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Winter Weather

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

snow storm winter snow

Here we are at the height of Winter weather!  Very often we have ice 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 and even start underground fires.  

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 a good deal 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.

We are always available for you at SERVPRO of Marion/Middleboro!  

3 Steps to Winterize Your Home - Marion 02738

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

house with snow around it Winter is quickly approaching, get your home ready for the season with these tips!

The winter season is quickly approaching which means that now is the time to properly prepare your home for the freezing temps that are sure to come. 

When it comes to winterizing your home, make sure to take these key steps to ensure you don’t have water damage on hands… or in this case, your home!

1. Clean your Gutters

Making sure your gutters are clear can go a long way to prevent leaks and backups. If the gutters are clogged with leaves, or in some cases, rodents, the water it collects will go into your house instead of flowing outside. 

2. Insulate areas in your home that are prone to freeze

This task may be a bit harder to accomplish. But we promise you, when the bitter cold temperatures come and everyone else’s pipes freeze except yours, you’ll be glad you went through the mild inconvenience of re-insulating your home. 

3. Detach Your Hoses

On the easier side, this task is very straightforward, but don’t trick yourself into thinking it’s simple. When putting your gardening tools away for the winter, don’t overlook detaching your houses. While you’re at it, make sure to drain them and insulate the faucets so they don’t freeze from the outside temps.

In this area of Massachusetts, winter quickly comes, and overstays its welcome. This is why we at SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough wanted to equip you with these tips so you can successfully ride out the colder months without having to deal with water damage. But if you do have water damage in your home or office, you can trust that we are more than ready to deal with whatever comes our way. 

Rainwater Can Cause Major Water Damage - Rochester 02770

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

There's something to be said about enjoying rainstorms, especially when you're home safe and sound. But with heavy rains clogging drains, that can be a potential threat to the integrity of your home or office. 

Drain backups caused by leaves blocking drains and gutters could result in some surprises such as sewer backups. This kind of damage differs from regular water damage since this water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms that can cause serious illnesses and in severe cases, even death. With so many risk factors associated with this type of emergency, the professionals at SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough technicians are trained specifically in dealing with all three categories of contaminated water. Along with training in water damage restoration, we also have the equipment and protective gear to safely restore your home or office. 

With our 24/7 emergency service, we’re available to deal with this kind of situation no matter the time. If rains and drains are resulting in pains, call SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough and we’ll make it, “Like it never even happened.”

It's The Water Damage For Me - Lakeville 02347

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Do you know what causes the most damage after a fire?

You’d be surprised to learn that it’s not actually the fire and smoke that causes the most damage, but the water damage that comes from trying to put the fire out. 

While the fire could have been caused by an electrical issue, or while cooking, when the fire is extinguished, the water that was used to put it out is still there; soaking and seeping through the walls and flooring. In the restoration process, this needs to be addressed first. 

When the crews at SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough begin the restoration process after a fire, we always ensure that the structure is completely dried first. This includes setting up specialized air movers, dehumidifiers, and VELOs to speed up the drying process.

Neglecting to properly dry out residential or commercial spaces exposes the building to secondary water damage such as mold growth, the loss of personal items, and structural damage. This can lead to even greater issues down the line like black mold and even replacements of certain parts of the home or office.

When a fire occurs, the most important thing is making sure everyone is out safely and the fire is put out. The next step is to get the water out and completely dry out the space.

Once those critical needs are addressed, we can move forward with restoring your home or office after the damage caused by the fire. This includes cleaning up smoke and soot damage, removing odors, and of course, making it, “Like it never even happened.”

For proper fire and water damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough 508-946-2397. 

Surprise Showers! - Acushnet 02743

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Not all surprises come perfectly wrapped in bows and decorated with tinsel. Some surprises come to us spread out around our kitchen tiles, basement floor, and even above our heads. These surprises splash us with dread, sprinkle us with anxiety, and spritz us with a wake-up call that one of our disaster nightmares is coming true. Those surprises are called water damage

Thankfully, the crew at SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough are well prepared to fight against this homeowner’s foe. With top industry training and certification, no element of surprise can hinder them from making your disaster "Like it never even happened."

While you may be just trying to keep your head above water, you can trust SERVPRO to be there to keep you afloat. Our crew doesn’t sink under pressure, and we’ll guarantee that you don’t either. At the top of industry standards, our water mitigation process will ensure that you can be drifting and cruising through this surprise in no time. In addition, our 24/7/365 response time assures that we’ll be available to respond to your surprise shower no matter the hour.

Whether it’s consistent dampness or steady flow, call SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough to ensure you don’t get carried away in the riptides of water damage. 508-946-2397

Your Air Ducts Could be Causing Water Damage - Rochester 02770

8/31/2020 (Permalink)

Have you checked your air ducts recently?

With all of the talk about indoor air quality and ventilation, there’s another important aspect we must consider: what exactly is going on in your air ducts?

Aside from the regular HVAC system functioning, there’s no clear way to know what exactly is going on in your system unless you are regularly maintaining it. And now more than ever, it’s important to make sure everything is functioning properly. 

One of the most important things to look for when servicing ducts, aside from any unexpected visitors (i.e. rodents), is the potential for water damage. This is especially important because you don’t want it to lead to mold growth and have mold spores flowing through your ventilation system. 

Water in your ducts accumulates when the draining coils aren’t working properly. When these coils aren’t working, the condensation settles in the ducts. This drainage issue could lead to leaks in your ducts and ceilings, and if not addressed, mold growth. 

By regularly maintaining and cleaning your air ducts, not only can you prevent water damage, but it’s also a great way to ensure that what you’re breathing is clean and quality air. 

For your air duct cleaning and water damage needs, call SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough: (508)946-2397

Three Steps to Take When You Have Water Damage - Lakeville 02347

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Living room flooded with water Water damage can occur anywhere, any time. Call the professionals for quick water restoration

When water damages happen, it’s never at a convenient time. Chances are it’s in the middle of a cold winter night or just after you return from a week-long vacation and suddenly find yourself with 5 inches of water in your basement. 

Before we get into what steps need to be taken once you determine that you have water damage on your hands, the most important thing you can do is call a professional, IICRC certified restoration company such as SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough to restore the damage. 

When you call a professional company, you get professional results. But if you hire subpar, expect subpar work. 

Here are three main steps to take when you notice you have water damage:

1. Shut the main water off. 

This may seem pretty straightforward, but you’d be surprised at how overwhelmed people can get when they noticed flooding in their home or office. To prevent the damage from worsening, locate your main water valve, and shut off the water. 

2.   Call an IICRC Certified restoration company, such as SERVPRO

When dealing with water damages, time is of the essence and we pride ourselves on being faster to any size disaster. 

3.  Don’t try to do-it-yourself. 

As tempting as it may be to try to “fix-it” on your own, it can actually cause even more damage. Avoid opening windows, changing the temperature in the room, or even using a fan to dry up the water. These changes can have the opposite effect of drying the area. If water damage isn’t properly dried it can lead to secondary damage such as mold and rotting. 

While you may not be able to control when water damages occur, you do have a say in what you’ll do about it as well as what company you choose to work with. Regardless of who your insurance company recommends, it’s important to choose a company with a good reputation and one you can trust.

It’s the kind of trust and reputation that SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough has built for over 30 years. By serving our communities when they need it most, whether it’s day or night, we’ve helped countless people regain control of their lives after a disaster. Although we never wish a disaster on anyone, if you have to call someone, we hope you call us: (508)946-2397. We’re Here to Help. 

Sneaky Leaky - Middleborough 02344

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

worker inspects roof leak Leaks can show up in a number of places and by the time you see signs of leaking, it usually means you have water damage on your hands.

Spring makes its arrival known by the increase in pollen and the increase in rainfall.

While both are usually kept outdoors, a sneaky leak can “drop” in whenever it starts to pour. 

Water damage caused by burst pipes is common in the wintertime, but just because the seasons change, doesn’t mean we no longer run the risk of dealing with that wet visitor.

Springtime water damage can occur in all kinds of manners. At SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough, we’ve seen it occur quite often because of unresolved leaks. Whether in the roof in the basement, even the smallest leak can be responsible for great damage. 

The tricky thing with leaks is that you only know after it rains that there was even one to begin with, which leaves homeowners playing catch-up with their water damage. 

Thankfully, the crews at SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough are experienced in restoring the damage caused by even the sneakiest leak. Call our office today for all your water damage restoration needs!

You May Not Know What To Do, But We Do - Marion 02718

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

There are many cases where water damage can occur so severely that most homeowners simply don't have the knowledge or the equipment to handle it properly. With that said here are cues to expect when the restoration professionals are called on.

When the technicians of SERVPRO of Marion / Middelborough arrive at your home, the first thing you can expect is a thorough assessment of the damage. Not only will this provide you with an expansive list of damages, it often includes an outline of the steps that will be followed to extract the water from your home. 

We will come prepared with the latest equipment designed to help with every phase of the cleanup and restoration process. The type of equipment used are designed to remove water from homes such as air mover, dehumidifiers, extractors, and other specialized drying equipment. When choosing SERVPRO you can expect well-trained crews and IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified. A certification from this organization ensures that you are being serviced by highly trained technicians. This knowledge is backed by years of experience in the methods that have been proven to be effective. 

So while in the event of a disaster, you may not know what to do, we at SERVPRO of Marion / Middleborough do.

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

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!

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

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.

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.”

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!


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!

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.


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.

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

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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…