes decorating for Christmas, Hanukkah or whatever it is you may celebrate! Even with this time of the year being the most magical, fire damage can still affect each and every one of us if we’re not careful.

The Christmas Season typically brings an up rise in the number of extension cords used in a home. While extension cords are a great way to shorten the gap between an appliance’s cord and the wall’s outlet, they can become extremely dangerous if not used correctly. Below you’ll find ways to safely utilize extension cords in your family’s home this holiday season.

  • Do not overload extension cords or allow them to run through water or snow on the ground.
  • Do not substitute extension cords for permanent wiring.
  • Do not run through walls, doorways, ceilings or floors. If cord is covered, heat cannot escape, which may result in a fire hazard.
  • Do not use an extension cord for more than one appliance.
  • A heavy reliance on extension cords is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have additional outlets installed where you need them.
  • Multiple plug outlets must be plugged directly into mounted electrical receptacles; they cannot be chained together.
  • Make sure the extension cord or temporary power strip you use is rated for the products to be plugged in, and is marked for either indoor or outdoor use.
  • The appliance or tool that you are using the cord with will have a wattage rating on it. Match this up with your extension cord, and do not use a cord that has a lower rating.
  • Never use a cord that feels hot or is damaged in any way. Touching even a single exposed strand can give you an electric shock or burn.
  • Never use three-prong plugs with outlets that only have two slots for the plug. Do not cut off the ground pin to force a fit. This defeats the purpose of a three-prong plug and could lead to an electrical shock. Never force a plug into an outlet if it doesn’t fit.
  • Use extension cords with polarized and/or three-prong plugs.
  • Buy only cords approved by an independent testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), ETL-SEMKO (ETL) or Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

*Electrical Cord Safety Tips courtesy of Electrical Safety Foundation International

Storm Ready at Any Time

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Ready at Any Time A tree falls through the roof of this home after a large storm hits

Severe weather can happen anytime, in any part of the country. According to ready.gov, severe weather can include hazardous conditions produced by thunderstorms, including damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, flooding and flash flooding, and winter storms associated with freezing rain, sleet, snow and strong winds.

Restoring storm and flood damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property back to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately to your claim, which helps to minimize secondary damage to the structure. We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency 24/7/365.

For more information on storm damage services, click here.

The Importance of Post Construction Clean-Up

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Importance of Post Construction Clean-Up Offering Post Construction Clean-Up to Commercial & Residential Spaces

Did you know? We Offer Post Construction Clean-Up

Whether you’ve just built a new facility or had minor renovations done to an older one, SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford South will have your business up and running with our list of post construction clean-up services.

After any kind of construction service, you’ll want your commercial building cleaned before opening to the public. Indoor air quality can be negatively affected from the construction process, and things like sawdust and other debris may find their way into your Air Duct & HVAC system.

Flat surfaces such as window and door frames may also need some extra attention, as well as any leftover debris not removed prior to our arrival. You’ll also want to be sure no foul odors or other contaminants are lingering inside.

Contact us today to learn more or set up a free estimate at 508-946-2397

Mold on your Belongings?

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold on your Belongings? This Customers Family Heirloom was Restored back to Pre-Loss Condition

A New Lease on Life for this Old Heirloom

We we’re recently approached by a woman who was having issues with mold in a split unit A/C system in her home. This particular unit was located in her tiny 10’ x 10’ bedroom, and simple enough to clean where she felt comfortable doing it on her own.

Unfortunately, the system was situated in a way where the air flow blew directly on a foot stool her mother had passed down to her. Unbeknownst to her, the air blowing from the unit spread mold which attached to her family heirloom. She expressed feelings of devastation to us and how badly she’d like for it to be fixed.

We were able to completely remediate the mold from this item and get it back to preloss condition for her. She was very satisfied with the outcome and relieved that this piece could continue to live on in the family for the next generation.  

Preparing your Home for Cold Weather - Lakeville, MA 02347

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing your Home for Cold Weather - Lakeville, MA 02347 Is Your Home Ready for the Cold?

Don't Get Caught in the Cold

We’ve turned back the clocks.

Caught up on our favorite TV shows.

…And Thanksgiving is just a week away.

Yep, winter is officially on its way in New England!

When it comes to winterizing your home, it may feel like just one more chore on top of the already dozen piled onto your to-do list. Still, winterizing is a crucial part in preparing your home for the frigid temps that can roll in off of the coast and cause thousands in property damage.

To help simplify this process, we’ve created a home weatherproofing checklist – because let’s face it, you’re already under enough stress from the holidays! Here you’ll find ways to ensure your home is ready before the season’s first snow fall that require little to no handiness:

  1. Clean gutters & downspouts in mid-fall then double check them before winter
  2. Close any vents in your home that may have been opened for the warm weather
  3. Drain & disconnect hoses from outside faucets and turn off the water supply
  4. Buy snow shovels, salt and other winter supplies before the bad weather hits
  5. Caulk or apply weather stripping around draft areas
  6. Have your chimney cleaned before firing it up
  7. Run fans in reverse
  8. Replace the filter in your furnace
  9. Turn down your water heater
  10. Test that your sump pump is working properly

If any unwanted surprises do happen to occur this holiday season (and we’re not talking about the in-laws staying for Christmas) you can count on our 24/7/365 emergency response team to take control of the situation so you can take back your life (sorry, still not talking about the in-laws) and make things “Like it never even happened.”

Contact us at 508-946-2397

Those Aren't Cobwebs!

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Those Aren't Cobwebs! Soot Chains in a Home Affected by Fire Damage

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.

Call the Fire Restoration Experts today at 508-946-2397.

Common Areas for Mold Growth

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Common Areas for Mold Growth Alternaria Mold

When it comes to your home or business mold is not something you want to mess around with. It doesn’t take very much time for mold to spread quickly. Mold can become extremely hazardous to your health, and if left untreated can cause costly structural damage to building materials. If you find mold growing in your home, it’s important to call in a professional who has the experience and expertise to have the mold completely removed by using the correct process.

Mold is a living organism that belongs to the fungi family. There are over 100,000 species of mold, and all of them can be harmful if not properly taken care of.

As long as oxygen and moisture are present, mold can virtually grow on any organic surface such as paper, wood, insulation, food, and carpet padding.  Because mold will eat or digest what it is growing on, if left untreated, mold can even cause structural damage to buildings and furnishings.

Here are some Places to Watch for Mold Growth in Your Home:

  • Basements or cellars that have been flooded
  • Underneath kitchen sinks
  • Attics & Crawl Spaces
  • Underneath or behind refrigerators
  • Behind walls that also house plumbing
  • Stacks of damp or wet newspaper or cardboard boxes
  • Around air-conditioning units
  • Wallboard or around windows that leak
  • Under carpeting that may have become wet
  • Bathroom shower or under sink

You can prevent damage to your home or business, its contents, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.

 Reminder: With any type of water damage in the home drying the affected areas within three days or less will help prevent the growth of toxic mold that can make you extremely sick.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact - 508-946-2397
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

How Often Should you Clean your Bathroom to Avoid Mold Growth?

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Often Should you Clean your Bathroom to Avoid Mold Growth? Mold Grows in a Bathtub

Preventing Mold & Mildrew Growth in your Bathroom

When it comes to bathrooms, it seems like it’s the least favorite room for homeowners to clean. However, dust, dirt, grime, and moisture sitting on your bathrooms surfaces can lead to mold and mildew. So, why avoid the cleanup and put your family’s health at risk? Bathrooms should be cleaned weekly, but there’s also little things that can be done daily that can help make that weekly cleanup seem less daunting.

Daily:

  • After a shower, squeegee your tiles to remove the excess water
  • Keep the shower stall door or curtain open after a shower for at least 10 minutes to help exhaust the humidity that has built up inside
  • Close the shower curtain afterwards to help dry them so moisture doesn’t get trapped when they are bunched up when closed
  • Empty garbage bins every other day. Think of what gets thrown out: wet naps, damp paper towels, Kleenex, tissue paper, etc. After a few days, your garbage bin can start to get musty and moldy
  • Hang towels right away after a bath or shower. Leaving them on the floor can lead to musty odors
  • Run your exhaust fans or open windows during your shower and keep them open/on afterwards for at least 20 minutes

Weekly:

  • Toilet bowls
  • Shower head; build-up can occur causing mold and clogging, preventing you from having a relaxing shower experience.
  • Counters and sinks
  • Walls and floors; dust, grime and hair is mold food when left on surfaces for too long
  • Shower mats
  • Replace hand and bath towels with fresh, clean linens
  • Mirrors
  • Door handles and faucets can hold onto bacteria

The main objective is to keep moisture levels to a minimum so not to create the perfect breeding ground for mold. By following these tips, you'll have a better control on minimizing mold growth.

Tornadoes in Southeastern Mass? - Taunton, MA 02718

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tornadoes in Southeastern Mass? - Taunton, MA 02718 A Supercell Tornado Ravages the Central Plains of America

Toto, We're not in Kansas Anymore...

We are all aware of the recent tornado warnings that have been broadcasted across The Weather Channel, and how much of an abnormality they are in this part of the country. Normally, our knowledge of tornadoes comes from blockbuster dramas like Twister, or Storm Chasers – but what are these weather anomalies really like?

What is a Tornado?

A tornado is a funnel-shaped vortex of violent winds that form under a major storm system. Wind speeds can reach anywhere between 65mph to upwards of 300mph, depending on the scale of the tornado.

There are two forms of tornadoes, supercell and non-supercell. Supercell tornadoes are spawned from supercell thunderstorms, and are the most common tornado and typically the most dangerous. Non-supercell tornadoes are circulations that do not form from an organized storm front.

How do Tornado’s form?

According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, tornadoes come from the energy released in a thunderstorm.

Supercell tornadoes develop from a rotating updrift. One theory on how this rotation begins is that a column of air begins to rotate from wind shear, which is then fed by warm, moist air flowing in at ground level.

Non-supercell tornadoes form from a vertically spinning parcel of air already occurring near the ground, caused by wind shear from a warm, cold, or sea breeze front, or a dryline. When an updraft moves over the rotation, and stretches it, a tornado can form.

There are still many unanswered questions scientists face when examining supercell and non-supercell tornadoes, but with the help of modern technology and equipment, we are making strides towards learning more about these super storms every day.

What do to in the event of a Tornado?

When the tornado sirens sound, you may only have minutes to find safe shelter. It is recommended that you bunker down in your bathtub if an underground shelter isn’t available.

A bathtub is a great form of shelter given that they are strong, sturdy objects which are piped directly into the ground. Normally, bathtubs and loo’s are the only remnants of a home left after a tornado has passed through it.

One incredible story of survival comes from a 60-year-old woman from Louisiana who hid in her bathtub as a tornado was ravaging her home. The tornado picked up the tub, while she was hiding in it, and carried it to a wooded area not far from her home. Miraculously, the tub was placed gently on the ground, and she suffered only minor cuts and bruising.