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What is THAT? - Rochester 02576

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Ever go upstairs to your attic, or down to your basement, or basically anywhere in the house just to find some intricate “art” work that smells a bit… musty? If so, you may have asked yourself if that little patchwork is mold. 

The funny thing about mold is that it’s everywhere. Meaning the question isn’t whether or not you have mold in your home, but rather how much of it do you have that can potentially cause it to be a problem. 

Beyond the dirty look it gives off, mold can cause health and respiratory issues if not treated properly or left unattended. This is why each time SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough works on a mold job, our technicians set up air scrubbers to filter the air and catch any loose mold spores that can be harmful to the human body. 

If you suspect to have a mold issue in your home, call the crew here at SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough for a free estimate today!

Did You Know This About Mold? - Marion 02738

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is a type of fungi that grows on to materials like wood, fabrics, cardboard, or paper and increases in areas that have a lot of moisture and less sunlight. Mold will feed off of the materials and eat away at them if left untreated. 

Mold can completely deteriorate things like furniture, carpets, shelving, and other mobile materials. It’s important to replace items that are affected and removal of affected textiles such as drywall and insulation. Since mold can grow and spread, always check to make sure you’ve completely removed the origin of the problem. Another area mold can be found is within your HVAC systems and can be spread quickly. Mold found in these areas can affect your air quality and create health effects. It’s important to remember to clean out air ducts and filters regularly. Mold can also seep into walls, ceilings, floorboards, or tiles and can completely destroy the foundations of a home.

If you think you may have mold give SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough a call to set up a visual inspection.



Open for Business - Lakeville 02347

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

When disasters strike your large commercial building, you want to make sure you choose a restoration company with enough bandwidth to handle a loss of formidable size. You also want to make sure you choose a company that will get your building back up and running with as fast as possible. This is where SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough comes in. 

Our crews understand that for every minute your doors are closed due to a disaster, it is a minute your business is losing money. Which is why we pride ourselves in being “faster to any size disaster.” No matter the time of day or season, we are available 24/7/366 to ensure that your business is up and running in no time. 

Take it from a large commercial warehouse that suffered sizable water damage on a Saturday night and called us for the clean-up and restoration. They were open for business Monday morning, except some of their own employees didn’t show up because they thought they’d still be closed!

That’s just what we do at SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough, make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Document Restoration? We Can Help.

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Ever think of what happens to the important documentation in a home or office that suffers a disaster?

Well, we do! This is why in addition to disaster restoration services, we also offer document restoration! In the event of a disaster, it’s likely important documents, photos, and even yearbooks are damaged. If they’re not kept in a fire and waterproof safe or filing cabinet, these materials are subjected to the same elements as your home or office when a disaster strikes, such as water damage. 

While one may think those documents will never be restored to their original, preloss condition, SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough thinks otherwise. By utilizing vacuum freezing techniques, IICRC certified and HIPPA compliant technicians are able to restore water-damaged documentation. Basically making it, “Like it never even happened.”

Hopefully, you’re never in a situation where you would need to utilize any of our disaster restoration services, but if you are, you can rest assured we got you covered and we are Here to Help. 

What Should You Protect Before the Next Storm?

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Keep an eye out on these important things before the next storm:

Windows

The wind is a huge threat to your windows, doors and garage doors. You can build and install temporary protection, like wind shutters or plywood on windows. Also covering your patio and entry doors, strengthen garage doors, and install heavy-duty door hardware.

Valuables

Protect your contents in waterproof containers and/or take the items with you if you evacuate. Inventory valuables and contents in the home with pictures or videos. Note the approximate value of each item and the date of purchase. Also, make sure important documents, such as an insurance policy or mortgage papers, are stored in a safe deposit or fire safe box. While keeping your paperwork safe is important but knowing what your policy entails is half the battle.

Feel free to give SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough a call for any emergency questions. Remember, we are always Here to Help. 




Who You Gonna Call? - Marion 02738

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

In the midst of a disaster, the only thing a home or business owner is focused on is choosing the right restoration company to come in, clean-up, and get them back to preloss condition as soon as possible. 

While there are many options for disaster and restoration companies, you deserve to work with the best. Which is why SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough is here to help. Not only are we the premier restoration company in the world. We are also the best clean-up and restoration company in the South Coast, voted by the people of the South Coast!

Don’t leave your disaster to just any clean-up and restoration company. Work with the best, and expect the best. Our IICRC certified and specially trained technicians are available 24/7/366 to make your disaster, “Like it never even happened.”

How to Be Storm Ready - Mattapoisett 02739

12/24/2019 (Permalink)

Here are a few suggestions on how to prep your home to effectively prevail against snowstorms, freezing rain, and chilly winds:

  • Provide quality insulation for your home – make sure that the roof and the walls are in good order. You may install storm windows and provide additional layers of insulation anywhere possible. 
  • Install smoke alarms and ensure proper ventilation– take precautions since fire hazards increase drastically when flames are burning in fireplaces and the power systems are overburdened by heaters.
  • Keep pipes from freezing – wrap pipes to provide some protection and let faucets drip a little as another preventative on really frigid days.
  • Ensure proper drainage– have downspouts and basins clear of debris and maintain the plumbing system in perfect condition so that the water from the melting ice and snow can easily find its way out and away from your property.
  • Trim bushes and trees – if you have a yard, make sure no branches spread dangerously near the house. 

Clear snow away–remove snow and ice from the roof to prevent collapsing and clear accrued snow away from the foundations of the house to lower the risk of flooding.

Its the Elements, My Dear - Marion 02738

12/24/2019 (Permalink)

'Tis the season for discovering just how strong the elements can be when the winds and rains beat against and around your house. After a sunny summer, it can be hard to come to terms with the harsh realities of our coastal winters. Wouldn’t it be ideal to pick out our weather for the day? What if we could also choose to have sunny weekends, rainy days only when we don’t need to go out, and snow just on Christmas Day. 

In reality, though, our weather forecast doesn’t check with our schedule and preferences when it decides to do what it does. This is especially true in cases of severe storms. Power outages, fallen electrical wires, and downed trees are common when the elements decide to come out in full force. Because storms are unpredictable, we don’t have ways to prevent the damage that follows. 

However, the crews at SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough are always “Ready for Whatever Happens.” Whether it’s the small fire started by an electrical malfunction or the water that started seeping through the cracks in the foundation, with the specialized training our technicians received, there is no damage that we are not well equipped to handle. Not only are we Ready for Whatever Happens” but we’re also here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Eh, What Up Duct? - Marion 02718

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

Regardless of the field of work a building can generate multiple contaminants and air pollutants, such as dander, dust, and chemicals. These contaminants are lured into the HVAC system and re-circulated 5 to 7 times per day, on average. If the cleaning is overlooked for a period of time the toxins will intensify in the ductwork.

Continuously circulating dust, mold, and pollen can lead to reduced employee production, illness, and even turn customers and clients away from your business. As a matter of fact, indoor air can be up to 70 percent more polluted than outdoor air—which is why arranging routine commercial air duct cleaning for your commercial property is crucial!

Not only does a routine air duct cleaning ensure the air quality in your office, but it also helps to increase productivity and reduce the number of indoor air pollutants. 

Call SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough today to schedule your free air duct cleaning estimate and begin to breathe better.



Beware of Storm Chasers - Rochester 02777

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Tornado approaching Storms aren't the only things that bring damage. Be wary of storm chasers that can cause more harm than good!

Ever notice that after a major storm a bunch of construction companies pop up that you’ve never heard of with addresses and locations that are anything but local?

Maybe you never noticed them because you’ve never needed them until recent storms damaged your house, or you were never looking so you didn’t find it. As likely as that can be, we caution against using construction and repair companies outside of your local area. The reason is, we’ve found that many of these “companies” pack up their gear and head to where the most recent storm was and prey on vulnerable families that need repairs. After the repairs are done, they pack up and move to the next storm-shattered city, leaving you to fend for yourself in case anything goes awry after the repair. 

While the prices may be enticing, and the promise of getting it done quickly appealing, the cons outweigh the pros. Always go with a local and reputable company when choosing to do repairs on your house. Whether that’s gathering information from others who’ve used the company in question in the past or doing your research online. 

When it comes to disasters, you want to choose the best. Which is why SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough is here to help. Not only are we a locally owned and operated franchise, made up of employees and members in your local community, we also have other regional franchises at our disposal, should your restoration and clean-up be bigger than anticipated. We’re dedicated to making your disaster, “Like it never even happened.” 

Our advice when it comes to storms and disaster restoration? Choose wisely. Choose local. 

Preparing for Ice Storms - Lakeville 02347

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Preparing for an Ice storm

The ice from ice storms can accumulate on branches, electrical wires, and other structures.  If you need to go outside after ice has accumulated, pay attention to branches or wires that can collapse under the ice that has been accumulated.  Stay on guard because large chunks of ice can fall from roofs.

Never touch electrical wires.  A hanging wire can still be live with current and can electrocute you.  Keep in mind that ice, branches, and electrical wires can continue to fall several hours after the precipitation ends.

Remember that freezing rain, even in small quantities, can make roads very slippery.  It is a good idea to avoid driving during freezing rain and for several hours after the storm, to allow maintenance teams time to spread sand and salt on the icy roads.

The quick onset of an ice storm, coupled with the risk of a blizzard increased the possibility of extreme hypothermia.  If you have a farm, quickly shelter your animals and make sure to supply them with food.  Often, during an ice storm and immediately after, feed is temporarily inaccessible.  Animals’ reactions are similar during an ice storm and blizzards.

With a forecast threatening more freezing rain, and with two months of winter left to go, it's a good idea to prepare both your home and family for whatever may arise.

The following winter storm home-preparation suggestions may be helpful:

  • Make sure flashlights and battery-powered radios are working, and keep extra batteries, candles, and matches on hand.
  • Unplug sensitive appliances such as TV, VCR, computer, and microwave. If the power goes off, turn off all major electrical appliances.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. If you lose power, frozen food will generally keep for 48 hours. Discard perishable food that has been at 40 degrees for more than two hours. Odor or appearance is not an indicator that food is safe. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • If you use an emergency-heating source such as a wood stove, kerosene heater or fireplace, keep fuels away from the flames and ventilate properly. Never leave a fire unattended.
  • If it seems likely that your home will be without heat for several days, drain your water pipes.

If you use a generator, read all the instructions that accompany it and be aware of the hazards that come with misuse. Use a qualified electrician to connect a generator to the house wiring. Never run a gasoline-powered generator in the house-the fumes are deadly.

Since there is no way to prevent nature's winter storms, being prepared is your best defense:

  • Create a family disaster plan and practice it regularly.
  • Learn and teach others in your family how to turn off electricity, gas, and water.
  • Store extra blankets and warm clothes where you can find them easily. Layer winter clothing to trap body heat.
  • Keep emergency telephone numbers with you.
  • Have a first aid kit on hand.
  • Stock up on drinking water and canned or dried foods. Be sure to include a non-electric can opener with your supplies.
  • Have at least a week's supply of prescription medications on hand.
  • Fill your car with gasoline.
  • Have cash available.

Even when the winter storm is over, keep a disaster supply kit assembled and replace food, water, and other time-sensitive items twice a year. Remember to replenish your kits when the clocks are reset in spring and fall. For other ways SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough can help you when you need it most, call us directly at 508-946-2397

Don't be Turkey This Thanksgiving! - Lakeville 02348

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

They say you are what you eat so that may be difficult but do your best. With November upon us, the holidays will be here before we know it. While signature dishes are a staple at every family holiday gathering; we would like to take the time to address the dangers of deep-frying a turkey.

With a minimal amount of preparation, there are a few simple precautionary steps that you can take in order to keep your home and family safe while still impressing the socks off your in-laws.

Safety Tips for Deep Frying a Turkey

1. Be sure to place your turkey fryer on a solid, even ground a safe distance away from any flammable objects. They are known to tip easily; spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.

2. Be sure to take into consideration the size of the turkey when filling the cooking oil. An overfilled fryer will displace hot oil when the turkey is placed into the fryer.

3. Due to a change in temperature, a partially frozen turkey when being placed in the fryer will cause cooking oil to splatter, be sure to thaw properly.

4. Be sure to wear heatproof gloves when handling the pot, lid or turkey in any way as the fryer surfaces can become dangerously hot.

5. Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can easily overheat and start fires, even the slightest amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a very large fire.

6. Most importantly, always use turkey fryers indoors or on wooden surfaces.

If you decide to be a turkey and blatantly disregard these tips, you may end up causing damage to your property. If that's the case SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough will be here to help. We would much rather have to enjoy your dinner with your family and friends, however. We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season. 

Wind & Fire - Marion 02738

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

The only thing worse than your home catching on fire is when your neighbors home catches on fire.

Aside from the devastating loss they suffer, you could also be at risk for the fire to blow over to your home. Depending on the night and the force of the fire, it can affect your property as well. 

While, as homeowners, we do our best to prevent disasters from occurring and take the necessary safety precautions to keep bad things from happening. However, there are two things we can’t control: the wind, and our neighbors. 

The wind goes where it pleases, and takes whatever it pleases with it. From leaves to embers, the wind can be our friend on hot days when it comes in the form of a slight breeze. Or it can be your greatest fear when it carries flames over to your property. As scary as it may be to see the worst come to play, and as helpless as you may feel, there is still hope for the recovery. 

At SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough, we understand that disasters happen, and that’ why we’re here to help. If the winds don’t blow in your favor, we’re here to help you redirect your sails of disaster restoration. Give us a call at 508-946-2387 for a free estimate.

Four Interesting Causes of Home Fires - Lakeville 02347

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has stated that heating equipment is a top cause of home fires and home fire deaths, especially in the winter. If you use a portable space heater to add extra warmth to a room, curl up in front of a fireplace, wood or pellet stove on a snowy afternoon, many obligations come with using household heating equipment. Realizing the dangers can help keep your home safe from fires caused by heating equipment.

Recognizing the Causes:

Most heating fires can be stopped if you know the risks and causes. 

Here are a few common causes for heating-related home fires:

  • Failure to clean wood-burning devices
  • Poor clearance around space heaters
  • Defects in the construction, design, or installation of wood-burning heating equipment
  • Incorrect heater refueling

We here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro hope you are safe and warm this season.

Four Interesting Causes of Home Fires - Lakeville 02347

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has stated that heating equipment is a top cause of home fires and home fire deaths, especially in the winter. If you use a portable space heater to add extra warmth to a room, curl up in front of a fireplace, wood or pellet stove on a snowy afternoon, many obligations come with using household heating equipment. Realizing the dangers can help keep your home safe from fires caused by heating equipment.

Recognizing the Causes:

Most heating fires can be stopped if you know the risks and causes. 

Here are a few common causes for heating-related home fires:

  • Failure to clean wood-burning devices
  • Poor clearance around space heaters
  • Defects in the construction, design, or installation of wood-burning heating equipment
  • Incorrect heater refueling

We here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro hope you are safe and warm this season.

How We Mitigate Water Damage - Marion 02738

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Ever wonder how we make your home or office's water damage disaster, "Like it never even happened."? Here are the steps we take to ensure your environment is dry:

  • Before anything is done, make sure to shut off any power around the area, including electricity and gas.
  • While standing around the flooded area, for your protection wear boots and gloves. Depending on the amount of water, you can use a sump pump, a pool pump, a wet/dry vacuum or a mop and bucket.  
  • When most of the water has been extracted, soak up the lingering water with a cloth or sponges. 
  • Move out damaged items to a dry area for at least 48 hours.
  • If there is wet carpeting it can prevent the underlying floor from drying if it’s not removed quickly. Although it can be difficult to sufficiently dry out these materials, sometimes wet carpeting can be saved. If the carpet isn’t dried properly, it can become moldy.
  • Give the basement several days of drying time and opening windows and doors will help get as much ventilation in the area. It’s crucial to place fans around the room for air circulation and a dehumidifier for the moisture in the air.

If You Have Questions or Need Help, 
Call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro (508)999-2380



Is Your Heating Source Safe? - Mattapoisett 02739

10/4/2019 (Permalink)

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

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

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

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

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

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

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

9/19/2019 (Permalink)

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

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fall leaves can get stuck in gutters and result in water damage 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

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

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

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

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 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

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

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

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

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. 

READY, SET, PLAN! Lakeville 02739

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

The crews at SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough are all business when it comes to cleaning up yours after any kind of disaster.

With our 24/7 emergency response, our technicians work around the clock to make sure your doors are ready to be opened as soon as possible. We understand that only 50% of businesses recover after a disaster of any kind — one of the major reasons is because of how long a business stays closed after such an event. 

With the help of SERVPRO, we can minimize the time spent restoring a business back to its preloss condition by establishing a free resource called our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP). We do this by compiling a list of important information such as emergency contacts and shut off valve locations to cut down on response time and limit the extent of the damage. With this plan in place, businesses can be sure that we have all the accurate and up to date information to get their business back in working condition if or when a disaster occurs. 

If this is something you’d like to have established in your business, call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough for us to establish a completely free Emergency Ready Plan for your business!

Hot and Cold - Marion 02738

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

A/C Units are more likely to catch on fire due to faulty wiring

There’s nothing quite like summer on the south coast. Sand, beaches and the occasional shark sighting all make these hot months feel like life’s a breeze. After all, if it gets too hot, you can always escape the heat by heading inside and cranking up the A/C. 

While your intention may have been to escape the heat, did you know that air conditioners are responsible for 2,300 residential fires each year? Not only do they heat up, but the flammable materials nearby also catch on fire. These fires are more likely to occur during the hottest times of the day, between 2 pm and 8 pm. But don’t fear, as long as you check your unit’s wiring system each year, that should go a long way in preventing these fires. Ensuring these wires are not faulty or in need of repair can prevent short circuits and electrical malfunctions. Another you can do is limit your use of your air conditioner by using fans and keeping windows open during the night to let the cool breeze in. Plus, this helps you save money as well as lowering your risk of a fire!

At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough, our crews are able to handle any kind of disaster no matter the weather. While these are never fun, they don’t have to ruin a special south coast season. If you find yourself escaping the heat but heading from the frying pan into the fire, call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough to ensure fires don’t ruin your summer. 

The Aftermath of a Fire - Freetown, 02717

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fires can be very traumatic and significant events in one’s person. The destruction and devastation of a home or office are enough to make anyone feel the heat and pressure of dealing with the aftermath. What looks like the end is in fact only the beginning of a rebuilding process and the return to any semblance of normalcy. 

However, this path doesn’t need to be walked through alone. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough has journeyed through disasters big and small with countless home and business owners. They're highly trained in dealing with your worst nightmare. From small fires in the kitchen to commercial buildings in flames, our crews have the equipment and expertise to handle any kind of fire 

If you ever find yourself affected by a fire and are not sure where to begin, call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough. We’ll pull you back up and hold your hand through this journey. As you sift through the aftermath, we’ll be there to help restore and rebuild the pieces leftover. 

Temperamental Storms - Lakeville, 02347

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Is your home or office ready to face off against these storms?

While the seasons and the weather channel can predict what the temperature will be outside neither the chief meteorologist or the day in the year can predict how those temperatures outside will affect your home inside.

Storm season in New England is quite unlike any other. It can be sunny and bright one minute and the next minute, torrential downpour.

While we may be used to the temperamental temperatures, our home and office may not be. At SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough, we’ve seen our fair share of accidents that happen as a result of storm damage and provide all the clean-up and restoration services needed to remedy your building. Whether that’s caused by winds, fallen trees, or heavy rains, our crews are trained and prepared to restore your home or office to its preloss condition.

If this storm season threatens the integrity of your home or office, call SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough to help — we’ll make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Team Member Tuesday - Ana

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Ana De Araujo, Marketing Representative

We are extremely excited to introduce the newest member of our Marketing Team, Ana De Araujo!

Ana is an accomplished Advertising & Marketing professional with four years’ experience at a national advertising agency. There, Ana became certified in practical and technical industry systems such as Google Ads & Google Analytics, while also honing in on her marketing and event coordination skills. During her time there, she was able to assist a number of businesses by strategizing and creating effective mixed marketing campaigns that helped her customers reach their goals. Ana is also fluent in Portuguese and is eager to serve the community!

Outside of work, Ana enjoys spending time with family, volunteering at her church, hiking, and going on new adventures. We are thrilled to add her to our already stellar team!

Old Colony YMCA Winter Gala - Middleborough 02346

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough understands the importance small businesses play in supporting local community programs. Which is why when Old Colony YMCA hosted a winter gala to raise funds for their facility, SERVPRO was happy to be able to help. Each ticket purchased contributed to supporting and benefiting their Developmental Disabilities program as well as Mentoring and Scholarship Programs. 

While the night included dancing, dinner, cocktails, and a live auction, the true pleasure was being able to give back to a cause that has done so much to support the local Middleborough community. One of the great ways the Old Colony YMCA has helped the community is by offering a safe and welcoming environment for people of all ages to be able to exercise and train for a healthier and stronger Middleborough community. These programs offering kids and adults alike many options to get in shape and promote healthy living. 

SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough is proud to be able to play a small role in supporting quality community programs in our area. 

Spring Cleaning! Mattapoisett 02739

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough help with your spring cleaning needs

For some reason, the arrival of spring signifies the need to clean for many home and business owners. Maybe it’s the sun shining and the flowers blooming that bring a new life, energy, and desire to change things up. Or maybe its the pollen floating around that reminds us of the relief a thorough cleaning brings. Whatever the reason, it’s important to note that not all dust and dirt can be swept with a broom or wiped with a cloth. Usually, it’s the dirtiness you don’t see that presents a problem. Whether it’s the grime stuck in the fabric of your carpets, or the mold in the attic, and even the dust in the ducts — if it’s out of sight, usually it’s out of mind. For this reason, SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough is available to help you during your spring cleaning. Our crews and technicians are available to make sure your home is ready for the next season of the year; because we understand that it’s out with the old and in with the new. After all, “spring is the time for plans and projects.”

Earth Day

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

One of our favorite things about serving the Marion and Middleborough community is seeing all of the beautiful views our area has to offer. Whether that’s Ned’s Point Light, the lakes in Lakeville, or the Freetown and Massasoit State Forests, our little slice of Earth is special and rare. Which is why SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough is so invested in making sure we do our part in keeping these areas safe from harmful chemicals. By offering a full line of green products, we are dedicated to ensuring our community stays safe from pollutants that can harm the environment. This Earth Day, we reflect on all that this planet means to us and how we can ensure it stays around for a long time. Whether that’s choosing paper over plastic, using reusable shopping bags or water bottles, or simply using energy efficient light bulbs. Let’s make sure to do our part in keeping her safe, after all, she’s the only one we have. 

Why Choose SERVPRO for your Water Damage Emergency?

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford South is your one solution for all residential or commercial needs

We're Glad you Asked!

SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford South is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford South has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About Us

SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford South specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

ATTN: Business Owners

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Make sure your business is looking it's best with SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough

Odds are that you know SERVPRO is an industry leader when it comes to commercial fire and water clean-up and restoration. And that we are available to respond to your businesses fire and water emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also have access to resources of a nationwide network of 1,700 franchises, which means no project is too big for us to handle.

Something that you may not be aware of is that we are so much more than just a fire and water clean-up service! We offer professional services to get your business looking its best. Maybe your office’s carpets could use freshening up, or maybe your restaurant’s kitchen could use a deep cleaning. How dirty are those A/C vents? Imagine how dirty the air ducts are on the inside! We have the right cleaning tools and products to get the job done.

You can depend on SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough to get your workplace looking its very best.

Call us today at 508-946-2397

Check out Our Fleet!

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Our Fleet

Our SERVPRO Green Fleet is constantly Growing!  

We take pride in our work and appearance.  You can tell by the pride we all share for our vehicles. Let's face it, cars and trucks are one of the fun parts about what we get to do each and every day. 

Next time you see one of us on the road, feel free to give us a wave!

With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO for all of your needs, whether it be water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, cleaning services, the list goes on…

Dirty Carpets? We Can Fix That

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

A Carpet after the SERVPRO Standard of Cleaning

Did you know? We do Carpet Cleaning!

Check out this carpet cleaning job we did, can you believe how clean it is? Your carpet could look this good too after SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough is done with it!

Carpet cleaning is an important routine that you don't want to ignore. Dirt hides in the deepest fibers of the material and is an important contributor in the shelf life of your investment. Because constant changing of your carpet is expensive, you have to take care of it to save money. It is important to keep it clean at all times. 

With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO for all of your needs, whether it be water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, cleaning services, the list goes on…

The SERVPRO Standard

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

WHY SERVPRO

How familiar are you with SERVPRO? How about a little reminder about what we can do for you and your family? Did you know that with over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, we have highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. 

Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on us for these residential services and more:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Air Duct Cleaning
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building Services

Tips on Buying a Home

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Make sure your future home is in good condition before and after purchase

Buying a house is easy and fun, right?

Buying and selling real estate can be fun I suppose, but it can also unearth a number of issues with the properties. Previous owners may have had pets that left stains on carpets, or were heavy smokers and there is staining and the smell is just lingering. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough has partnered with many local Realtors to make sure that the homes being sold and purchased in our area are move in ready.

If you’re looking to sell your home and just want to have the carpets freshened up for the new owner, we can usually provide service with about a week notice. Maybe you just purchased a new home and you want to make sure the duct work is clean and allergen free, we can take care of that as well.

If you’re a real estate agent, keep us in mind for your clients’ needs. We offer many services, such as mold remediation and nicotine cleaning, to help your real estate transactions go off without a hitch.

We're only a phone call away at 508-946-2397!

Be Prepared for WHEN it Happens...

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

It's not IF, it's WHEN

When it comes to life's emergencies, more often than not it is not a matter of IF they will happen- it is WHEN they will happen. You can never fully prevent them from occurring, but home and business owners can however take steps to prepare for and try to prevent disasters that may occur to their property.

An ice dam forms causing your roof to leak, a pipe bursts, a storm blows in dozens of gallons or water..... chances are your home or business may eventually suffer some sort of emergency. SERVPRO professionals are trained to respond quickly and efficiently when mitigating your business. When your home or business is under water, every minute counts. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough is available and ready to respond 24/7 and make it "Like it never even happened." Call us if you need us at 508-946-2397.

The SERVPRO Advantage

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Know the right choice, know SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough

“Hi, I need to file a claim” 

The dreaded words no insurance agent or adjuster wants to hear because it usually means an accident or disaster has happened to your customer. After checking to see if they are alright, you will then begin to make some calls to make sure your customer is well taken care when they need you most. So how do you choose who to call when your customer is depending on you to make their disaster disappear? 

By choosing SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro, your customer can rest in knowing that although damage is done, it’s certainly not irreversible. Since restoration is our first priority, we work by the rule to “Restore whenever possible, replace only when necessary.” At SERVPRO, our professionals conduct pretesting to determine the restorability of every loss. 

Our restore vs. replace approach guarantees a faster turnaround time that will get your customer back in their home quicker while also reducing the amount of claim costs. As an insurance professional, you’ll also appreciate holding us to our word through our transparent itemized loss inventory in an Excel formatted report. This report also includes photos of important items so you’ll know exactly what work was performed. 

In addition to our itemized loss inventory, our Claims Information Center provides you with all of the necessary information to make the right decisions such as:

  • A Complete Electronic Job File
    • First Notice of Loss
    • Detailed Estimate
    • Digital Loss Photos
    • Scanned Forms and Paperwork
    • All delivered by email or hard copy
  • Access to All Files
    • New Assignments
    • Pending Jobs
    • Completed Jobs

With so many advantages and services SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro offers, it’s easy to see why we are the preferred disaster restoration company for so many insurance agencies. You and your customer can rest assured knowing our trained IICRC professionals are on the job and making your customer’s disaster “Like it never even happened.” 

SPRING into Warmer Weather with SERVPRO

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Bubbling indicates trapped water in or under the carpet

Did you suffer a Water Damage this Winter that effected your Carpeting?

The SERVPRO standard of carpet and upholstery cleaning will not only extract that water and grime stuck in your carpet, it’ll also remove any unwanted dust and dirt. A professionally dried and cleaned carpet will make all the difference in freshening up your home and improving indoor air quality. The major casualties of a flooded home is flooring, particularly carpets. Once it's soaked, both it and the underlying padding will potentially need replacing, which is an added expense that most homeowners would like to avoid. In the case of heavy flooding, whether it's from a natural disaster, broken appliance, burst pipe, or other water emergency, many people think that there's no chance their carpet can ever be saved – but you can rest assured SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough will be there to make it “Like it never even happened.”

How to tell if Your Hot Water Heater is going bad

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Does your hot water heater look like this? It maybe time to replace it

Is your Hot Water Heater on it's way out?

Hot water heaters will typically last you between 10-15 years. When internal components become corroded and mineral build up occurs, your heater can begin to leak. Without correction, this small leak can turn into something more serious – and you may find yourself with a basement full of water. Below are some telltale signs that your hot water heater is on its way out, and some simple maintenance you can do to prevent disaster.

  1. Check

Check for power if there is no hot water. While no hot water can be a sure sign that the water heater has failed, it could also mean the pilot light is out or the circuit breaker tripped.

  1. Examine

Examine the water that comes out of the hot faucet. If it appears rusty, this signals an upcoming failure of your water heater. Look for signs of muddy water or increased sediment in the water tank. Attach a hose to the drainage bib on the water heater, turn the unit off and drain it to examine its contents. Muddy water or increased sediment signals a potential failure of your water heater. When flushing the water heater, remember that the water that comes out of the hose bib at the front of the water heater is going to be extremely hot, as it will not be mixed with cold water. Use caution when flushing the water heater to avoid getting burned. Smell or taste the water. If the hot water has a metallic taste to it, this indicates that the water heater is close to breaking down.

  1. Listen

Pay attention to the noises your water heater makes. While there will be normal sounds as the water heats, loud cracks and pops indicate an interaction between the heating elements inside the heater and the scale and mineral deposits built up on them.

  1. Address

Take immediate action if you see leaking water around the water heater where none has leaked before. Disconnect the electricity or turn off the gas to the unit and let the water cool down before attempting to remove and replace the water heater. Leaking water indicates an internal failure in the water heater.

*Information Courtesy of SF Gate - Home Guides

Got Mold? Yes you do! – Middleboro, MA 02346

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is everywhere whether you realize it or not.

Understanding Mold

Did you know mold is everywhere?

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – (508) 999-2380

"I ain't afraid of no mold" – Middleborough, MA 02344

1/16/2019 (Permalink)

Types of mold.

“I ain’t afraid of no mold!” Can you picture yourself saying that as you’re rolling up your sleeves ready to tackle your moldy mess on your own? Well before you do, here are some things to consider-

What is mold?

Mold is a common type of fungus that thrives in moist, warm conditions. As it is an important part of the ecosystem, it can be a nuisance when it is found in your home or business. Mold is able to reproduce by releasing spores that can be carried through air, water or even animals. There are many different kinds of molds out there.

Some signs of mold are:

  • A strange odor
  • Appearance of mold
  • Known moisture source

If you notice moisture around your home or business or detect a strange odor and are not sure if there is mold present, it is best to call a professional to come in and look at it. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough specializes in mold remediation and offer free estimates as well!

Here are some common areas of moisture/warmth where mold can grow:

  • Roof leaks
  • Indoor plumbing leaks
  • Outdoor drainage problems
  • Damp basements/ crawl spaces
  • Steam from bathroom/kitchen
  • Condensation on cool surfaces
  • Humidifiers
  • Wet clothing drying inside of the home
  • Poor or improper ventilation of heating or cooking appliances

Although you may think simply wiping it away or putting bleach on it will solve the problem, chances are you could spread it, make it airborne and could cause more potential problems. It is always best to contact a professional. Give SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough a call at (508) 946-2397

Reference: New York State/Department of Health

Duct, Duct, Goose! – Rochester, MA 02770

1/10/2019 (Permalink)

Before & After an Air Duct cleaning.

Don’t you just love that clean air smell? Of course you do! Who doesn’t? But has that ever prompted you to think of what lurks in your buildings Air Ducts?

When it comes to air duct cleaning, not many people think about it. But according to the NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaning Association) “If your air ducts look dirty, they probably are.”

Though we clean thoroughly, we generate a lot of air pollutants such as dander, dust and chemicals. These air pollutants get sucked into the HVAC system and can circulate up to 7 times a day on average. Over the course of a year this causes buildups that amount to roughly 40 pounds of buildup for a house annually. Can you imagine what it is for a commercial building? The U.S. Department of energy has said that “25 to 40 percent of the energy used to heat/cool a home (or business) is wasted. When it’s not cleaned it makes it run harder and can make for a shorter life span.”

Having your Air Ducts Cleaned has it's Benefits:

  • Helps restore efficiency
  • Helps reduce potential of mold growth
  • May help with offensive odors

SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough specializes in air duct cleanings. Once our professionals inspect your commercial duct system, they have the equipment and the expertise to get the job done.

The next time you’re wondering what kind of party is going on in your air vents, give SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough a call at (508) 946-2397

*Resource: NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaning Association)

What the Hail? – Freetown, MA 02717

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

Hail comes in all shapes and sizes.

“How about this weather we’re having?” Have you heard or used this conversation starter lately? If you have, odds are it wasn’t in relation to a hailstorm, especially around here. Although hailstorms are not very common in this area, here are some helpful tips just in case those “golf balls” start to fall from the sky!

Preparing for a hailstorm

 If you have time to get prepared before a hailstorm here are some helpful tips to go by:

-It is best to store (if possible) vehicles, boats and other expensive items in a garage.

- Placing garbage bins, patio furniture, umbrellas and umbrella stands into a closed area such as a shed. This can help prevent further damage to your home if winds pick up.

-Making sure all doors and windows are closed.

-Closing blinds and curtains can help keep shattering glass from blowing towards you and your family while seeking shelter inside.

 -Check trees around your home. If you have large branches close to the house it is best to trim them down. These branches can cause more damage during a storm if they were to break off and hit your homes windows.

-Checking your roof is another good step towards preparedness. If you see any broken shingles, getting them replaced right away can help lessen the damage from a hailstorm.

What is hail?

According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hail is a form of solid precipitation that occurs when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere where they freeze into little balls. They can range from pea size to the size of a grapefruit. As hail is denser and hits with a lot more force than rain does it causes far more damage. According to NOAA, hail causes up to $1 billion in damages to crops and property each year.

Hopefully this never happens to you, but 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.

*Reference: National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Holiday Travel Tips – Middleboro, MA. 02346

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

Travel Safe this Holiday Season, and Always Prepared!

With the holidays in full effect, it’s important to note safe travel practices before heading out on the road this year. Below you’ll find ways to help ensure a safe departure this holiday season - Read on to learn more!

  • Prepare your Vehicle for Long Distance

Check your wipers and fluids. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced. Simple maintenance can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the road.

  • Plan Ahead

Before you get on a highway, know your exit by name and number, and watch the signs as you near the off-ramp. Drivers making unexpected lane changes to exit often cause accidents.

  • Do not cut in front of large trucks

Remember that trucks are heavier and take longer to make a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them.

  • Beware of truck blind spots

When sharing the road with large trucks, be aware of their blind spots. If you can't see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, then the truck driver can't see you.

  • Check your emergency kit.Contents should include a battery-powered radio, flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, maps, tire-repair kit and flares.
  • Keep your eyes on the road

 Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. Even just two seconds of distraction time doubles the chances of an accident. Use your cell phone when stopped and never text while driving.

  • Leave early and avoid risks

 Leave early so you won't be anxious about arriving late and to accommodate delays. Road conditions may change due to inclement weather or traffic congestion.

  • Avoid extreme weather conditions

Ice, hail and snow make roads difficult to travel. Try to avoid driving through extreme weather conditions, and travel during daylight.

  • Remove ice and snow from your vehicle

Clear snow from your windows and roof to ensure that you have maximum visibility and are not creating a hazard for the vehicle behind you. Don't allow ice and snow to create additional blind spots on your vehicle.

  • Beware of the vehicle in front of you

Leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front so you can avoid snow and ice blowing onto your windshield or maneuver around patches of ice.

  • Slow down

With the extra highway congestion due to holiday travel, speeding becomes even more dangerous. Allow plenty of space cushion and reduce your speed.

  • Buckle up

Safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent and are a simple way to increase your safety on the road.

*Information courtesy of the American Trucking Associations

Are you Emergency Ready? Middleborough, MA 02346

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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, and 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)

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)

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 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)

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.

Fire: The Double Edged Sword - Rochester, MA 02770

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

With Over 50 Years of Restoration Experience, SERVPRO is the Leading Choice in Fire Cleanup & Restoration Services.

Can't Live With It, Can't Live Without It...

Fire is one thing we cannot live without, but it can cause great damage if not properly handled. Below, you'll find we've pulled together a list of several possible causes of fire loss.

These reasons range from protein fire whereby you forget food in your microwave which ends up burning, to something more sudden such as a furnace malfunction. Whichever the cause, recovering from a fire loss can be simplified if you get the right service providers.

Damages Related to a Fire Loss

The most devastating thing about a fire is that it creates more disaster than just burning. After the firefighters leave the fire scene, you are left with more to deal with including soot damage, smoke damage, water damage from firefighting efforts, and the need to improve indoor air quality.

What should a Fire Cleanup Team Do?

Consider SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough. Our restoration professionals are a team of well-trained FRST, OCT and WRT certified specialists. A team that will respond promptly to your call for help and wield powerful & beneficial chemicals and equipment that will make the fire cleanup process fast and effective. Continue reading to learn our protocol on fire damage restoration & remediation.

The Effects of Soot 

Soot damage will not only have befallen on the walls, but also on furniture, carpets and even upholstery after a fire. Our team is trained to clean all properties and dry them out to avoid mold formation. Every corner of the premises should be cleaned up thoroughly leaving it as it was during pre-fire condition.

Cleaning properties such as carpets and sofa sets might require added attention. Small pieces of glass may very well have landed on these items and embedded themselves within. Also, they might have accumulated a lot of soot and smoke smell. In this case, SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough will be ready with the right chemicals to help restore your property. 

Procedure to Follow When Remediating a Fire

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances your property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. Our specialized equipment, specific training and certifications allow us to restore your home back to pre-fire condition.

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. You can rest assured that our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. 

If You're Concerned about Fire Damage, Call us for a Complimentary Consultation Today at (508) 946-2397.

Winter is Coming... to New England

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 4th at 2:00 a.m.!

It’s that time of year again…

It’s time to FALL BACK! The U.S. Fire Administration recommends that Daylight Saving Time be a reminder for you to change the batteries in your smoke and fire detectors, and ensure that they’re working properly. To test that your alarms are working, you should: 

  1. Station a family member at the furthest point away from the alarm to help make sure the alarm can be heard everywhere in your home
  2. Press and hold the test button on the smoke detector. It can take a few seconds to begin, but a loud, siren-like noise should emanate from the smoke detector while the button is pressed.

It is important to remember that this protocol is recommended at both the beginning and end of Daylight Saving Time to make certain that your alarms are in safe, working condition in the event of a fire.

We hope this blog has been informative and resourceful for your home and that the end of Daylight Saving Time is good to you!

Molds You Don’t Want to Mess With

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Toxic Black Mold Thriving on Drywall

Harmful or Harmless?

Stachybotrys, Penicillium/Aspergillus, and Chaetomiumspp are all molds you don’t want to mess with... and that's just to name a few! These types of molds are commonly found within the home and can be extremely dangerous to your health if not handled properly or by a professional.

Stachybotrys, or black mold, are part of the Aspergillus family and are known to cause an array of human health problems. This type of mold is identified as being a greenish black, slimy mold that grows on waterlogged paper and wood. It should be noted that Stachybotrys does not grow on tile, linoleum or concrete.

Penicillium/Aspergillus are ubiquitous with one another; where one is present, the other is typically lingering close by. They are the most common mold species to appear in indoor air quality samples. Aspergillus is usually found in fabrics and damp wallboards while Penicillium are known to hide in decaying fabrics, wallpaper, house dust, and oddly enough… moist clipboards. It is also pretty amazing to think that the antibiotic penicillin derives from the mold penicillium

It can be argued that Chaetomiumspp are the most dangerous of these three species, causing a slew of health problems. This species should be avoided at all costs.

With over 50 years of experience, the professionals at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro are proficient in dealing with the various strains of mold that may find their way into your home. If you think you are suffering from mold in your home or business, call us today for a free consultation at (508) 946-2397.

Fire Safety Tips you’ll Fall for this Season - Middleborough, MA

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let this happen to you!

As the cool fall weather starts to roll in, it is important to practice fire safety in the home to ensure your holiday season goes uninterrupted. Things like heating, holiday decorations, and candle burning can all leave room for disaster if not addressed properly.

Home Heating Safety Tips

Central Heating

If you heat your home centrally, it is important to have your system inspected and cleaned of any build up before the start of the fall season. A blocked air duct can be a potential fire hazard waiting to happen. Make sure to get your system routinely checked by a Certified HVAC professional, and call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro for any cleanings it may require.

Fireplace

You should have your chimney inspected every year to make sure it’s in safe, working condition. Utilize your local Chimney Sweeper when necessary, and have any cracks within the foundation of the chimney filled if need be. It is also advised that a fireplace screen be used to keep sparks within the pit, and unwanted debris out. Finally, you should never use gasoline or any other combustible substance to start a fire and most importantly, never under any circumstances leave a fire unattended!

Space Heater

Space heaters are a great resource for heating areas of the home that otherwise don’t receive a lot of air flow. There are many precautions to follow when relying on a space heater, though, which include making sure there is at least a 3-foot radius of empty space between your space heater and any other objects. You should also never place clothing or any other flammable articles on your space heater, and avoid putting it near furniture or curtains. Lastly, it is very important you turn off and unplug your space heater when leaving the house or going to bed to avoid the possibility of fire.  

Holiday Décor Safety Tips

Jack-O-Lanterns

Although Jack-O-Lanterns are a great way to add spook to your home during Halloween, you should never burn a real candle within one. Instead, try safer alternatives like a battery operated light.

Fried Turkey

One of the biggest fire starters on Thanksgiving Day are the infamous fried turkeys!

If you plan to deep fry your bird this Thanksgiving, we suggest you follow these tips so not to blow your house up;

  • Set up the fryer you’ll be using AT LEAST 10 feet away from the home, or any other structure for that matter, and make sure it is situated on a level surface
  • Make sure the turkey is thawed and dried out completely
  • Keep a watchful eye on the oil temperature

Christmas tree Lights

Make sure when leaving the house or going to bed you turn your Christmas tree lights off and unplug them. Christmas trees are beautiful, and we all want to show off our decorating skills, but leaving your lights on when away from the home is dangerous. You’ll also want to make sure you’re watering your tree enough to prevent the pines from becoming dry and brittle, whereas they are extremely flammable in this state.

5 Tips for Preventing Water Damage in the Home

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster!

5 Tips for Preventing Water Damage in the Home

With the New England weather changing faster than you can say “Wicked”, it can be hard to tell what season is coming next! Though through all of this, one thing remains constant here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro. The bulk of losses we cover are caused by some form of water damage. So, how can we as homeowners prevent this? Take a look at the list we’ve pulled together below for some helpful tips on making sure your home is prepared when disaster strikes.

  1. Inspect your Roof & Gutters

Inspect your roof by walking around the outside perimeter of your home to look for signs of sagging, aging and damage such as buckled or missing shingles.  

  1. Examine the inside of your Home; like Leaky Windows & Doors

Keep an eye on windows and doors during heavy rain fall to make sure no water is seeping in. If you do come to find that water is making its way into your home, try resealing around the frame with caulking. If the water persists, contact a local professional to have your siding inspected.

  1. Test that your Sump Pump is in good working condition

This can be performed by simply unplugging and plugging the pump back in. If the pump does not immediately turn back on, it is in need of repair.

Another way of testing your sump pump’s ability is by running water through it. You will only need enough water to lift the float until the pump kicks on. The pump kicking on will confirm that the pump is working properly.

  1. Check for any leaks coming from your Hot Water Heater

Inspect the area around your hot water heater to make sure no puddles have formed. Water around your heater typically indicates the temperature and pressure release valve have failed. This can lead to major water damage.

  1. Know the location of your Main Water Shut Off Valve

Out of all of these guidelines, this one may be the most important. You should know where your main water shut off valve is located in the event that water flow to your home be immediately terminated. It is important to note that as long as the water is coming from your homes water supply, you can shut it down quickly.

Flood vs. Seepage

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Diagram depicting how seepage occurs

Flood vs. Seepage; What's the Difference?

Are you experiencing unexplained water or moisture on your basement walls or floor? It may be caused by ground seepage.

Seepage is different from flooding and is treated like so by the insurance company.

Ground seepage is looked at as a maintenance problem, not “sudden & accidental” and is excluded from home insurance coverage.

It is important to recognize the difference between these two scenarios when purchasing home owners insurance to avoid any confusion when filing a future claim.

After contacting SERVPRO to come up with a specialized plan for drying and dehumidifying your basement, it is important you also talk with a water proofing professional about ways to prevent future damage to your basement.

Water Damage or Mold? Call us today at (508) 946-2397. 

Tenant Fires can cause Water Damage in your Apartment

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Firefighters Putting Out a Blaze after the Lawrence Gas Line Explosions

After the fire department leaves, you may experience water damage left behind from firefighting efforts. Unfortunately, we often find ourselves in these situations when we least expect to, and are typically unprepared for the aftermath.

You can rest assured that SERVPRO professionals will be ready 24/7 to attend to any damages left behind. Since 1967, we have been the leading restoration company for water remediation, and with over 1700 local franchises, you will always receive personable and attentive care to guarantee all of your needs are exceeded!

Open communication and transparency are traits we pride ourselves on before, during and after the water loss remediation process. Our technicians will first assess the extent of the damage and come up with a specialized plan to properly dry out the area and any contents that may have become water logged.

If you are suffering from water damage due to firefighting efforts, give yourself the peace of mind you deserve by calling us today to set up a free estimate!

508-946-2397

Pitter Patter, Pitter Patter...

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding to a Suburban Home after a Major Storm

“Where is that noise coming from?!” You ask yourself, as the pitter patter of unknown water damage grows louder. You look up, and suddenly… a water droplet hits you square between the eyes! Only then do you realize it’s coming from the upstairs bathroom!

But it’s already too late.

You’re left with sopping wet sheetrock in the shape of a large pumpkin.

“What now…?” You wonder.

The water damage restoration process begins as soon as you contact SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro. Our highly trained team of professionals will first assess the extent of damage by using industry leading tools such as moisture meters and thermographic cameras. This allows us to have a better understanding of how far the moisture has migrated in order to set up drying equipment accordingly.

Next, we will begin the water extraction process. Any excess water that may be left behind after a flood is quickly sucked up using our powerful pumps and vacuum units. This will prevent any secondary water damage from occurring and deter the possibility of mold growth.

After extraction, we follow a specialized drying & dehumidification process. Our industrial grade fans, air scrubbers and dehumidifiers are positioned just so to create a type of vortex (similar to that of a whirlpool) of leftover moisture to be drawn in from all corners of a room, wicked up, and trapped in our dehumidifiers.

Lastly, our team will clean and sanitize any restorable items damaged by the water. Using specially formulated antimicrobial's and deodorizers, your property will soon be back to pre-water damage condition and looking Like it never even happened!

Biohazards - What Are They?

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Bio-hazard Vector

Bio-hazardous Substances

SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough offers an array of bio-hazard cleanup services. Our highly trained team of technicians follow rigorous OSHA and EPA regulations when dealing with blood borne pathogens to ensure that a once unsafe environment is restored back to safe living conditions. If you or someone you know is suffering from a biologically hazardous situation, contact us today at (508) 946-2397.

What classifies as a Bio-hazard?

A bio-hazard is defined as being a risk to human or environmental health through biological work, especially with microorganisms. There are many forms of bio-hazards that some of us may come into contact with on a daily basis. For example, Waste Management Workers are exposed to infectious diseases in their working day-to-day lives. Luckily, with the help of modern medicine, we can protect ourselves from contracting some of those hazardous diseases (i.e. hepatitis A, B and tetanus) by receiving the proper vaccinations. Though, other forms of bio-hazardous materials are not as easy to prevent as receiving a shot in the arm.

Below is a list of common bio-hazard scenarios you’ll want to seek professional help for in the event of contact. Follow the link on each one to learn more about our cleanup protocol.

Sewage & Toilet Overflows

Trauma & Crime Scene

Volatile Materials

Carpet Cleanings – There’s more than meets the Eye!

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

A child plays with her two puppies on the living room carpet

What's in your Carpet?

When is it a good time to get your home or business carpets cleaned? You might be surprised by the answer. Carpet cleanings rely heavily on a number of factors, whereas there are a variety of different cleaning methods used that are not always one size fits all.

Before getting started, we’ll want to identify a few key factors about your carpet or area rug. This will help us decide which method to use when cleaning, in order to give you the best possible outcome for your carpet or rug.

  • What kind of material is your carpet made from?
  • Is your carpet short piled or long piled?
  • What type of traffic does your carpet see on a daily basis?
  • How soiled is your carpet? Light, moderate, heavy?
  • What is the colorfastness of your carpet?
  • When was the last time you had your carpets professionally cleaned, if ever, and by which method(s)?

After assessing these factors, our team will then decide on the proper procedures necessary for your carpet cleaning. These methods range from bonnet cleaning, to truck mounted extraction, to deluxe precondition & rinse, to showcase premier cleaning, and even dry cleaning.

Preventative maintenance is also an important aspect in preserving the life of a carpet, and professional cleaning is recommended once every 12 months. It is important to remember that carpeting acts as a filter; trapping food particles, dirt, gases and other soils like animal hair and dead skin cells. The better care you take of your carpet, the better it will age! If a high-traffic area is carpeted, we suggest that walk-off mats be laid down so as to not wear out the rug. Spot removal, regular vacuuming and changes in traffic patterns are also recommended as a preventative measure.

For all other carpet cleaning questions, or to set up a free consultation for the carpet in your home or business contact us at (508) 946-2397.

Team Member Tuesday - Danny

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Crew Chief; Daniel "Danny" Nelson

Meet Our Team!

Danny Nelson

Danny is a Crew Chief here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro and is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the cleaning and restoration process. Having been with us for five years, Danny has taken IICRC Water Damage Restoration classes to stay on top of his WRT certifications, as well as Carpet & Upholstery cleaning training courses. Danny is always eager to help in any way he can and is typically regarded as being a SERVPRO veteran!

Outside of work, Danny enjoys spending time with his family including his 7 month old son, playing basketball with his friends, and working on his Fantasy Football team. When asked about his favorite part of working at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro, Danny said “My favorite part is definitely the people I work with. I just love to help people, too, and I like that every day is different. From carpet cleaning, to water damages, to fire clean-ups… every day is different.”

If ever you may find yourself in need of our services, you can count on Danny as being just one of our incredible technicians to help make your problems Like it never even happened.

Team Member Tuesday - Brieanna

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Sales & Marketing Rep; Brieanna Wood

Meet Our Team!

Brieanna Wood

Brieanna is our newest Sales & Marketing Representative here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro. Although she has only been with us for a few months, she’s dove head first into her position and we are very excited to have her as part of our team! With a passion for Marketing, Brieanna attended Bristol Community College after graduating from New Bedford High School to obtain her Associates in Communications.

While working towards her degree, Brieanna began interning at the SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce, where she put her schooling to the test and learned valuable skills that would stick with her for years to come. Brieanna’s involvement at the Chamber allowed her to create valuable connections with other local businesses, which to this day she has been able to maintain. Her experience also helped lead her to the conclusion that Marketing is exactly what she wants to do as a career, and plans to finish her degree at some point in the future.

In the midst of school and her internship, Brieanna worked her way into management with her previous employer. Doing so shows that she has the drive and determination that we are looking for in our employees. There, she was able to hone her leadership skills while preparing herself professionally for her career with SERVPRO.

Outside of work, Brieanna enjoys spending quality time with her boyfriend, hanging out with friends, going to concerts and travelling to new and exciting places. Brieanna’s favorite part about working at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro has been the wonderful people she’s met and the relationships she’s been able to build with them, and with the people she works with!  She also enjoys being able to help people that are dealing with stressful situations and make their worries Like It Never Even Happened!

Team Member Tuesday - Joyce

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Administrative Assistant, Joyce Guilherme

Meet Our Team!

Joyce Guilherme

Joyce is a part of our Administrative team here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro and has been for the past two months.

Before SERVPRO, Joyce had worked in the Hospitality/Customer Service industry for eight years. The experience she has had suits her perfectly for her role at SERVPRO and ensures that customers are treated with empathy and helpfulness.

Outside of work, Joyce enjoys spending time with her fiancé and family, going to the beach, traveling and making new adventures. Joyce’s favorite part about working at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro is the tremendous amount of knowledge she’s learned in a relatively short period of time. And in addition to being able to help those in need, she loves the work environment and is excited to be part of the team!

Water Extraction & Remediation Process

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Residential Water Damage

Have you ever wondered what kind of work goes into remediating a flood? 

At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro, our WRT certified technicians are trained on how to remediate just about anything you may find yourself knee deep in. 

We utilize a set of standards like special drying equipment, and an algorithm of service that’s sure to dry out even the worst water damages. Take a look below to learn more about our water extraction process and remediation:

Water Removal / Water Extraction

Typically, hundreds or thousands of gallons of water are removed using our powerful pumps and vacuums during the water removal process. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro starts this process as soon as possible to minimize further damage and to help prevent mold growth.

Drying and Dehumidification

After the bulk of the water has been removed, we’ll use specialized equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. We use less intrusive, scientific drying methods to draw the remaining water and moisture from your property with air movers and dehumidifiers.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Water damage also affects your belongings, like furniture, clothing, and personal items. SERVPRO can clean restorable items using a number of specialized cleaning techniques. We also sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Restoration

The last step is restoring your home or business back to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration step can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.

Team Member Tuesday - Darcey

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Administrative Assistant, Darcey Prenda

Meet Our Team!

Darcey Prenda

Darcey is part of our Administrative team at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro and has been with us for eight months. Before SERVPRO, Darcey had worked as a Production Supervisor for eight years at an asset retrieval company. Her experience has contributed to the skills necessary for her role at SERVPRO, and is known around the office as being a ray of sunshine. She continually brings peace of mind to our customers, as well as our team, through her incredible multitasking skills and calm persona.

Outside of work, Darcey enjoys spending time with her family, including her fiancée and two sons. She enjoys going to the beach with her kids, spending time at the playground, and watching and playing basketball as a family. When Darcey is off mommy duty, she enjoys pampering herself and shopping.

Darcey’s favorite part about working at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro has been the knowledge she’s learned about the restoration process, as well as the opportunity it’s brought. During her time with us, she’s also become a certified Notary Public. On top of the ability to help those in need, Darcey loves the work environment at SERVPRO and is happy to be part of such an awesome team!

Why SERVPRO?

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Faster To Any Size Disaster

IICRC Trained & Certified

Our technicians are trained through The IICRC Training Program. IICRC is a standard-setting non-profit organization for inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries, like ourselves. On top of the already rigorous training our Production Technicians and Crew Chiefs go through with IICRC, they are also certified as:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)

This four-day course covers mold and sewage remediation techniques and how to perform these procedures in the field while protecting the health and safety of workers and occupants on your property.

  • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)

Technicians learn to dry water-damaged structures efficiently and effectively using monitoring devices, extraction systems, and drying equipment. This three-day course includes comprehensive classroom and hands-on training to develop technical and practical drying expertise.

  • Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT)

This two-day course covers pre-inspection, fabric identification, cleaning chemicals and equipment, and proper cleaning techniques for residential and commercial applications.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT)

Technicians will learn about types of smoke and fire damage, job planning, equipment, and practical cleaning procedures in fire and smoke settings. This two-day course also includes instruction on odor and deodorization concepts.

  • Odor Control Technician (OCT)

Technicians learn to address odors and deodorization techniques. This one-day course covers odor control caused by biological sources such as decomposition, urine contamination, mold, and other sources.

  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT)

Technicians learn fiber identification and upholstery cleaning methods. This two-day course also covers identifying upholstery cleaning problems before fabrics shrink, bleed, crown, or distort.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)

This three-day course covers the concepts of water damage and its effects in residential and commercial settings. Technicians learn techniques and procedures to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold.

* IICRC – Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification

Locally Owned and Operated with Nationwide Resources

For 25 years, SERVPRO has been serving the communities of Dartmouth & New Bedford, along with its surrounding areas. Within that time, we’ve gone through some major changes. We’ve undergone a change in ownership, as well as an expansion in territory (double to what it was before!) We are honored to be your first choice in cleanup & restoration, and look forward to serving the community for many more years to come. 

No Job Too Big or Too Small

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster, at any given time. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

If your home or Business has suffered a Recent Loss, Contact us at (508) 999-2380

Team Member Tuesday - Chris

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Marketing Manager, Chris Johnson

Meet Our Team!

Chris Johnson

Chris is the Marketing Manager at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro and brings with him over 20 years of sales and marketing experience. Chris’s knowledge and experience with relationship & social media marketing, event planning and restoration services makes him a great asset that we are lucky to have! Over the years, Chris has been able to build strong relationships with local business owners, sales professionals and various others in the communities we serve. He’s very active with the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce and the SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce, serving as an Ambassador for both. In addition to being a Chamber Ambassador, Chris is the President of Bristol County Business Connect (BCBC) East, a Board member for Westport Business to Business, was named Affiliate of the Year with the Realtors Association of South Eastern Mass (RASEM) and serves on multiple committees for various organizations.

Utilizing his Culinary Arts Degree, Chris was in the restaurant business for over a decade, managing restaurants and cafe's from Nantucket to California! To add to his management skills, Chris has owned his own cleaning company as well as his own insurance business for 8 years. His experience in these two industries has him well equipped with the skills necessary for his position here at SERVPRO.

Some interesting facts about Chris include him being a proud father of two, a foodie, and the fact that he's driven cross country twice when moving back and forth from California! Chris’s favorite part about working for SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro has been building strong relationships and using those connections to help others succeed, coupled with the fact that he’s been able to help people going through disasters get their lives back to normal, kind of Like it never even happened!

Team Member Tuesday - Matt

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Production Technician, Matt

Meet Our Team!

Matt Rebello

Matt is a Production Technician with SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro and has six months experience working in the world of cleanup & restoration. Matt is extremely knowledgeable in this line of work thanks to his past, and has shown himself to be a great addition to our SERVPRO family. His experience includes HVAC installation & maintenance, which he attended Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School for, and learned how to install, repair, replace and maintain HVAC systems for homes and businesses in a range of building types. This skill has allowed him to work in a variety of settings and assist our customers with any questions or concerns they may have about their own system.

Outside of work, Matt enjoys spending time with his two daughters and fiancée, as well as fishing, camping, going to the beach and watching & playing sports such as baseball, basketball and football. A fun fact about Matt is he lived in Las Vegas for five years! Matt’s favorite part about working for SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro is tackling a new challenge every day and to the best of his ability, to ensure our customers disasters were handled in a way that makes them “Like it never even happened.”

Monday's Motivation

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Cupcakes are muffins that believed in miracles

When you think a situation is hopeless, you have to remind yourself that anything is possible. When in the thick of it all, take a step back and analyze everything that is happening. Only then will you realize what the next step is to take. If that next step involves us, you can count on the professionals at SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford to make things “Like it never even happened.”

From water, fire, and mold, to everything else in between, our highly trained staff work miracles for your home or business- no disaster is too big or too small for us! The next time you’re feeling like a muffin, let us make you feel like the cupcake you were born to be. We’ll be here 27/7/365 for all of your cleanup & restoration needs.

Contact us at (508)946-2397 or by email office@SERVPRO10157.com

Team Member Tuesday - Shamere

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Production Technician, Shamere

Meet Our Team!

Shamere Smith

Shamere is the newest member of our SERVPRO family and part of our Production Team here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro. Shamere’s background includes serving four years in the United States Army.

Serving in the 82nd airborne infantry division, Shamere was able to advise and assist Iraqi security forces while also completing one tour in Baghdad. Shamere now serves one weekend a month on duty, and two weeks a year in training with the Army Reserves. We thank him for his service! In his free time, Shamere enjoys going out with friends, and hobbies such as basketball. He is a member of the American Legion which is an organization that supports and advocates for veterans and active military along with their families. Shamere’s favorite part of working at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro is the ability to work with people, all while helping make disasters “Like it never even happened.”

Team Member Tuesday - Jordin

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Our Estimator/Crew Chief, Jordin

Meet Our Team!

Jordin Desnoyers

Jordin is our Estimator/Crew Chief and has been with SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro for 10 years, with 13 years overall industry experience. He has truly seen everything there is to see in this business and is typically referred to as a walking textbook of Disaster Cleanup & Restoration knowledge. When Jordin isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his daughter and fiancée, along with playing sports such as basketball and tennis after work and on the weekends. He is also on a Billiards League that meets locally. Jordin’s favorite aspect about working for SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro is the ability to help people in their time of need. He is ready at all times for any size disaster and looks forward to making every single one of them "Like it never even happened."

A Wide Range of Commercial Services

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Property Services are our Specialty

How Can We Help Your Commercial Property?

When you find your business in need of a professional cleaning or restoration service, SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro’s got you covered with a wide range of cleaning options to get your commercial property looking and feeling like new. To learn more, check out the list we’ve pulled together below.

Commercial Cleaning Services

Commercial Restoration Services

When you find yourself in need of our professional emergency or restoration services, give us a call at (508)999-2380.

Damage from a Fire Caused to your Home or Business? Why we're the Ones to Call - Rochester, MA 02770

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

We're Ready for when Fire Damage Strikes

Why SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro?

When fire, smoke and soot happen, the effects can be devastating. At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro, our staff is dedicated to responding immediately to your fire damage emergency. With a 24/7 emergency response system, our crew is ready to load up and ship out to your home or business and start working immediately to help prevent further damage to the property and reduce the restoration cost.

Learn more about the SERVPRO Standard

The Premier Disaster Cleanup & Restoration Specialists in the Industry

As the leading fire and water restoration specialists in the industry, we pride ourselves on the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to get your home or business back to the way things were before disaster struck. Listed below are just a few areas of service we specialize in when restoring damage from a fire:

Restore vs. Replace - How Our Restoration Mentality Benefits You

Our “restore first” mentality helps to lower the cost of monies spent or paid out when trying to recuperate after a loss. This focus relies heavily upon our training, equipment and core values as a company.

Learn more about our companies Restoration Process

Got Commercial Water Damage? Marion, MA 02738

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding After a Large Tropical Storm

It’s Monday. Your schedule for the week is packed with meetings and appointments. It’s going to be a long one, but you’re feeling confident in tackling all of what’s in front of you. Just as you step foot into your business to begin the day… the unexpected happens.

You’re greeted by a sopping wet carpet, and the uncertainty of what to do next.

Faster to Any Size Disaster

When water damage presences itself in your business, don’t let it slow you down – with our 24-hour emergency response teams and highly trained water damage restoration specialists, you can rest assured that your business will be back up and running in no time. NO job is too big or too small for us!

Learn more about our Training & Certification Requirements

Commercial Water Restoration is no Challenge for Us

  • Inspection and Water Damage Assessment
  • Water Removal/Water Extraction
  • Structural Drying and Dehumidification
  • Cleaning and Repair
  • Restoration

Learn more about the Water Damage Restoration Process

National Small Business Week 2018

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

National Small Business Week Poster 2018

Happy National Small Business Week! We'd like to take the time today to recognize all of you who've made the courageous decision of following your dreams, and congratulate you on the success of this crazy rewarding journey we call entrepreneurship!

Opening a business can be scary. Anything from pipe bursts, pest infestations, sewage backups, or even vandalism & graffiti can go awry and add to the list of things that need to get done. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro understand that better than anyone else, and it's been our privilege to come in and make things Like it never even happened!

This past April, we celebrated 5 years of serving the community. It's been a wild ride, with up's and down's like any business, but there's nothing we'd rather be doing than lending a helping hand to those who need it most.

HVAC and Asthma - Lakeville, 02347

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

World Asthma Day Poster

Dust mites, mold, cockroaches & pests, secondhand smoke and pet fur & dandruff... what do these all have in common? They are airway irritants, commonly found in the home, and are responsible for triggering 80% of all asthma attacks. Asthma, which is a chronic infection of the lungs that causes difficulty in breathing and inflammation & narrowing of the air passages, effects 25 million people, or 8% of the population, in the U.S. alone.

Poor indoor air quality is often the biggest culprit in triggering an asthma attack. Having your air ducts and HVAC systems routinely cleaned of dust, pollen, odors, dirt & debris, and other contaminants is an effective way of neutralizing asthma related irritants.

On this World Asthma Day, we encourage you to look into the variety of services we offer to help remedy your long term exposure to these allergens.

To see a full list of services offered, click here

Air Quality Awareness Week; April 30 - May 4

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

#AirQualityAwarenessWeek2018

Happy Air Quality Awareness Week! Here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro, nothing is more important to us than ensuring that the air you breath in your homes and businesses is the absolute purest of quality. In doing so, we proudly follow EPA regulatory guidelines.

For the last 20 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has remained committed to bringing you the latest information on air quality. They've worked tirelessly on building their air quality maps, and stand out as the leading resource in readily available and current air quality information and forecasts for ozone and particle pollution from over 500 cities.

Some common air pollutants include:
Lead
Sulfur Dioxide 
Particulate Matter
Nitrogen Dioxide
Carbon Monoxide
Ground-Level Ozone

To learn more about how air quality effects your health and see what steps you can take in reducing your contribution to air pollution, head over to https://www.airnow.gov/.

Don't forget to show your support for Air Quality Awareness Week by using the hashtag #AQAW2018!

Why SERVPRO? - Middleboro, MA 02346

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro has the resources to help you resume 'business as usual' quicker!

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

No Job Is Too Large

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

If your business suffers a major loss, call (508) 946-2397.

Disaster Recovery Team

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

Brutally Cold Start to 2018! - Southeastern, MA

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro on scene after a 4" water-main malfunction caused over 50,000 gallons of water to flood one local high school.

SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro rang in the New Year with all hands on deck! Here on the South Coast, several consecutive weeks of freezing  temperatures led to numerous residential and commercial pipe-bursts. We also experienced a duration of heavy snow and rain precipitation. These combined circumstances contributed to a large demand for immediate water mitigation of many homes and businesses. The most public of which was a local High School that had a 6 inch water main let go overnight. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro was called immediately to extract & dry over 50 thousand gallons of water that affected the various areas of the school. Restoring order to ‘business as usual’ for government facilities & businesses are of high priority. We take pride in working diligently to make things ‘Like it never even happened’ and limit any loss of use for city officials and business owners.

If you need dependable, fast & effective  emergency services call our 24-Hour emergency line (508)946-2397

Characteristics of Alternaria- Marion, MA 02738

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Alternaria is a residence.

Plant mold but easily enters home

Commonly found in soil, plants or other vegetation.

Black color & velvet or fuzzy in nature

Exposure in the home caused by spores entering from an outdoor source (plants, flowers, dirt) often tracked in from shoes

Growth peaks from Spring to Fall

Can cause rhinitis, provoke issues with those who suffer from mold allergies & is a known risk for asthma

Thrives in dry, windy conditions as well as wet conditions

Growth in windy conditions can easily transport spores into the home through open doors & windows

Grows in damp areas of the home, under sinks is common

Often found after water damage or flooding, in showers or window frames.

Call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro today at (508)946-2397 if you are in need of mold remediation services 

Black Mold/Stachybotrys - E.Freetown, MA 02717

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

We can make it "Like it never even happened"

Stachybotrys is more commonly referred to as 'Black Mold' here are some identifying characteristics 

Prone to indoor growth

Typically dark brown to black in color

Looks: slimmy, sooty or like grayish white strands

Many other mold types can look similar

Needs moisture, nutrient source, temperature & time

Standing water or 90% or higher relative humidity for germination or growth to begin

However, growth can continue even if surface water dries and relative humidity drops to 70%

Thrives on natural materials (ceiling tiles, drywall, wallpaper, etc)

Tends to develop after 1 to 2 weeks vs 1 to 2 days with other molds.

If you find mold in your home or business SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro can help. Call us today (508)946-2397 for a free on-site estimate 

Winter Weather Worry - Melted Snow - Middleboro, MA 02346

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

A good tool to use when calculating melted snow amounts.

Snow to Rain Ratio 

Ever wonder what how much rain or water forms an inch of snow? When the snow melts, and streets and basements flood and ice dams allow back-flow of water into your home, you may be asking yourself just that. Depending on the density of the snow it can range from 10-15” equals 1” of water. The simplest way to remember this is that 1 foot of snow equals 1 inch of water. Density is dependent on the outside temperature. Typically the warmer the weather the lighter the snowflakes and the less moisture they contain. The ratio is not one fixed rate however weather forecasters and similar occupations use this as a baseline estimation.

So as all this snow, that southeastern Massachusetts has recently experienced, melts we advise all of our friends and neighbors to keep a keen eye on your roofs and basements. The frozen ground easily becomes overwhelmed with massive amount of snow we still have and if temperatures continue to rise steadily we will see influx of water with nowhere to go flooding homes and businesses.

If you experience any water damage issues call (508)946-2397 for a free on-site estimate to restore your building "Like it never even happened." 

Ice Dams, another Winter Weather Worry- Assonet, MA 02702

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

How a Ice dam forms

Here in New England, winter weather can result in more issues than icy roads and snow removal. Temperatures here are known to consistently drop well below the 32 degree freezing point. This drop in temperature increases your risk for major disasters to occur at your residential or commercial property. There are two major winter weather disasters that SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro encounters far too often during these frigid frozen temperatures.

The first and probably most commonly known: Frozen Burst Pipes, typically caused by an extended or extreme freeze  the ruptured pipe may burst at the site of the ice blockage however it is typically caused by the backflow pressure created between the water source and the blockage.

Ice dams are another winter weather worry that we have frequent calls about during times of heavy snow and extreme cold. Ice dams occur when snow accumulation on a roof is heated by warm air exiting the home or business through the roof. The warm air melts a portion of the snow and the gutters build up with ice creating a dam for any additional melted to snow. When the water has nowhere to go it can back-flow under the roofs shingles and into the building’s interior. This can cause minimal to excessive water damage.  

To learn more about SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough's water restoration process and how we can help make it 'Like it never even happened." visit our website

Government Facilities need to stay open... Lakeville, MA 02347

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals responded quickly following the Pentagon's 9/11 attacks, fully completing the restoration process in just 90 days.

Even when they need to be cleaned or restored.

 When disaster strikes a government facility, SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro answers the call quickly to assess the damage and start mitigation procedures, helping to ensure minimum service interruption and lower recovery costs. Our team of professionals respond to disaster situations with the right personal and equipment to provide timely mitigation- the key to controlling damage, lowering recovery costs and minimizing interruption to the public and employees. From large disasters to those special cleaning needs that exceed the capabilities of a facility’s janitorial service, SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro is committed to timely response and total customer service.

The Pentagon: A Case Study

Following the events of September 11, 2001, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals were called upon to assist with the cleanup and restoration of the pentagon. In spite of the emotions and difficulties involved in the restoration effort, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals dried nearly 300,000 square feet in addition to providing fire, soot and smoke cleanup and restoration services. Upon completion of the drying assignment, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provided mold remediation services in other sections of the facility. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals met the challenge and completed the process in just 90 days

SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro is ready to respond to your emergency call 24/7/365 to get your facility to be "Like it never even happened." Call us today for your Free On-site Estimate (508)946-2397

Preventing Frozen and Burst Water Pipes- Marion, MA

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

We're here to help

Preventing Frozen and Burst Water Pipes- Marion, MA

Did you know, in just one day, 250 gallons of water can be discharged from a pipe crack as small as 1/8 inch. So, it's imperative to be proactive and take action to protect your home. Drastic drops in winter temperatures can cause extensive water damage as pipes begin to freeze and burst, causing damage to walls, ceilings, floors, carpets, furniture and other possessions. Even a small crack in your water pipe can leak enough water to flood your home. 

What to do Right Away to Prevent Water Damage from Frozen Pipes

Before extreme weather strikes, preparation is key to prevent water damage before it occurs. When temperatures dip, take these immediate steps to prevent water damage:

  • Open kitchen & bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around water pipes. Insulate pipes when possible.
  • Open water taps throughout the house to allow water to drip and to keep water pipes from freezing.
  • When going out of town, keep thermostat at a minimum of 55 degrees and ask a trusted neighbor or friend to watch your home for possible leaks. Also, turn your water off and drain water supply lines.

Keep in mind that homeowners’ insurance are more likely to pay your water damage claim if you can show that you've done your due diligence and maintained your property in a reasonable manner.

Prevent Frozen Pipes from Bursting

When pipes freeze in sub-zero weather and then thaw out as temperatures rise, frozen pipes tend to crack and burst, which causes water leaks and flooding. If you discover a frozen pipe in your home, you can still prevent it from bursting and causing water damage.

  • Turn off the main water supply.
  • Turn and leave your water taps on.
  • Remove any valuables and household possessions from the area that might be exposed to water damage if the frozen pipe bursts.
  • Gradually thaw out the ice in the frozen pipe by melting it with a heat pack. Begin applying heat at the area that is closest to the tap and slowly move further away towards the rest of the frozen pipe.

Call SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro When Frozen Pipes Burst

If you are faced with an emergency water damage situation in your home or business property, give SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro a call at 508-946-2387. When dealing with water damage emergencies, immediate attention to the situation will minimize damage and prevent further loss. For an immediate remedy to any frozen pipe situation, contact us immediately.

Holiday Travel Tips- New Bedford, MA 02745

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Happy Holidays!

Many people choose to travel during the holidays by automobile, with the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation. In 2013, 343 people died on New Year's Day, 360 on Thanksgiving Day and 88 on Christmas Day, according to Injury Facts 2015. Alcohol-impaired fatalities represented 31% of the totals.

  • Use a designated driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday party; alcohol, over-the-counter or illegal drugs all cause impairment
  • Make sure every person in the vehicle is properly buckled up no matter how long or short the distance being traveled
  • Put that cell phone away; distracted driving causes one-quarter of all crashes
  • Properly maintain the vehicle and keep an emergency kit with you
  • Be prepared for heavy traffic, and possibly heavy snow
  • Keep a blanket, flashlight, water and some non-perishable food in your vehicle in case you become stranded. 
  • Print-out directions as back-up to your navigation. Service & software outages happen. 
  • Give yourself ample time to travel. Unexpected weather conditions can hinder drive time as well as all other means of transportation. 

Remember, when guests are staying in your home, make sure areas have night lights or easy-to-reach lamps in case they need to get up during the night. And, whether you are visiting someone else's home or you have guests in your home, make sure all medications are kept up and away and out of sight from young children.

These Holiday Safety Tips were provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission; in an effort to help everyone have a healthy & safe holiday season! From all of us at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! 

Importance of carpet cleaning- Freetown, MA 02717

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Tip:The average cost of new carpet & pad is $30-$40 per square yard, plus installation. Our average cost to clean & restore is about 35 cents/sq.ft.

Why is it important to shampoo your carpets periodically? Accumulated dirt, when left untreated, can lead to limiting the life of your carpet. If routine cleanings of the carpet are not performed dust mites and bacteria can cause health hazards. Staining is more likely to become permanent. Timely deep-cleaning is crucial to the ability to remove the stain before the soils fall deeper into carpet fibers and dries. Unsightly dirt buildup and stains in your business can have a negative impact of customers, leading them to subconsciously associate your business as being neglectful, unorganized and potentially not the right company for them to do business with.

According to Home Advisor, the average cost of new carpet & pad is $30-$40 per square yard, plus installation. Our average cost to clean & restore your existing carpets is about 35 cents/sq.ft. Imagine the savings, of prolonging the look and cleanliness with a carpet cleaning, compared to replacement costs. 

At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro We have specially formulated cleaning products developed by our scientists/chemists. If there is any stain we have not encountered we have access to the expertise of those who formulated our cleaning products for advice. All of our carpet cleaning technicians are IICRC trained and certified.

Call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro today for your free carpet cleaning estimate! (508)946-2397

Don't Give the Gift of Food Poisoning - Lakeville, MA 02347

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

In the case of an emergency call the Poison Control Hotline (800)222-1222

1 in 6 people are affected by Food Poisoning annually 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services does a wonderful job educating us with safety and wellness tips year-round. Here are some of their tips to help you prevent unexpected trips to the ER this holiday season: 

  • Do not rinse raw meat and poultry before cooking
  • Use a food thermometer to make sure meat is cooked to a safe temperature
  • Refrigerate food within two hours
  • Thanksgiving leftovers are safe for four days in the refrigerator
  • Bring sauces, soups and gravies to a rolling boil when reheating
  • When storing turkey, cut the leftovers in small pieces so they will chill quickly
  • Wash your hands frequently when handling food

In the case of an emergency call the Poison Control Hotline (800)222-1222

All of us here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro wish you & yours a Very Happy & Healthy Holiday!! 

Candles and Fireplace Safety - Middleboro, MA 02346

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Check out our full blog series of Holiday Safety Tips!

Thousands of deaths are caused by fires, burns and other fire-related injuries every year, and 12% of home candle fires occur in December, the National Fire Protection Association reports. Increased use of candles and fireplaces, combined with an increase in the amount of combustible, seasonal decorations present in many homes means more risk for fire.

  • Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle
  • Keep candles out of reach of children
  • Make sure candles are on stable surfaces
  • Don't burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items
  • Don't burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace
  • Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year

We here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro wish everyone a very safe & happy holiday season. Thank you to the Consumer Product Safety Commission for these helpful tips to do so! 

It's Better to Give ... Safely - Rochester, MA 02770

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

For Recall Information contact the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission.

They say it brings more joy to give, especially during the holidays! Taking the time to pick out thoughtful gifts shouldn't end with 'if they'll enjoy it' but also 'is it safe?'. 

We've all heard it's important when choosing toys for infants or small children to avoid small parts that might prove to be a choking hazard. Here are some additional gift-related safety tips:

  • Select gifts for older adults that are not heavy or awkward to handle
  • Be aware of dangers associated with coin lithium batteries; of particular concern is the ingestion of button batteries
  • For answers to more of your holiday toy safety questions, check out this Consumer Product Safety Commission blog
  • See which toys have been recalled here

This information was provided by the National Safety Council shared by SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro in hopes to reduce incidents this holiday season. 

Even angel hair can hurt - Marion, MA 02738

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

For more on holiday safety tips please visit the National Safety Council website at http://www.nsc.org

Holiday safety is an issue that burns brightest from late November to mid-January, when families gather, parties are scheduled and travel spikes. Take some basic precautions to ensure your family remains safe and injury-free throughout the season.

Putting up decorations is one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit, but about 15,000 injuries involving holiday decorating were seen in emergency rooms during the 2012 season.

  • "Angel hair," is made from spun glass and can irritate your eyes and skin; always wear protective gloves or better-yet substitute with non-flammable cotton.
  • Spraying artificial snow can irritate your lungs if inhaled; follow directions carefully.
  • Decorate the tree with your kids in mind; move ornaments that are breakable or have metal hooks toward the top.
  • Always use the proper step ladder; don't stand on chairs or other furniture.
  • Lights are among the best parts of holiday decorating; make sure there are no exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets
  • Plants can spruce up your holiday decorating, but keep those that may be poisonous (including some Poinsettias) out of reach of children or pets; the National Poison Control Center can be reached at (800)222-1222
  • Make sure paths are clear so no one trips on wrapping paper, decorations, toys, etc.; NSC provides tips for older adults on slip, trip and fall protection

This article's information was provided by The National Safety Council website. We here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro share this information in an effort to help our friends & neighbors have a safer, happier holiday season!

An a-MAIZE-ing Network- Middleboro, MA 02346

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

Happy Thanksgiving from our SERVPRO Team!!

In this time of gratitude; we at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro would like to give thanks to all of our loyal customers, reliable vendors and to everyone who helps spread kind words of our company and refer us to their friends, family and customers!

We understand the value of a referral. More importantly, we understand the importance of living up to unspoken expectations set while being referred. It takes great trust in our ability to provide excellent service. A referral is a reflection of the individual or company giving the referral; we do not take that lightly.

Fire, water and biohazard clean-ups, such as hoarding, bodily fluid and infectious disease clean-ups, require a certain compassion and empathy. People ‘grieve’ differently. While some express sadness, others anger, and some shut down completely. Life prepares us to face certain inevitable situations; however, as often as unexpected disasters occur, people tend to not expect it will ever happen to them. We take pride in staffing employees who are understanding of the obscure job responsibility that most onlookers wouldn’t immediately associate with a company like ours. To our staff; thank you.

A referral to us is more than a simple transaction. It is a testament to all that we strive to be. Not only as restoration specialists but as compassionate, problem solvers. We strive to make the customers experience with SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro nothing shy of exceptional.

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!! 

Minimize Business Loss due to Storm Damage- Lakeville, MA 02347

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Tip: Keep updated photo records of belongings, important documents and items of value for insurance purposes.

With the recent devastation caused by various storms impacting the United States it brings about the question for a lot of business owners what would they do in the event a major storm were to hit our area. What can we do to prepare? How would this affect business financially?

50 percent of businesses that are affected by a disaster do not reopen. Sure insurance covers belongings and structural damage however the main cause of business closures after a disaster is loss of business. Most small business owners rely on the business income as their sole revenue stream. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro has seen this happen time and time again. In an effort to reduce that percentage we developed the Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).

For more information or to schedule an appointment for your complimentary ERP please contact SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro

Benefits to a Clean Workplace- Marion, MA 02738

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Tip: Increase employee morale & customers' confidence by maintaining a safe, clean work environment.

In our career-driven day and age; most people tend to spend as much time at the office as they do at home, if not more. A clean, healthy work environment can impact business in more ways than you may think.


Having a tidy, professional appearance portrayed to customers and business associates, who frequent your business, is probably the most obvious benefit. A clean office space can portray your business as organized, competent and professional upon first impressions. The same way you wouldn’t show up to an important meeting with disheveled clothing on; you would not want your office space to give the impression your business as messy, neglected or chaotic. Even if your work space doesn't have frequent customer traffic a clean commercial space can improve business in many ways.

Here are a few ways routine commercial cleaning by SERVPRO can drive revenue & productivity for your business:

-Healtheir environment- keeping air & surface quality high reduces unanticipated employee ‘sick’ days.

-Improved morale & productivity in employees

-Safer work environment- Avoid and/or reduce: the number workers compensation injuries, spread of viruses and diseases

Call today to schedule your commercial cleaning (508)946-2397

EPA's suggestions for choosing your Duct Cleaning service provider- Acushnet, MA 02743

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Tip: Avoid companies who advertise unrealistic duct cleaning prices.

Information provided by the EPA.gov website

Do not hire duct cleaners who make sweeping claims about the health benefits of duct cleaning — such claims are unsubstantiated. Do not hire duct cleaners who recommend duct cleaning as a routine part of your heating and cooling system maintenance. You should also be wary of duct cleaners who claim to be certified by EPA. Note: EPA neither establishes duct cleaning standards nor certifies, endorses, or approves duct cleaning companies.

 

Check references to be sure other customers were satisfied and did not experience any problems with their heating and cooling system after cleaning.

 

Contact your county or city office of consumer affairs or local Better Business Bureau to determine if complaints have been lodged against any of the companies you are considering.

 

Interview potential service providers to ensure:

  • they are experienced in duct cleaning and have worked on systems like yours;
  • they will use procedures to protect you, your pets and your home from contamination; and
  • they comply with NADCA's air duct cleaning standards and, if your ducts are constructed of fiber glass duct board or insulated internally with fiber glass duct liner, with the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association's (NAIMA)recommendations.
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    Ask the service provider whether they hold any relevant state licenses. As of 1996, the following states require air duct cleaners to hold special licenses: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and Texas. Other states may require them as well.

     

    If the service provider charges by the hour, request an estimate of the number of hours or days the job will take, and find out whether there will be interruptions in the work. Make sure the duct cleaner you choose will provide a written agreement outlining the total cost and scope of the job before work begins.

    At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro we are confident we will meet & exceed your expectations! Please contact us directly (508)946-2397 to schedule your duct cleaning! 

    The three types of contaminated water- New Bedford, MA 02745

    11/10/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: Do not attempt to clean up anything other than clean water, on your own.

    Category 1: "Clean Water"

    This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

    • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
    • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

    Category 2: "Gray Water"

    This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

    • May contain bacteria and viruses
    • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

    Category 3: "Black Water"

    This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

    • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
    • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

    SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro is here to help with the cleanup and disinfecting of all categories of water. Call us today to schedule a free on-site estimate (508)946-2397

    MA Insurance Agents CE Courses - Middleboro, MA 02346

    11/10/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: If the free course isn't enough; the food is great!

    Below are the Continuing Education Requirements for Massachusetts Insurance Agents. This information is provided by the Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents:

    “A newly licensed insurance producer must complete 60 hours of continuing education credits prior to their initial license renewal date; otherwise a licensed producer must complete 45 such credit hours during the 36-month period prior to license renewal.

    As of 9/17/14, Insurance producers must complete an approved 3 hour ethics program for each renewal cycle. This new requirement does not increase the overall number of CE hours an insurance producer must complete, it only requires that ethics training make up at least 3 hours of the total CE earned.

    If you do not comply with the continuing education law, the Division of Insurance may suspend your license pending completion of your CE requirement and/or you may be subject to a civil fine of not less than $20.00 nor more than $100.00 for each hour of instruction you fail to complete.”

    At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro we understand the importance of continuing education; we also understand that costs to maintain credits can add up quickly. We strive to offer our neighboring agents the opportunity to attend one of our complimentary CE courses. It is our goal to provide agents with 2-3 annual courses, helping with costs and ensuring there are local course options, here in the Southcoast. Breakfast & lunch are also provided.

    Like us on Facebook to follow our event calendar or call our office directly (508)946-2397 to find out when our next complimentary course is being offered.

    50% of Businesses Never Reopen! Middleboro, MA 02346

    11/8/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: Precautionary & preventative actions are vital to keeping a business open after a disaster.

    According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): “Almost 50 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster because just a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. During the 5 year period of 2006-2010, the average commercial flood claim had amounted to just over $85,000.” With the raise in construction and residential and commercial building prices on the rise, we can suppose that that figure has only increased over the last 7 years.

    While commercial property insurance may cover your structure and belongings, depending on your policy endorsements, loss of business revenue can be a major factor for whether or not your business survives. Regardless of annual income; an unexpected halt in revenue accompanied by a slow claims process, can affect businesses of all sizes. Whether your business generates hundreds of dollars, or hundreds of thousands, per day; minimizing damage quickly can potentially save your business.

    To learn more about ways you can prepare your business please visit our Emergency Response Profile section or contact SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro to schedule your complimentary ERP today!

    Storm Preparation- Mattapoisett, MA 02739

    11/8/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: Keep flashlights and battery/crank operated radio conveniently located where easily accessible for emergencies.

    Storms can lead to an array of types of damage caused to your home, business, and rental properties.

    The overwhelming precipitation, wind speeds, airborne debris can expose weak points in construction such as poorly maintained gutters & downspouts. The redirection of water off and away from your roof can help prevent roof leaks caused by pressure and/or accumulated water finding the path of least resistance into your home. Having downspout output spouts well connected and directing the water away from your structures foundation is also a very important as an already overwhelmed groundwater level around your home.

    Checking to make sure that your sump pump is working properly is another great precaution before a storm. Sump pumps can often become unplugged by various tradesmen working in your basement looking for an electrical source to plug their equipment in. Become clogged with debris and animals over time and of course can have mechanical issues. A quick test of the sump pump in anticipation of heavy rains can prevent long on-hold times with the manufacturer and the anxiety of trying to prevent a water loss while time is limited.

    Of course with heavier storms, it is always a good idea to have some plywood on hand to board up windows in preparation or as need. Flying debris during heavy winds can easily shatter windows, exposing your home to outside elements.

    These are just a few tips for home and business owners, if you would like more helpful tips please visit our storm damage section or for help with storm damage cleanup call us directly (508)946-2397!

    Ways to try to prevent mold growth - Freetown, MA 02717

    11/8/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: Attempting to remove or clean mold spores on your own can actually make matters worse, spreading the airborne spores to other areas of your home.

    When people hear the word mold, they automatically have a negative reaction to it, but did you know mold is everywhere? It’s in the air we breathe, and on many surfaces. Not all molds are harmful, and in fact, some molds have found their way into our homes willingly, such as penicillin and in blue cheeses.

    Mold can however, affect people in different ways. The following is a list of tips for mold prevention:

    • Keep humidity levels as low as you can – no higher than 50% - all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low.
    • Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperatures, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once an day.
    • Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom.
    • Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
    • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
    • Contact SERVPRO Dartmouth/New Bedford immediately to clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly after flooding.
    • Add mold inhibitors to paints before painting.
    • Clean bathrooms with mold-killing products.
    • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly.
    • Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.

    For help with Mold issues call our office (508)946-2397 for a free on-site estimate!

    The Aftermath of Rogue Tenants- Middleboro, MA 02346

    11/6/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: Compile a detailed tenancy agreement and inventory at the beginning of the tenancy. These documents are incredibly important if you find yourself

    If you are a landlord or property manager you understand the importance of the tenant screening process. Unfortunately, there is only so much information you can gather before renting your property to tenants. So what do you do when a previous tenant has left your property in ruin?

    We have all seen, in one way or another, the aftermath of a rogue tenant who decides to take hammers and spray paint to the walls, leave mounds of trash and personal belongings, or even have an infestation of sorts that they leave for their landlord to clean up.Whether it is caused by intentional destruction or the tenants neglectfulness on issues that would have been minor if addressed immediately but have grown into much larger issues now, restoring your property back to inhabitable conditions can be quite the daunting task for any property owner.

    Most property managers do not have the time or desire to take on such a project. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro is equipped and trained to handle every aspect of the cleanup and restoration. Saving homeowners valuable time and money. Call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro when you want to make it "Like it never even happened."

    Hoarding Hazards- Rochester, MA 02770

    11/6/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: For Emergency Hoarder Clean-out Services call (508)946-2397 today to schedule!

    Hoarding disorder can affect our friends and family. When it does, it can be an extremely difficult task to help them cope with letting go of items they have collected over the years. At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro our employees are trained in highly sensitive situations. From office staff to our cleaning crews we understand the situation can be highly sensitive.

    Living with a hoarding disorder can become extremely dangerous; posing risk to fires, contamination, infestation and much more. We understand that when the decision has been made to call a company like ourselves that there is great deal of distress to the homeowner and/or family members involved. We will remove all belongings, discard or store depending on the customers’ requests and clean and sanitize the rooms requested in order to make it “Like it never even happened.”

    Massachusetts Hoarding Resource Directory

    Call us today to schedule our team of hoarder clean-out specialists (508)946-2397

    Importance of Mold Containment- Part 2- Marion, MA 02738

    11/6/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

    Why is containment of mold so important during the removal/mitigation process? 


    There are many different types of mold. Most are not harmful to the human body however some types of mold can be very toxic. The toxins within the mold are called mycotoxins. There are various factors, for each individual, as to how much exposure is considered safe. Finding and removing or encapsulating these mold spores before they continue to grow or spread is critical; especially if children, elderly or persons with a critical/immune illness inhabits the area where mold was found. 

    Containment of these mold spores during the mitigation/removal process, by a professional, is extremely important in avoiding any mold spores that detach from the surface during cleaning from becoming airborne and spreading to other areas throughout the building that were not affected. These minuscule particles can quickly spread throughout previously unaffected areas of your home, including air ducts, bedrooms, etc.

    For more information about mold or for your free estimate call our office (508)946-2397 today! 

    American Red Cross Statistics- Mattapoisett, MA 02739

    11/6/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: Check your smoke & carbon monoxide detector twice per year. Daylight savings time is typically a good way to remember!

    Although frightening, these fire statistics provided by The American Red Cross are an eye-opening reminder that no one is immune to having a fire happen at their property.


    -Fire-related deaths and injuries are highest in homes without smoke alarms.
    -Last year the American Red Cross responded to nearly to Home Fires each day in our area.
    -‎50% of all Residential Heating related fires are reported during the month of December January and February.
    -‎heating is the second leading cause of residential fire deaths
    -‎more than 60% of fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke alarm

    SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro takes pride in helping those effected by Fire & Smoke damage. We understand that having a fire occur on your property can be traumatic, and although everyone getting out safely is the importance; we know that often times there are certain possessions such as heirlooms, documentation/photos, etc. that hold sentimental value. Our goal is to do everything we can, using the latest and greatest technology available, to restore your keepsakes!

    Take a look at some before & after pictures of our restoration work or call SERVPRO of Marion/ Middleboro today to schedule a complimentary on-site estimate (508)946-2397

    Firing up the furnace- Acushnet, MA 02743

    11/6/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: contact your local HVAC professional for help turning on your furnace for the first time this season.

    Turning your homes heat on for the first time can be bittersweet for most of us here in New England. It is a sign that summer and all its glory and sunshine is over. Nonetheless autumn means beautiful foliage stretching down I95, flannel, and spending more time inside with family and friends.

    Like most mechanical appliances, turning them on for the first time in a while can lead to discovering some issues that weren't present the prior season. There is a serious risk of starting a fire or causing a puff-back which can be extremely dangerous and costly.

    Whenever dealing with an appliance that heats up it has the potential to be dangerous. Avoid potential carbon monoxide and fire hazards and further complications by taking the time to monitor your boiler or furnace during the first run of the season. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro wants to help keep you safe this winter. 

    Why HEPA? Lakeville, MA 02347

    11/6/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: To keep air quality clean make sure to vacuum your carpets often and thoroughly with a HEPA vacuum filter.

    HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. A HEPA filter works by filtering air and trapping dangerous particles. The smaller mesh design helps to trap smoke, pollen, dander and other fine particles that traditional filters miss. The HEPA filter design is essentially similar to the way a water filtration system works.

    SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro only uses the highest quality HEPA filter machines in order to fully eradicate mold and other particles from the air. It is a vital component to purifying the toxins and that pollute the air we breathe. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro uses equipment with a HEPA filter after sewage and similar category 2 and 3 losses, mold mitigation to remove the mold spores from to prevent health hazards as well as contamination of previously uncontaminated areas of the building, as well as biohazard cleanup jobs where a room or structure is contaminated.

    Firing up the furnace- pt.2- New Bedford, MA 02745

    11/6/2017 (Permalink)

    In our last blog “FIRE- Turning the heat on pt.1” we identified the issues that arise while starting up your furnace for the first time. Here now in part 2 of that segment we are offering some tips to help you start your system up safely.

    Here are a few tips: 
    -When turning on heating unit for first time stay home for the night to monitor the system. The ability to intervene & limit damage is invaluable. 
    -Keep an eye on the carbon monoxide monitor. 
    -‎You will most likely smell a slight burning of dust when turning on the unit. Use windows and fans to help ventilate the smell out. If any actual smoke or fire is visible shut unit off immediately, if safely able, and call 911. 
    -‎Unusual noises, coming from the pipes in walls, can be normal however you will want to monitor. If sounds persist the heating system may require a tune-up. 

    We advise calling your local HVAC specialist with any questions.

    Post-Construction Cleanup: Done Right the First Time! Middleboro, MA 02346

    11/6/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: To be sure your building will be ready in time, inquire about post-construction cleanup early into the construction.

    Aside from dusty sills and floors, newly constructed or renovated commercial buildings can cause a great deal or dust and debris to penetrate even the smallest crevices and corners of the building. Depending on the construction material used for walls, ceilings, flooring, etc. sawdust and other construction debris will eventually settle onto those surfaces. Most construction companies will do a quick cleaning of the area, sweeping, wiping window sills, but that is the extent of it as that is not what they specialize in or were hired to do. Building owners are left with a newly constructed business however often times need to hire a company to come in and prep the structure before moving in furniture and belongings.

    SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro specializes in deep sanitation cleanup. Hospitals, hotels, restaurants and similar businesses who are required to uphold a level of cleanliness and sanitation have an added pressure to insure the company that they hire to perform the cleaning is going to be thorough the first time! Any red flags to health inspectors can cause endless visits and disruption in business.

    At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro was take pride it not only meeting but exceeding our customers’ expectations. Click here to learn more!

    Call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro today for your free estimate! (508)946-2397

    Importance of Mold Containment- Part 1- Marion, MA 02738

    11/3/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.

    Upon discovering the presence of mold in your home it is critical to hire a well trained and experienced professional to perform the mitigation/cleanup. Do It Yourself mold removal is not something you want to attempt.

    Trust us; the allure of saving money will only cost thousands more in the end; if not done correctly by a professional. The prevention of mold spores from spreading to other areas of the building is a very intricate and precise process. Here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro this type of containment is only performed by the highest trained professionals. To help you understand, the process and importance of proper containment, we will go into detail about the mold mitigation process in our next blog (which will be labeled part 2) or visit our Mold Section


    If you would like to speak with one of our experienced mold mitigation specialists please contact SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro at (508)946-2397

    Do You Smell Smoke? Assonet, MA 02702

    11/3/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial.

    A small, contained kitchen fire will more than likely leave you thankful there was no permanent damage caused to your belongings and the structure. You may not think that a specialty restoration company would be necessary. We recommend calling SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro before attempting to clean anything. Soot is sometimes invisible to the untrained eye especially when it has settled on porous surfaces. Using certain common house-hold cleaning agents on the smoke-affected areas will 'set the stain' making it almost impossible to clean correctly. In addition to permanent staining, the smell of smoke can become locked into porous materials such as drywall, some wallpapers, wood and similar structural materials found throughout your home or business.

    At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro we provide all customers with a complimentary on-site analysis and proposals to match them with options that best meets their needs. Our saying is "No job too big or too small" and we stand behind that claim by assisting our neighbors with educated information and direction, whether it turns into a job for our company or not. 

    We are always more than happy to help a customer decide what their best options are. If you would like to speak to one of our specialists please Call us at (508)946-2397 

    Why Shampoo your Carpets? Lakeville, MA 02347

    10/23/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: A mop & common cleaning products may not be enough for serious water intrusions.

    Accumulated dirt, when left untreated, can lead the limiting the life of your carpet. If routine cleanings of the carpet are not performed dust mites and bacteria can cause health hazards and staining is more likely to become permanent. Timely deep-cleaning is crucial to the ability to remove the stain before they fall deeper into carpet fibers and dries. Unsightly dirt buildup and stains in your business can have a negative impact of customers, leading them to subconsciously associate your business as being neglectful, unorganized and potentially not the right company for them to do business with.

    At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro We have specially formulated cleaning products developed by our scientists/chemists. If there is any stain we have not encountered we have access to the expertise of those who formulated our cleaning products for advice. All of our carpet cleaning technicians are IICRC trained and certified.

    Learn more about Carpet Cleaning or Call us for a FREE Estimate! (508)946-2397

    MRSA. What is it? Assonet, MA 02702

    10/23/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: To avoid contracting MRSA, from the general population, wash hands thoroughly and frequently!

    MRSA or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus is responsible for several different difficult to treat infections in humans. MRSA, although originating from a hospital-acquired infection, is now also prevalent in prisons, nursing homes and setting where there are open wounds, catheters and other invasive devices. It has since spread from hospital only settings to be more community-acquired as well as livestock-acquired. 


    To limit the spread of any infections the patients are usually isolated and proper decontamination of all surroundings is vital. MRSA and similar infectious diseases are very easily spread. It takes highly trained professionals with the proper personal protective equipment (PPE), chemicals and equipment to properly contain and sanitize affected areas. If improper sanitization is performed it can quickly lead to an endemic situation affecting all who come in contact with the infected materials that are thought to be clean.

    At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro we are fully certified, experienced and equipped to handle highly sensitive, highly contagious biohazard contaminations. For more information please contact us at (508)946-2397

    Flood vs Seepage - Marion, MA 02738

    10/23/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: Contact your insurance company to ask if your home or business is covered for both types of water losses.

    As explained in the last two 'water damage' blogs; the two major reasons how water seeps into basements through the foundation walls and slab. Seepage is very different than flooding. A flood is described as water that has accumulated above the grounds surface and then enters into your home or business. 

    When investigating water in your basement it is important to identify which method the water traveled in by in order to then address and resolve the standing water/ moisture issue. 

    At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro we have highly trained professionals with the knowledge and experience as well as state-of-the-art equipment to help our customers not only dry out there space but also pinpoint the cause to prevent future damages.

    Check out our section about water losses or call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro to schedule your FREE ESTIMATE! (508)946-2397

    Condensation on basement walls? Marion, MA 02738

    10/16/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.

    Why are the interior foundation walls in my basement wet?

    Condensation builds up on interior foundation walls due to the dramatic difference in temperature inside and outside of our homes. Basements are built with the majority of the exterior wall under the grounds surface. The inside of our basement foundation walls are usually a lot warmer in the winter due to our heating systems running (usually older furnaces lose enough heat to warm the basement even without heating output vents installed down there). Condensation accumulates on the inside of foundation walls. It then follows the laws of gravity and can trickle down the wall creating a small puddle along the perimeter of the basement floor.

    This usually causes the most issues for homeowners with finished basements. The moisture and condensation is hidden between the foundation wall and the interior drywall. If the contractor who finished the basement used wood framing the combination of damp cool environment and organic material can be a feeding ground for mold to thrive. The hazard is the mold you don't see.

    Did your belongings become damaged by your wet basement?

    If You Have Questions or Need Help, 
    Call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro Today (508)946-2397

    Puddle in Basement? Rochester, MA 02770

    10/11/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: Properly seal any cracks and tie rod holes in your foundation to prevent any excess water entering your home.

    Here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro we often receive calls from homeowners puzzled as to why there is a puddle in their basement; where did it came from?  Basement foundations are made of cement/concrete which is porous in nature. Even with a sound foundation water can seep into your basement. Heavy bursts of rain, or accumulation of rainwater over a few consecutive days, can quickly overwhelm the soil surrounding your homes foundation. Like a sponge, the ground's soil is only able to absorb so much precipitation before it finds somewhere else to go. Ground water will take the path of least resistance and unfortunately mixed with the added pressure will find least resistance through your foundation walls.

    This happens more so if there are any structural weak points such as tie rod holes that were improperly patched or left open. A perfectly sound, average sized foundation will let in approximately 15 GALLONS of water PER DAY. Now imagine if there is a crack or the surrounding exterior soil was recently backfilled. These factors will lead water to/through your foundation walls faster.

    Read more about how we can help with our Water Damage Restoration Services or call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro today at (508)946-2397

    24/7/365 Vandalism Response - Freetown, MA 02717

    10/10/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: Do not attempt to remove any ink, paint or cosmetic stains. Use of incorrect cleaning agents may further set stains.

    Vandalism to a home or business can be disruptive, have a negative impact on business, and can lead to vulnerability in security. Broken windows, gates and doors can lead to unauthorized access and/or theft of property. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro has a corporate standard to respond & be on-site quickly. Our team will assess the damage and repairs needed, secure your building and mitigate any preventable secondary damages.

    We are set to a 1-4-8 service guideline meaning we will respond to your call within 1 hour, be onsite to assess any damage within 4 hours and start any necessary mitigation within 8 hours. These time frames are often exceeded.

    We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond quickly and be at your home or business to board up and secure your property, remove any graffiti or destruction to your property and help restore order so that it's business as usual moving forward. We understand that any loss of business, especially to single location businesses, can be devastating.

    Learn more about Vandalism & Graffiti Cleanup call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro at (508)946-2397

    Why Clean Your Carpets Before Winter? Acushnet, MA 02743

    10/6/2017 (Permalink)

    Tip: Have a company with state-of-the-art equipment & properly trained professionals perform your cleaning!

    At SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro we often hear people want to wait until after the winter is over to wash their carpets. Winter in New England is known for its bitter cold and heavy precipitation.  Why clean your carpets when mud, snow and rock-salt are bound to end up tracked into your home the next few months?!

    Carpet cleaning- when done correctly will make the air in your home cleaner. All that dust, dander, and bacteria that we see settles on the bookcase, only a few days after dusting, imagine how much settles into the carpet fibers. Vacuuming helps but carpet cleaning equipment is much more powerful and thorough; washing your carpets fibers clean. The longer the carpet isn't washed the more debris packs into fibers which can cause cuts and frays of the fabric and permanent change in coloring due to the way the sun hits the now damaged fibers. In the winter we are inside much more, we have guests more often due to the holidays and having more indoor events.

    Preventative Maintenance

    Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on taking proper actions between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

    • Regular vacuuming
    • Spot removal
    • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
    • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
    • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the

    For more information or to schedule your Free Estimate call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro at (508)946-2397

    Why Choose SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro?

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    Faster to Any Size Disaster

    Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

    When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

    Have Storm or Flood Damage?
    Call Us Today (508) 946-2397

    Why Choose SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro?

    We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

    A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night, to help Middleboro business owners and residents.

    Learn More

    We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

    As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

    • Water Damage Restoration Technician
    • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

    Learn More

    We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

    When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events. 

    Learn More

    Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

    SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the New Bedford community. We are also part of a national network of 1,700 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

    Disaster Preparedness Tips

    7/20/2017 (Permalink)

    Have your waterproof plan.

    Disaster Preparedness Tips

    Naturally, there are certain places that are more vulnerable to disasters than others. If you live in such places, there is the need to be highly cautious. This implies that you should have strategies in place to ensure that you are safe should a disaster strike. Most disasters strike unannounced and that is why it is important to have the right preventive measures in place.

    So, what should you do to reduce damages and keep people safe in the event of a disaster?

    • Register with an Emergency Unit- Almost all areas of the U.S. have disaster and emergency response units. Whether private or public; it is important to register with one or have a plan set for who you're preferred vendor will be.
    • Master Evacuation Routes- Identify areas in your house or workplace where one can escape through in an event of disaster. Let your loved ones know the routes too. This is especially important in the event of a fire!
    • Know the Threats You Face- It is important to know what kind of disasters that are likely to hit in your area. (i.e. Coastal Flooding)
    • Everyone Should Be Prepared- Perhaps you have people in your family or workplace, who needs prior preparation during disasters. It is important to keep them in mind and prepared, when planning for these unforeseen events. (i.e. Elderly)

    In case of a disaster occurring, contact SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro for professional and well-articulated help.

    We know how to address all different types of disasters on the residential and commercial front.

    Commercial Water Damage- Marion, MA 02738

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    We're ready for any size disaster.

    Commercial Water Damage Restoration

    There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

    Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today (508) 946-2397

    Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

    SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about Learn more about our training and certifications..

    • Water Damage Restoration Technician
    • Applied Structural Drying Technician
    • Odor Control Technician
    • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

    Locally Owned Company with National Resources

    SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,600 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

    Various Commercial Services- Middleboro, MA 02344

    6/19/2017 (Permalink)

    We specialize in commercial properties

    What can we do for you if you're a commercial property owner? 

    Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

    • Small Office Buildings
    • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
    • Apartment Buildings
    • Restaurants
    • Hotel/Motels
    • Small Retail Stores
    • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
    • High-Rise Residential
    • Manufacturing & Industrial
    • Government/Military

    Have Questions? Call Today – (508) 946-2397

    Commercial Building Restoration Services

    We are available 24 hours a day to get your New Bedford business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

    Commercial Building Cleaning Services

    Every commercial property experiences wear and tear, including dirt and grime that accumulates from ordinary use. You can count on SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough to make your workspace look its very best. Professional cleaning helps to protect your carpet and upholstery and increase its life-span. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services:

    Do You Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Mattapoisett, MA 02739

    6/19/2017 (Permalink)

    Fire Cleaning Professionals

    Do You Have Smoke or Fire Damage?
    Call Us Today – (508) 946-2397

    Why Choose SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough?

    We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

    SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough is dedicated to responding immediately to your New Bedford fire damage emergency. A faster response is the key to help prevent additional damage and reduce the restoration cost.

    Learn More

     

    We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

    As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore your home or business. We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your property back to pre-fire condition.

    • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
    • Odor Control Technician
    • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
    • Water Damage Restoration Technician

    Learn More

     

    Our Restore vs. Replace Mentality

    Our “restore first” mentality helps to lower costs and get you back in your home or business sooner. This focus relies upon our specialized training and equipment to restore your property back to pre-fire condition.

    Learn More

    Rest Assured- You're in Good Hands

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    Commercial Services


    • Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”



      • Small Office Buildings

      • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings

      • Apartment Buildings

      • Restaurants

      • Hotel/Motels

      • Small Retail Stores

      • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores

      • High-Rise Residential

      • Manufacturing & Industrial

      • Government/Military


      Have Questions? Call Today – (508) 946-2397


      Commercial Building Restoration Services


      We are available 24 hours a day to get your area business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:




    Content Restoration- The Methods to our Madness!

    2/20/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including the following:



    • Dry Cleaning 

    • Wet Cleaning

    • Spray and Wipe 

    • Foam Cleaning

    • Abrasive Cleaning

    • Immersion Cleaning 


    No matter what type of disaster you are facing, you can rest assured that we have highly trained technicians that are dedicated to making sure that what ever you are going through, it will be dealt with efficiently and in no time we will have your place looking "Like it never even happened." Please, don't hesitate to contact at 508-946-2397 ASAP if you are ever in need!

    What's a Puff Back?

    12/13/2016 (Permalink)

    Furnace puff backs will require professionals to restore your home

    Are you Maintaining Your Furnace? You may be at risk for a Puff Back!

    Winter is most definitely here. If you have been holding out on turning your heat on you will most likely be forced to do it sooner than later. And if you haven’t maintained your furnace properly, you may be in for quite a mess when you turn that thermostat. That’s right, I’m referring to a furnace “puff back” that will cause your house to be covered in soot and smoke.

     

    What Causes a Furnace Puff Back?

    It’s basically a misfiring in the furnace that causes a puff back that will essentially send soot and smoke into every crevice of your home. Basically if there is a delay in the oil burner immediately igniting, and oil fumes are allowed to build up before it ignites, a small explosion can occur – just like the backfiring of a car. Furnace puff backs can also stem from a buildup of debris in your furnace that creates an explosion when the furnace is ignited. In both situations, the explosion will cause debris to shoot through the furnace's entire exhaust system and into your home. For buildings with a forced hot air system, the damage can be a lot more extensive since the air ducts will help spread the soot easily throughout your home. In addition to the damage caused to your home by a puff back, it's also a sign of a problem in your heating system that will need to be repaired to prevent any further misfiring of your furnace.

     

    What to Do and Not to Do:

     

    • Don't attempt to wash any walls or surface yourself
    • Don't turn on your ceiling fans, windows, doors, etc. It will increase air circulation that will spread the soot around even more.
    • After a puff back occurs, try not to move around a lot. This will help prevent soot from getting embedded into the carpeting, upholstery, etc.
    • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. This may cause the smoke odor to set into the material.
    • The good news is that most puff back cleanups are covered by insurance
    • Make sure a repairman is hired to repair the malfunctioning furnace
    • Furnace puff backs will require professionals to restore your home so you’ll need to call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro at 508-946-2397
    • Keep your hands clean so as not to further spoil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
    • Place clean towels or old linen on rugs, upholstery, and carpets
    • Clean and protect chrome with a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil
    • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers
    • Throw away all exposed food

     

    By calling us at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro you are ensuring that your property in the event of a furnace puff back is taken care of with the utmost of care. Our crews have been highly trained in smoke and fire damage. And we have the equipment and training to quickly turn your house into a home again. We're not only faster to any size disaster you have our word that we will make it…. (you guessed it) “Like it never even happened”!

     

    Mold Prevention Tips

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    Mold Prevention Tips

    When people hear the word mold, they automatically have a negative reaction to it, but did you know mold is everywhere? It’s in the air we breathe, and on many surfaces. Not all molds are harmful, and in fact, some molds have found their way into our homes willingly, such as penicillin and in blue cheeses.

    Mold can however, affect people in different ways. If you’d rather not find out if you’d have a bad reaction to mold, the following is a list of tips for mold prevention:

     

    • Keep humidity levels as low as you can – no higher than 50% - all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low.
    • Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperatures, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once an day.
    • Be sure your home has enough ventilation. Use exhaust fans which vent outside your home in the kitchen and bathroom.
    • Make sure your clothes dryer vents outside your home.
    • Fix any leaks in your home’s roof, walls or plumbing so mold does not have moisture to grow.
    • Contact SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro immediately to clean up and dry out your home thoroughly and quickly after flooding.
    • Add mold inhibitors to paints before painting.
    • Clean bathrooms with mold-killing products.
    • Remove or replace carpets and upholstery that have been soaked and cannot be dried promptly.
    • Consider not using carpet in rooms or areas like bathrooms or basements that may have a lot of moisture.

     

    For more information see the CDC website

    Addressing Real Estate Concerns

    11/18/2016 (Permalink)

    Buying a house is easy and fun, right?

    Buying a house is easy and fun, right?

    Buying and selling real estate can be fun I suppose, but it can also unearth a number of issues with the properties. Previous owners may have had pets that left stains on carpets, or were heavy smokers and there is staining and the smell is just lingering. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro has partnered with many local Realtors to make sure that the homes being sold and purchased in our area are move in ready.

    If you’re looking to sell your home and just want to have the carpets freshened up for the new owner, we can usually provide service with about a week notice. Maybe you just purchased a new home and you want to make sure the duct work is clean and allergen free, we can take care of that as well.

    If you’re a real estate agent, keep us in mind for your clients’ needs. We offer many services, such as mold remediation and nicotine cleaning, to help your real estate transactions go off without a hitch. We're only a phone call away at 508-946-2397!

    Water Damage Timeline

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    An immediate response helps to minimize the damage

    In many cleaning and restoration situations, like storms immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

    Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

    Water Damage Timeline

    Within Minutes

    • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
    • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
    • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
    • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

    Hours 1 - 24:

    • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
    • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
    • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
    • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
    • A musty odor appears.

    48 Hours to 1 Week:

    • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
    • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
    • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
    • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
    • Paint begins to blister.
    • Wood flooring swells and warps.
    • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

    More Than 1 Week:

    • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
    • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

    Why Choose Us over Them? - Training

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    Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration.

    Thanks for asking! Here's just one, but it's a big one. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Here's just one of the types of training and certification we do:

     

    IICRC Training and Certification

    The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

    IICRC Certifications

    • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)

    This four-day course covers mold and sewage remediation techniques and how to perform these procedures in the field while protecting the health and safety of workers and occupants on your property.

    • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)

    Technicians learn to dry water-damaged structures efficiently and effectively using monitoring devices, extraction systems, and drying equipment. This three-day course includes comprehensive classroom and hands-on training to develop technical and practical drying expertise.

    • Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT)

    This two-day course covers pre-inspection, fabric identification, cleaning chemicals and equipment, and proper cleaning techniques for residential and commercial applications.

    • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT)

    Technicians will learn about types of smoke and fire damage, job planning, equipment, and practical cleaning procedures in fire and smoke settings. This two-day course also includes instruction on odor and deodorization concepts.

    • Odor Control Technician (OCT)

    Technicians learn to address odors and deodorization techniques. This one-day course covers odor control caused by biological sources such as decomposition, urine contamination, mold, and other sources.

    • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT)

    Technicians learn fiber identification and upholstery cleaning methods. This two-day course also covers identifying upholstery cleaning problems before fabrics shrink, bleed, crown, or distort.

    • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)

    This three-day course covers the concepts of water damage and its effects in residential and commercial settings. Technicians learn techniques and procedures to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold.

    "There's No Way I'm Touching That!"

    11/14/2016 (Permalink)

    Life is just messy, isn’t it?

    Life is just messy, isn’t it? Kids and pets tracking mud and dirt into the house. General clutter around the house that keeps piling up. Dust that seems to be a never ending battle. Most messes require little more than warm soapy water and a little elbow grease. But then there are other messes. The ones that make you say something like " There's no way I'm touching that!" Those types of cleanups are categorized as biohazards. That's a whole different story.

    Certain precautions need to be taken when dealing with biohazards. You could put yourself, or family in danger if you try to take care of them yourself. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro has the training, equipment and expertise to handle all types of biohazards, such as:

    • sewage backups
    • crime scene residues
    • suicide/homicide/death accidents
    • blood cleanup
    • hoarding scenes
    • animal waste/remains
    • chemical spills
    • tear gas cleanup and
    • meth lab cleanup
    • the list goes on...

    We at SERVPRO hope you never have to deal with these types of situations, but if you do, we’re here to help. All you need to do is call us at 508-946-2397. 

    Have no fear... SERVPRO is here!

    11/14/2016 (Permalink)

    No one plans to have emergency fire and water situations

    No one plans to have emergency fire and water situations, and as such they can catch us off guard and disrupt our daily lives. Fire and water emergencies in our places of business are no different. It can be very difficult to conduct your day to day business operations when your office is floating in a foot of water. 

    Have no fear... SERVPRO is here!

    Most recently we had a busy chiropractic office with a leak in the roof that caused a number of their exam rooms to be affected. We worked around their busy schedule to get the damages taken care of, so that they could get back to helping patients.

    That’s what we’re all about here at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro, getting you back to work and making your emergency situation like it never even happened.

    Dear Business Owners,

    11/14/2016 (Permalink)

    We are so much more than just a fire and water clean-up service!

    Odds are that you know SERVPRO is an industry leader when it comes to commercial fire and water clean-up and restoration. And that we are available to respond to your businesses fire and water emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also have access to resources of a nationwide network of 1,700 franchises, which means no project is too big for us to handle.

    Something that you may not be aware of is that we are so much more than just a fire and water clean-up service! We offer professional services to get your business looking its best. Maybe your office’s carpets could use freshening up, or maybe your restaurant’s kitchen could use a deep cleaning. How dirty are those A/C vents? Imagine how dirty the air ducts are on the inside! We have the right cleaning tools and products to get the job done.

    You can depend on SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro to get your workplace looking its very best. Call us today at 508-946-2397.

    It's not if, it's when..

    11/11/2016 (Permalink)

    We trained to respond quickly and efficiently when mitigating your business.

    When it comes to life's emergencies, more often than not it is not a matter of IF they will happen- it is WHEN they will happen. You can never fully prevent them from occurring, but home and business owners can however take steps to prepare for and try to prevent disasters that may occur to their property.

    An ice dam forms causing your roof to leak, a pipe bursts, a storm blows in dozens of gallons or water..... chances are your home or business may eventually suffer some sort of emergency. SERVPRO professionals are trained to respond quickly and efficiently when mitigating your business. When your home or business is under water, every minute counts. SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro is available and ready to respond 24/7 and make it "Like it never happened". Call us if you need us at 508-946-2397.

    The Time to Prepare for a Disaster is Now!

    11/11/2016 (Permalink)

    Storms can have a devastating effect on the entire community.

    In recent years many forms of disasters have affected the U.S. Whether it's flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, blizzards, etc. are all natural disasters that can threaten your home or business.

    Storms can have a devastating effect on the entire community. SERVPRO Dartmouth/New Bedford & Marion/Middleboro wants to help you and your family be prepared for an unexpected situation.

    The time to prepare for a disaster is now

    Here are a few things to take into consideration while preparing an emergency kit. More often than not, during severe weather & storm conditions many businesses and households tend to lose power. Due to heavy winds and the nature of our power line system here in the Northeast; our power seems to be the first thing to go. Forcing us to resort to non-perishable food items and conserving our fresh bottled water.

    • It is recommended to keep at least a 3 day supply (for each member of your household, including pets) of both non-perishable food and bottled water readily available.
    • A battery operated radio is also an important item to keep available to keep up to date on any storm condition warnings or evacuations of your area.
    • Flashlights and plenty of batteries only (candles can be quite dangerous especially during windy conditions and dim lighting).
    • First aid kits, extra clothing, dust masks and duct tape are also important.
    • Keeping a wrench or pliers handy to shut off any utilities if necessary is probably a good idea as well.

     

    With a little preparation you can make weathering a storm a little more comfortable and more importantly, safe. Be sure to always follow any safety and/or evacuation protocols issued by your state and/or county.

    What Business Owners should know about Mold

    11/11/2016 (Permalink)

    Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution
    If you discover mold in your business, do not attempt to take care of it on your own. The safety of your staff and the public could be put at risk if it's not address properly. Please call the professionals at SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro.  We are trained and registered by the State of Massachusetts to safely and effectively perform mold remediation services. We are locally owned & operated, and respond to emergencies 24 hours a day. We are highly trained in the most up to date mold remediation techniques.
     

    Mold Removal vs Mold Remediation...What's the difference? 

    Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.

    A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

    Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Here's what the process entails:

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

    Leaving the Country- Could be harder than you think!

    11/11/2016 (Permalink)

    There is something that can cause your run for the border to turn into more of a crawl.

    There seems to be a number of people saying they'll be putting your home up for sale and that they're moving to Canada in response to results of the presidential race?

    Unfortunately, there is something that can cause your run for the border to turn into more of a crawl. Going through the sales process is actually how many people find out they have mold in their homes. If your home inspection comes back with possible mold colonization, remember that we’re here to help.

    We' hope you change your mind and stay where you are but either way, here are a few tips to keep in mind when dealing with a mold problem in your home.

    What to Do:

    • Stay out of the affected areas
    • Turn of your HVAC system and fans
    • Contact SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro for mold remediation services

    What Not to Do:

    • Do not touch or disturb the mold              
    • Do not blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth
    • Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

    SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro has the training, equipment and expertise to handle your mold growth problem. Please call us today at 508-946-2397 and we will not only help you with your mold issue but we'll try to help you see that staying put is the best course of action. Besides do you really want to start saying "Eh" after everything you say? I think not! 

    Warm, Tranquil and Dangerous

    11/11/2016 (Permalink)

    Please use your candles responsibly.

    The glow from a lighted candle can be a warming and tranquil sight. It’s no wonder why many people are more likely to burn candles during the winter months than any other time of year. While candles can create a more enjoyable atmosphere, it is good to remember that they are open flames and should be handled very carefully.

    The following are candle safety tips found on the National Fire Protection Association website:

     

    • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
    • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
    • Think about using flame-less candles in your home. They look and smell like real candles.
    • Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily.
    • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
    • Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
    • Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
    • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
    • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.

    Please use your candles responsibly. If you don't, then you may need to call SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro. And we would much rather you not have to make that phone call. 

    A Little Moisture Goes a Long Way

    11/11/2016 (Permalink)

    Even the slightest amount of moisture in your home can turn to mold in the right conditions.

    Picture this: It rained heavily last night, and you woke up to find a small puddle on your kitchen floor. You mopped it up, and it looks like the ceiling is dry. You think the situation has been dealt with, so you forget about it and go on with your day. What you do not realize is that above those ceiling tiles, the pink insulation has soaked up the water and is completely saturated. The longer that the wet insulation sits there, the more likely you will be having mold grow above the ceiling.

    Even the slightest amount of moisture in your home can turn to mold in the right conditions. If you do see signs of water damage, such as staining of ceiling tiles. Even if the stain is light, it is best to have the area moisture tested. It is much easier and less costly to dry out your home after a water damage, than it is to have mold re-mediated. 

    Contact SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro today at 508-946-2397!

    Building and Reconstruction Services

    11/9/2016 (Permalink)

    Contact us at 508-946-2397 to see how we can help you today!

    When your home or business has been damaged by fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris.

    After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its pre-loss condition.

    The professionals at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

    SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality. Contact us at 508-946-2397 to see how we can help you today!

    • Board Up
    • Carpet Repair and Installation
    • Document Drying
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Drywall Installation
    • Drywall Removal
    • Electrical
    • Electronics Restoration
    • Fine Art Restoration
    • Furniture Restoration
    • General Contracting
    • HVAC Services
    • Move Out
    • Painting
    • Portable Power
    • Roof Tarp

    Christmas Tree Fire Safety Precautions

    11/7/2016 (Permalink)

    Christmas tree fires can be very damaging

    The Holidays are right around the corner, and with it brings all the wonderful festivities and traditions. One of the most beloved tradition is the Christmas tree.

    Whether it be real or artificial, a Christmas tree can really add to the wonder and enjoyment of the season, but it can also be a very dangerous fire hazard. They do not occur very frequently, when they do occur however, Christmas tree fires can be very damaging.

    Here are just a few ways to prevent a Christmas tree fire:

    - When purchasing a real tree, make sure the needles are green and do not fall out easily. Brown needles can indicate that the tree is dried out. You may even consider purchasing a live potted tree that can also be replanted in your yard after the Christmas season.

    - When setting up your tree, cut 2” off of the bottom of the trunk to give it a fresh surface. Make sure to add plenty of water to the tree stand, and water daily to prevent it from drying out.

    - Do not place the tree near any heat source, such as fire places, heaters, candles, or radiators.

    - Make sure to check the manufacturer’s label of the lights you are using, and only use lights meant for indoor use.

    - Check all light strings for frayed or damaged chords, and for loose bulb connections.

    - Make sure to turn off your tree lights when you go to bed, or when you leave the house.

    Wishing you all a safe and healthy Holiday season from all of us at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro!

    Don't be a Turkey this Thanksgiving!

    11/7/2016 (Permalink)

    Safety tips for deep frying a turkey

    They say you are what you eat so that may be difficult, but do your best. With November upon us, the holidays will be here before we know it. While signature dishes are a staple at every families holiday gathering; we would like to take the time to address the dangers of deep frying a turkey.

    With a minimal amount of preparation there are a few simple precautionary steps that you can take in order to keep your home and family safe while still impressing the socks off your in-laws.

    Safety Tips for Deep Frying a Turkey

    1.Be sure to place your turkey fryer on a solid, even ground a safe distance away from any flammable objects. They are known to tip easily; spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.

    2.Be sure to take into consideration the size of the turkey when filling the cooking oil. An overfilled fryer will displace hot oil when the turkey is placed into the fryer.

    3.Due to a change in temperature, a partially frozen turkey when being placed in the fryer will cause cooking oil to splatter, be sure to thaw properly.

    4.Be sure to wear heat proof gloves when handling the pot, lid or turkey in any way as the fryer surfaces can become dangerously hot.

    5.Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can easily overheat and start fires, even the slightest amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a very large fire.

    6.Most importantly, always use turkey fryers indoors or on wooden surfaces.

    If you decide to be a turkey and blatantly disregard these tips, you may end up causing damage to your property. If that's the case SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro will be here to help. We would much rather have enjoying your dinner with your family and friends however. We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season. 

    Got Mold? Yes, it's everywhere!

    11/7/2016 (Permalink)

    Whether you realize it or not, there is mold everywhere.

    Whether you realize it or not, there is mold everywhere. Mold spores are a part of life. The most important factor in how it affects your health is in the quantity and the particular combination of moisture, temperature and food source that is perfect for specific types of mold to grow.

    What happens with the mold spores in the air at your home and at work?

    In homes and offices with central HVAC systems, properly maintained in-system or in-duct filters should remove many of the spores present. Nonetheless, many occurrences are known where the HVAC system itself served as breeding ground for spores. In these cases, mold has been found growing on air filters as well as in the ducts. This can often be prevented by routine maintenance. Mold growth in the home is often noticeable, it may be visible and often produces a musty odor. If you suspect mold in your home, you should get preliminary air quality testing done. Whether mold is visible or not, contact SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro today at 508-946-2397 and we will help you make it like it never even happened!

    Learn BEFORE the Burn

    11/4/2016 (Permalink)

    How long does a fire extinguisher typically last when trying to put out a fire?

    If you have a small fire in your house, car, boat, etc. and you have an appropriate extinguisher near by, putting out something small on your own can be quick and relatively simple. What you may not have time for however, is reading the instructions fully on how to use the extinguisher. The goal is for you to learn BEFORE the burn.

    So here are the basic instructions for most extinguishers. In short, this is what to do...

    1-Pull the Pin at the top of the extinguisher. The pin releases a locking mechanism and will allow you to discharge the extinguisher.

    2-Aim at the base of the fire, not the flames. This is important - in order to put out the fire, you must extinguish the fuel.

    3-Squeeze the lever slowly. This will release the extinguishing agent in the extinguisher. If the handle is released, the discharge will stop.

    4-Sweep from side to side. Using a sweeping motion, move the fire extinguisher back and forth until the fire is completely out. Operate the extinguisher from a safe distance, several feet away, and then move towards the fire once it starts to diminish.

    POP QUIZ: How long does a fire extinguisher typically last when trying to put out a fire?

    A minute, two minutes maybe? NO. In fact, a typical fire extinguisher contains only 10 seconds of extinguishing power! It could actually be less if it has already been partially discharged.

    That's why SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro encourages you to read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher beforehand and become familiarized with its parts. It is highly recommended by fire prevention experts that you get hands-on training before operating a fire extinguisher. Most local fire departments offer this service.

    Once the fire is out, don't walk away. Watch the area for a few minutes in case it re-ignites. Replace or Recharge the extinguisher immediately after use.

    We hope you and your family never have to use an extinguisher and never have to call us. But in the event that you do, please know we are just a phone call away. 508-946-2397.

    Keep the Mouse out of My House

    11/4/2016 (Permalink)

    Six tips to keep mice away

    So last time we spoke, we were talking about the reasons mice tend to work their way inside especially during the winter months. Now we are going to focus on how to keep the mouse out of your house.

    Six Tips to Keep Mice Away

    • Seal up all cracks, holes and openings in the exterior of your home 
    • Make sure doors and windows are closing properly
    • Stack firewood away from the home
    • Store food and pantry items in glass or metal containers with tight fitting lids
    • Make sure to dispose of food waste as soon as possible
    • Use natural repellants around the home like mint and bay leaves

     

    If your attempts to fend them off are unsuccessful and you find yourself with a mouse infestation, do not use poisons to kill the mice, as they will not die right away. The mice will consume the poison, crawl back into the walls and then die there where the bodies will rot. And trust me, the smell will be horrendous. Your best bet would be to call an exterminator to help to get rid of the rodents.

    Once the rodents are out of your home, then call SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro at 508-946-2397 and we can come in to clean and disinfect the areas where they were living. And you guessed it…we’ll make it like it never even happened!

    Man vs. Mouse...Who should win?

    11/4/2016 (Permalink)

    "What starts out as just a couple of mice can quickly become an infestation of epic proportions."

    I think we can all agree that the answer to that question is obvious. Unless of course you are a mouse listening to this right now. If that's the case, I apologize for what I'm about to say.

    With the cooler days of fall upon us, it's time to get our yards and homes prepared for the winter months. While we are busy shoring up our homes, getting them ready for the snow, rodents are busy trying to find a nice warm spot to hole up in.

    Due to their body shape mice are able to pass through openings smaller than you would think possible. Once inside your home, they will find their way into the walls, where they will make nests in the warm, fluffy pink insulation. Mice are very quick breeders, and what starts out as just a couple of mice can quickly become an infestation of epic proportions. 

    Mice are known to be carriers of disease and pestilence, and it is best to prevent them from entering the home in the first place. Be sure to check out the upcoming blog from SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro entitled “Keep the Mouse out of My House” where we will provide a list of some basic things you can do to prevent mice from invading your home.

    Mold and the Hidden Dangers

    11/3/2016 (Permalink)

    "If not taken care of properly, this can cause prolonged exposure and health risks to residents of the home"

    The general public is typically familiar with identifying visible mold growing on surfaces that you can see. Most people know the immediate dangers and will work towards resolving the issue.

    Unfortunately, mold often lurks in places that are not so visible to homeowners including behind drywall. Typically found in finished basements after a flood or water is seeping through a home’s basement cement wall or an improperly sealed tie rod hole. Broken, or leaking pipes and even houses with poor ventilation can all factor into moisture collecting and creating the environment needed for mold to grow.

    If not taken care of properly, this can cause prolonged exposure and health risks to residents of the home, without their knowledge. Symptoms are often very similar to common seasonal allergies such as; itchy, watery eyes, sinus congestion, itchy throat, runny nose or even asthma attacks. With prolonged exposure mold poisoning may develop. Symptoms become much worse. Respiratory infections, scar tissue build up and bleeding of the lungs, joint pain and even depression are just a few of the symptoms. If left untreated these health problems can become chronic, life altering issues. 

    Be proactive and do your best to keep your house mold free. If you believe that you may have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO Marion / Middleboro today at (508) 946-2397 .

    Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

    10/31/2016 (Permalink)

    Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery.

    Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

    Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning?
    Contact us Today!

    We also offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

    Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
    Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
    Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
    Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
    Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.
    Preventative Maintenance

    Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

    IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

    Preventative maintenance actions include:
    Regular vacuuming
    Spot removal
    Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
    Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
    Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

    Air Ducts & HVAC Cleaning

    10/31/2016 (Permalink)

    Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality.

    Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

    If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

    • Dust
    • Pollen
    • Odors
    • Dirt and debris
    • Other contaminants

    SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford & SERVPRO Marion/Middleboro Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

    However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

    The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

    • Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
    • May help to eliminate offensive odors.
    • Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

    For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, contact us today!

    The Water Damage Restoration Process

    10/31/2016 (Permalink)

    We have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property.

    When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

    Water or Flood Damage?
    Contact us Today! 

    Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. You can click on any of the steps below to learn more about that process.

    Step 1 - Emergency Contact

    The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

    Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

    We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

    Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

    The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

    Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

    We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

    Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

    We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

    Step 6 - Restoration

    Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

    What and What Not to do After Flooding

    10/31/2016 (Permalink)

    After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first

    After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

    • Is it safe to stay in the house?
    • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
    • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
    • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

    Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Contact us today!

    What To Do After Flooding

    • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
    • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
    • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
    • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
    • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
    • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
    • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
    • Gather loose items from floors.

    What NOT To Do After Flooding

    • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
    • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
    • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
    • Don't use television or other household appliances.
    • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

    Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration

    10/31/2016 (Permalink)

    We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations.

    Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford and SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

    Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

    Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guideand follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

    Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
    Contact Us Today !

    The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

    We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

    • Sewage backups
    • Crime scene residues
    • Suicide/death accidents
    • Homicide cleanups
    • Blood cleanup
    • Accident cleanup
    • Hoarding scenes
    • Animal waste/remains
    • Chemical spills
    • Tear gas cleanup
    • Meth lab cleanup

    SERVPRO provides 24 hour emergency Water Damage Service

    10/31/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO Dartmouth/New Bedford and SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration services.

    SERVPRO ofDartmouth/New Bedford and SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro are available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

    We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford and SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

    What to Expect

    When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

    Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

    • Your name and contact information
    • Your insurance information (if applicable)
    • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
    • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
    • What caused the water damage (if known)?
    • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

    About Us

    SERVPRO ofDartmouth/New Bedford and SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    Residential Cleaning Services

    10/24/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO's Residential Cleaning Services

    How familiar are you with SERVPRO? How about a little reminder about what we can do for you and your family? Did you know that with over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service.

    As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, we have highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. 

    Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on us for these residential services and more:

    • Water Damage Restoration
    • Fire Damage Restoration
    • Mold Remediation
    • Storm Damage Restoration
    • Air Duct Cleaning
    • Carpet Cleaning
    • Cleaning Services
    • Building Services

    Mondays Motivation

    9/12/2016 (Permalink)

    "Quality means doing it right when no one else is looking."

    Mondays Motivation- "Quality means doing it right when no one is looking". A lot of the work we do, is done when the homeowner is not present due to the safety measures that are put in place. We take that responsibility very seriously. You can rest assured that the only corners that we cut are actual corners that need to be cut...with a saw. If you don't believe us, feel free to click on our Testimonials tab to see what others are saying about us! We're here 24/7 at 508-999-2380.

    With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO for all of your needs, whether it be water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, cleaning services, the list goes on…

    Mondays Motivation

    8/8/2016 (Permalink)

    "If people LIKE you they will listen to you, but if they TRUST you, they'll do business with you."

    Mondays Motivation- "If people LIKE you they will listen to you, but if they TRUST you, they'll do business with you."  People do business with people they trust. We work hard everyday to prove to you that we are worthy of your business. And we will do our best to go above and beyond every single day. If there are ever any issues or concerns that arise, they are addressed immediately and once we're through it's like it never even happened! If you don't belive us, feel free to click on our Testimonials tab to see what others are saying about us! We're here 24/7 at 508-999-2380.

    With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO for all of your needs, whether it be water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, cleaning services, the list goes on…

    Mondays Motivation

    7/18/2016 (Permalink)

    Mondays Motivation- "Stay strong, the storm will pass." Everyday at SERVPRO we meet people that are dealing with a tragedy in their home or business. Whether it's a fire that seemingly destroyed everything or a flooded basement that has them thinking everything's ruined. Our highly trained technicians are not only the best at what they do, they are also some of the most compassionate people you will ever meet. If you don't believe us, feel free to click on our Testimonials tab to see what others are saying about us! We're here 24/7 at 508-999-2380.

    With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO for all of your needs, whether it be water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, cleaning services, the list goes on…

    Mondays Motivation

    7/11/2016 (Permalink)

    "You don't build a business. You build people and then people build the business."

    Mondays Motivation- "You don't build a business. You build people and then people build the business." Having high quality technichicans, top notch crew chiefs and managers as well as stellar office & marketing staff is what makes us so successful. Without their drive and focus on customer service we wouldn't be where we are today. If you don't believe us, feel free to click on our Testimonials tab to see what others are saying about us! We're here 24/7 at 508-999-2380.

    With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO for all of your needs, whether it be water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, cleaning services, the list goes on…

    Mondays Motivation

    6/27/2016 (Permalink)

    "They way I see it if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."

    Mondays Motivation- "The way I see it if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."  I'm pretty sure this is a metaphor for dealing with life's problems. But here at SERVPRO we also take it as a reminder that if you ever have flooding in your house you need to give us a call. After we're finished and your house is a home again, you'll be so happy you'll think you've seen a rainbow!  If you don't believe us, feel free to click on our Testimonials tab to see what others are saying about us! We're here 24/7 at 508-999-2380.

    With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO for all of your needs, whether it be water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, cleaning services, the list goes on…

    Same SERVPRO... New Location!

    6/24/2016 (Permalink)

    New building transformation

    We’ve finished unpacking and have officially completed the big move! Welcome to our new modern facility centrally located in the City of New Bedford (formerly Sam Giammalvo's Auto Sales). It’s crazy how quickly time goes by! Since the beginning of 2013, we have increased the number of vehicles in our fleet as well as doubled the number of employees. Not to mention, getting to the point where we’ve invested in a larger facility in New Bedford on Rt 18 that is centrally & conveniently located to access all major highway routes for quick emergency response.

    Here at SERVPRO we’re prepared to help you no matter the day or the hour. We receive calls on a daily basis from individuals, families and businesses that are at their worst. It’s heart wrenching to see the pain they’re dealing with. There is a small comfort however, in knowing that we’re giving peace of mind to those we’re helping. They know that they’re in good hands and that pretty soon, things will be like it never even happened.

    Whether it’s a fire, burst pipe, flooded basement, moldy attic/basement, a puffback, etc. please don’t hesitate to contact us!

    Mondays Motivation

    6/6/2016 (Permalink)

    "Success in Business Requires training, discipline & hardwork"

    Mondays Motivation- "Success in Business Requires training, discipline & hardwork".  Here at SERVPRO we have an extensive amount of training for all of our employees, strict guidlines they are all required to go by and you would be hard pressed to find harder working individuals than the ones that work for us here at SERVPRO. If you don't belive us, feel free to click on our Testimonials tab to see what others are saying about us! We're here 24/7 at 508-999-2380.

    With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO for all of your needs, whether it be water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, cleaning services, the list goes on…

    Enter to win a family pack of tickets to the Pack 100 Westport Touch a Truck. That's a $20 value!

    6/2/2016 (Permalink)

    Pack 100 Westport Touch a Truck

    If you have kids, you're going to want to take them to this amazing Touch a Truck event. It will be held at UMass Dartmouth on June 12th from 12 noon to 3:30pm. We are giving away 3 family packs of tickets. So basically, if you and your spouse have 16 kids you'll all get in for free! Simply share this post on your facebook page and you'll automatically be entered to win! 

    With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO for all of your needs, whether it be water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, cleaning services, the list goes on…

    Mondays Motivation

    5/23/2016 (Permalink)

    "The Secret of Success is Consistency"

    Mondays Motivation- "The Secret of Success is Consistency" Here at SERVPRO we pride ourselves on having stellar customer service and consistently going above and beyond for everyone that we deal with. If you don't believe us, feel free to click on our Testimonials tab to see what others are saying about us! We're here 24/7 at 508-999-2380.

    With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO for all of your needs, whether it be water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, cleaning services, the list goes on…

    Location! Location! Location!

    4/13/2016 (Permalink)

    Your local SERVPRO's future home!

    We are pleased to announce that we've outgrown our current space and we recently purchased the former Sam Giammalvo's Auto Sales building at 1476 Purchase St. in New Bedford, MA!

    There has been an increased demand for our services throughout the area and we are very excited about moving into a larger space to accommodate our growing fleet, increased number of employees, equipment, etc. In business, location is key and we couldn't ask for a better one. We'll keep you posted as the move progresses and when our official move in date will be.  

    With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO for all of your needs, whether it be water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, cleaning services, the list goes on…

    Popular Restaurant fell victim to burst pipes

    2/19/2016 (Permalink)

    Academica Restaurant is temporarily closed due to multiple pipe breaks.

    The very popular Academica Restaurant famous for its Portuguese cuisine such as Portuguese Steak and Shrimp Mozambique, recently fell victim to burst water pipes right along with many other businesses and homes throughout the Southcoast Region. SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford was immediately called in to clean up the aftermath.

    We know all of their faithful customers are eagerly anticipating their reopening. Rest assured, our dedicated team is working side by side with the ownership to make that happen. There is no reopen date as of yet but we will be sure to let everyone known once that's all figured out.  

    With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO for all of your needs, whether it be water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, cleaning services, the list goes on…

    Carpet Cleaning at its finest!

    11/19/2015 (Permalink)

    Check out the 'dirt' line comparing the dirty and dull portion of carpet to the clean and vibrant portion. (Picture curtesy of Jordin)

    Dirty carpets???  Ohh yes, we do that!

    Check out the 'dirt' line comparing the dirty and dull portion of carpet to the clean and vibrant portion.   (Picture curtesy of our carpet cleaning guru Jordin.)

    Carpet cleaning is an important routine that you don't want to miss. Dirt hides in the deepest fiber of the materials and is an important contributor in the shelf life of your investment. Because constant changing of your carpet is expensive, you have to take care of it to save money. It is important to keep it clean at all times.

    With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO for all of your needs, whether it be water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, cleaning services, the list goes on…

    Our Fleet

    11/11/2015 (Permalink)

    Check it out, our SERVPRO green fleet has grown!

    Check it out, our SERVPRO green fleet has grown!  

    We take pride in our work and appearance.  You can tell by the pride we all share for our vehicles.  Let's face it, car and trucks are one of the fun parts about what we get to do each and every day. 

    Next time you see one of us on the road, feel free to give us a wave!

    With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO for all of your needs, whether it be water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, cleaning services, the list goes on…

    The doors have opened at the new home for SERVPRO of New Bedford North / Middleborough!

    5/5/2013 (Permalink)

    You've heard correctly, as of Monday April 22nd, there's a fresh new home office for SERVPRO of New Bedford North / Middleborough.  Right in the heart of New Bedford, the new space is centrally and conveniently located to access all major highway routes for quick emergency response.  As your local community neighbor, SERVPRO of New Bedford North / Middleborough is just a quick call away.

    With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO for all of your needs, whether it be water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, cleaning services, the list goes on…

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