Recent Storm Damage Posts
Nor'Easters & The Southcoast 02344
Nor’Easters & The Southcaast
If you have spent any time in the Southeast area of Massachusetts, you have more than likely experienced a Nor’Easter. Nor’Easters usually occur between November & March, however, can develop as early as September lasting through April.
These storms can develop 100 miles east or west of the coastline from as far south as Georgia to New Jersey and beyond. The Nor’Easter develops where the cold air and warm water meet causing a low pressure system. Conditions often change quickly causing severe damage.
If you live or work in a flood zone or an area prone to flooding, you should have a family emergency plan to evacuate. It is also a good idea to assemble an emergency kit with medical supplies and medications that may be necessary. Always follow the public safety officials guidelines and heed warnings to avoid putting first responders at greater risk. Prepare for power outages by having flashlights ready with fresh batteries along with checking smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
It’s not a bad idea to consider purchasing a generator to provide power during an outage and make a record of your personal property by taking photos or videos of your belongings and store them in a secure location.
It is important to prepare if possible as these storms pose the threat of storm surges, high winds, heavy snow, heavy rainfall, inland flooding and rip currents and they can last several days.
We, of course, hope you never suffer damages from a storm like this, however, if it does don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough. For all your storm related questions. Feel free to reach out to us for help at (508) 946-2397.
There's (Always) A Storm Coming - Lakeville 02347
Living in a coastal area, storms come as quickly as they go. We have a saying in New England that goes, “if you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes.” One minute you could be tanning by the water and the next minute Mother Nature decides you should be in the water instead… and so it begins to downpour.
Storms may be most prevalent in certain months out of the year, but make no mistake, they are always looming and threatening us throughout the year. Whether that’s snowstorms, flash floods, or wind storms, our beautiful south coast area sees its all. And so does SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough. Our crews and technicians are “ready for any sized disaster” and equipped to handle whatever happens, whenever it happens with our 24/7/365 (366 on leap years) emergency disaster recovery team.
If your home or business has been affected by storm damage, call SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough: 508-946-2397. We’re here to help.
Get Ready For Disasters With Our ERPs - Middleborough 02344
Did you know that 50% of businesses that suffer a disaster never recover?
Those are sobering statistics. Oftentimes as business owners, one can be focused on merchandising, services, customer retention, pricing, and the list goes on. Disasters are usually not the main concern. With so much going on, it can be hard to even stay above water.
While disaster may not be your top priority, it is ours. This is why SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough is committed to making sure businesses stay up and running even if a disaster happens. Our trained and certified technicians are available 24/7/365 (and 366 on leap years) to handle disasters on commercial properties with the least amount of business interruption.
Disasters shouldn’t have the final word when it comes to running your businesses. And because SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough works to restore your business back to preloss condition, they won’t.
A (Stormy) White Christmas - Rochester 02777
There’s something magical about seeing snow on Christmas. It could be the way everything really does look calm and bright, or maybe the way everyone gathers inside because it’s too dangerous to be out, or even because it makes us feel as if we’re in a Holiday Hallmark movie — a white Christmas is the icing on the cake of the holiday season.
However, as magical as a white Christmas can be, it can also cause major mayhem if your home isn’t ready to withstand the ever-changing New England temperatures. With the threat of a nor’easter always above us like a dark cloud, it’s important to make sure you and your home are storm ready.
Keeping a first aid kit, batteries, non-perishable foods, and extra water are key measures in making sure you’re prepared and taking care of yourself and your loved ones. For all other disasters, you can trust that SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough is “ready for whatever happens."
When it comes to Hurricane Preparedness SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough knows a thing or two:
Hurricane season begins June 1st and ends on November 30th. We hope these tips will come in handy for when you’re preparing you and your household members for an unpredictable season.
- Make an emergency communication plan: where to go, what to do, how to reconnect.
- Make sure you know your community’s evacuation plan and route
- Collect and safeguard critical documents and records
- Pack an emergency kit with items such as food, water, flashlights, medication, and phone chargers
- Know where your gas shut off valve and electrical shut off are located.
- Protect your pets by making an emergency plan and kit for them. Remember to include medication if needed.
Being “Ready for whatever happens” is one of the many things we pride ourselves in at SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough. Hopefully, these simple tips will help you to also be prepared in the event of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane.
And a last tip and reminder: when faced with property storm damage, call your local SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough - we’re Here to Help! 508-946-2397
Here's What You Need in Your Disaster Kit - Lakeville, MA
Here are some items to keep in your disaster preparedness kit.
September is disaster preparedness month and we have a saying we live by at SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough that goes: Don’t panic but be prepared.
We know that some things are unpreventable, but that doesn’t mean we can’t prepare for the unexpected. Being "Ready for whatever happens" includes preparing for the worst but also hoping for the best. Which is why disaster preparedness and response is where we come in.
As a result of our storm damage experience, we want to equip our communities with key tools so they can also be "Ready for whatever happens" just like we are.
One way you can also be ready is by having a disaster emergency kit packed for you and members of your household.
Here are a few things we recommend to include:
- Battery-powered radio
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Dust mask
- Plastic sheeting and duct tape
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties
- Wrench or pliers
- Manual can opener
- Local maps
- Cell phone with solar chargers and a backup battery
For additional items to include, visit ready.Gov for great tips to help build a kit.
By preparing for a disaster you position yourself and your loved ones to be a step ahead by thinking clearly and removing the weight of panic off your shoulders. For all your storm damage restoration needs, contact SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough.
When Storms Land, So Do We - Marion 02718
When storms hit your city, you can trust that SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough is in your community working to get your neighborhood safe and secure from the damages it caused.
With experts predicting an intense storm season this year, SERVPRO crews have already mobilized to different parts of the country to assist local franchises in restoring homes after storm damage. Hurricane season, coupled with summer rains and flooding can overwhelm home and property owners with what feels like one disaster after another. It can be a lot to take in and manage on your own. Which is why SERVPRO’s Storm Response Team is Here to Help.
In addition to your local, IICRC certified SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough attending to your storm damage restoration needs, you’ll also have access to the countless regional and even nationwide SERVPROs working to get your community back up and running. It’s no wonder SERVPRO is called in time after time, storm after storm to assist in rebuilding neighborhoods and restoring not only homes but hearts as well. Disasters ruin everything in their path, but with the help of SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough, we can rebuild — together. We’re Here to Help®.
What Should You Protect Before the Next Storm?
Keep an eye out on these important things before the next storm:
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.
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.
How to Be Storm Ready - Mattapoisett 02739
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
'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.”
Beware of Storm Chasers - Rochester 02777
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
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
Storm Damage, Drain Backup's, and Important Insurance Information
Are you a home or business owner whose real estate is situated at the bottom of a hill? You may not think much of it at first, but when heavy rains hit and storm drains back-up, you could be at risk for flooding. Some precautions you can take to avoid disaster would be to make sure your sump pump is in good working condition, or perhaps even having a french drain installed.
As we like to say; we can’t prevent disasters, but we can prepare for them. To do so, you should perform a home insurance “check-up” at the beginning of each year to look for any gaps in your policy. Furthermore, creating a home inventory list can come in handy if or when you do ever experience a loss. This will expedite the claims process and ensure you get a quicker payout.
Temperamental Storms - Lakeville, 02347
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.”
What the Hail? – Freetown, MA 02717
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
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.
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.
With the extra highway congestion due to holiday travel, speeding becomes even more dangerous. Allow plenty of space cushion and reduce your speed.
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
Storm Ready at Any Time
A tree falls through the roof of this home after a large storm hits
Severe weather can happen anytime, in any part of the country. According to ready.gov, severe weather can include hazardous conditions produced by thunderstorms, including damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, flooding and flash flooding, and winter storms associated with freezing rain, sleet, snow and strong winds.
Restoring storm and flood damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property back to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately to your claim, which helps to minimize secondary damage to the structure. We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency 24/7/365.
For more information on storm damage services, click here.
Preparing your Home for Cold Weather - Lakeville, MA 02347
Is Your Home Ready for the Cold?
Don't Get Caught in the Cold
We’ve turned back the clocks.
Caught up on our favorite TV shows.
…And Thanksgiving is just a week away.
Yep, winter is officially on its way in New England!
When it comes to winterizing your home, it may feel like just one more chore on top of the already dozen piled onto your to-do list. Still, winterizing is a crucial part in preparing your home for the frigid temps that can roll in off of the coast and cause thousands in property damage.
To help simplify this process, we’ve created a home weatherproofing checklist – because let’s face it, you’re already under enough stress from the holidays! Here you’ll find ways to ensure your home is ready before the season’s first snow fall, and require little to no handiness:
- Clean gutters & downspouts in mid-fall then double check them before winter
- Close any vents in your home that may have been opened for the warm weather
- Drain & disconnect hoses from outside faucets and turn off the water supply
- Buy snow shovels, salt and other winter supplies before the bad weather hits
- Caulk or apply weather stripping around draft areas
- Have your chimney cleaned before firing it up
- Run fans in reverse
- Replace the filter in your furnace
- Turn down your water heater
- 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
Tornadoes in Southeastern Mass? - Taunton, MA 02718
A Supercell Tornado Ravages the Central Plains of America
Toto, We're not in Kansas Anymore...
We are all aware of the recent tornado warnings that have been broadcasted across The Weather Channel, and how much of an abnormality they are in this part of the country. Normally, our knowledge of tornadoes comes from blockbuster dramas like Twister, or Storm Chasers – but what are these weather anomalies really like?
What is a Tornado?
A tornado is a funnel-shaped vortex of violent winds that form under a major storm system. Wind speeds can reach anywhere between 65mph to upwards of 300mph, depending on the scale of the tornado.
There are two forms of tornadoes, supercell and non-supercell. Supercell tornadoes are spawned from supercell thunderstorms, and are the most common tornado and typically the most dangerous. Non-supercell tornadoes are circulations that do not form from an organized storm front.
How do Tornado’s form?
According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, tornadoes come from the energy released in a thunderstorm.
Supercell tornadoes develop from a rotating updrift. One theory on how this rotation begins is that a column of air begins to rotate from wind shear, which is then fed by warm, moist air flowing in at ground level.
Non-supercell tornadoes form from a vertically spinning parcel of air already occurring near the ground, caused by wind shear from a warm, cold, or sea breeze front, or a dryline. When an updraft moves over the rotation, and stretches it, a tornado can form.
There are still many unanswered questions scientists face when examining supercell and non-supercell tornadoes, but with the help of modern technology and equipment, we are making strides towards learning more about these super storms every day.
What do to in the event of a Tornado?
When the tornado sirens sound, you may only have minutes to find safe shelter. It is recommended that you bunker down in your bathtub if an underground shelter isn’t available.
A bathtub is a great form of shelter given that they are strong, sturdy objects which are piped directly into the ground. Normally, bathtubs and loo’s are the only remnants of a home left after a tornado has passed through it.
One incredible story of survival comes from a 60-year-old woman from Louisiana who hid in her bathtub as a tornado was ravaging her home. The tornado picked up the tub, while she was hiding in it, and carried it to a wooded area not far from her home. Miraculously, the tub was placed gently on the ground, and she suffered only minor cuts and bruising.
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
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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
Preventing Frozen and Burst Water Pipes- Marion, MA
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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
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!!
Minimize Business Loss due to Storm Damage- Lakeville, MA 02347
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
50% of Businesses Never Reopen! Middleboro, MA 02346
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
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!
Why Choose SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro?
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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
Water Damage Timeline
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
- 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.
Dear Business Owners,
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..
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!
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.
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…