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Mold and Mildew issues

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Need mildew removal? Spring cleaning means you may find mildew lurking, call 508-676-9100 to schedule cleanup services.

The kitchen of this home in Fall River, MA is mold and mildew damaged to the max. It's easy to see the mold growth that's already occurred due to extensive water damage! SERVPRO of Fall River mildew removal technicians came out to this home because the homeowner was cleaning the structure and noticed mold growth all along the bottom of the walls.

When water leaks occur and aren't addressed right away, mold growth will almost always occur. While some molds aren't dangerous, the longer water damage sits, the more harmful mold and mildew growth can occur.

SERVPRO of Fall River is trained in mildew removal and will examine a structure for any visible signs of mildew or mold. The technician may recommend you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and associated containment process is being safety completed. 

This is why we do what we do: to help our communities get back to their lives. We are everywhere in the community. Call SERVPRO of Fall River today if you need mildew removal completed, 508-676-9100. Don't hesitate when your well being is on the line.

What is "Black Mold?"

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can cause reactions, you should contact us regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold may exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Fall River immediately. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

SERVPRO Storm Preparation Tips

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

When a storm hits your home, you need a company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Fall River has the capabilities and professional personnel to quickly respond to your storm damage concerns.

As we continue to see storms throughout the area, we at SERVPRO of Fall River want you to be aware of what the different threat levels mean so that you can be prepared for whatever happens. 

Flash Flood Watch

A Flash Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flash Flood Warning

A Flash Flood Warning is issued when flash flooding is imminent or occurring.

Flood Watch

A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flood Warning

A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (508) 676-9100

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 the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Be Storm Ready

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

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 SERVPRO of Madison North & East business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage. We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. SERVPRO of Madison North & East is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency.

For more information on storm preparation, visit https://www.ready.gov/severe-weather

Oven and Stove Top Safety

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

A stove and oven are a necessary household item. We use them on a daily basis for small meals and large meals alike. The stove is a critical component of the household and life would be hard without one, but life can be dangerous if you are not practicing safety and caution while using a stove.

Cooking fires are the primary cause of residential fires in the U.S. For the most part, kitchen fires are preventable, if you follow the safety tips provided below.

PURCHASING A STOVE TOP & OVEN:

  • Make sure it has the label of an independent testing lab.
  • Register your oven either online or with the provided card. This allows the manufacturer to contact you about recalls or potential dangers.
  • Be sure that your oven is installed properly, with safe clearance from the hood and proper wiring.
  • Consider installing "after market" safety devices, especially if small children are in your household. 
    • Stove Knob Stops
    • Stove Locking Straps
    • Stove Safety Guards

USING YOUR STOVE TOP & OVEN:

  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Keep it clean. Food particles and grease residue can ignite and cause a fire.
  • Create a “Kid-Free Zone” that children are aware they are not allowed to enter.
  • Check for body safety.
    • Tie back long hair.
    • Roll up long sleeves.
    • Remove loose jewelry.
    • Be sure footwear is non-slip.
  • Before each use, do an oven safety check.
    • Be sure you do not smell gas leaking from a gas stove.If you do, open a window and leave the room.
    • Make sure there is nothing in the oven. An oven should never be used for storage.
    • Make sure that there are no food particles or grease residue on the stove top.
    • Position your oven racks before pre-heating to prevent scalding.
  • Be sure to follow safety guidelines when using stove top burners.
    • Use burners on the back as much as possible.
    • Never use a pot that is too small or big for the burner.
    • Never leave a burner on that does not have a filled pot or pan on it.
    • Do not leave an empty pan on a hot burners.
    • Turn all pot and pan handles inwards. They can be pulled and knocked over when they are turned out.
  • Close the oven door immediately after removing or testing food.
  • Keep oven mitts and other cloth and paper out of the way of the burners.
  • Use oven mitts and oven sticks to remove pots and pans from the stove top or oven.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, baking soda and metal lids nearby to put out fires quickly.

IN CASE OF FIRE:

  • Never use water on a grease fire.
  • If it is small in the pan, throw baking soda on top of it or cover it with a metal lid.
  • Never use flour or fan the flames with a towel.
  • Use an ABC rated dry chemical extinguisher. Be sure it is placed next to an exit so that you can back out of the kitchen and home if the fire becomes uncontrollable.
  • If it is too big to smother with a lid or put out with an extinguisher, turn off the burner, move the pan off the burner if you are able to, and evacuate the house.
  • If it is in the oven, keep the door closed and turn off the heating element.
  • Do not remove a lid or open the oven door until the pot or pan has completely cooled.
  • Before trying to fight a fire, be sure to evacuate everyone from the home.
  • Turn off the burners or oven.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Facts About Cleaning Up After a Fire

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

The Facts About Cleaning Smoke Damage After a House Fire

Many homeowners think that they can clean-up smoke damage to their home after it has been burned in a fire. Unfortunately, that is never a good idea. Cleaning up smoke and soot damage requires professionals to do the job.

Bring in the Fire Damage Pros

First off, a house that has been burned in a fire is typically not safe to enter or spend time in. The integrity of walls and floors may have been damaged, along with other hazards. It’s important not to enter the home until professionals tell you it is safe to do so. 

While you should not undertake trying to clean up smoke and soot damage from a house fire yourself, you should get the professionals into your as soon as possible. Ash and smoke, if left untreated, will cause corrosion, discoloration and a lingering powerful and offensive odor. Ash, specifically, will start causing damage and discoloration almost immediately and the damage may be permanent and irreversible. Anything that was made of plastic will begin discoloring within minutes. Metals will easily tarnish and corrode and fiberglass will begin to yellow. 

If you get fire damage restoration professionals in soon enough after a house fire, they can mitigate or eliminate the smoke and ash damage from the fire and prevent further damage to your property. Unfortunately, if you don’t get the pros in early, the damage becomes worse and worse and the costs to repair will begin to skyrocket within just a few weeks!

What a Trained and Certified Fire Damage Restoration Professional Does

A trained and certified fire damage restoration professional will first identify all affected materials and the source of odors, if possible. They will be extremely thorough. They will identify what can be salvaged and cleaned and what cannot be and must be completely replaced. They will then begin the clean-up process by removing built-up ash residue. Once the ash is cleaned, they can better identify the sources of odors, which they will treat with special detergents made to neutralize the odors. Once fire damaged materials are treated, they will be sealed to prevent future odors from emitting into your home.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Does Your Business Have an Emergency Readiness Plan?

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

When your commercial building is hit with a devastating fire or water damage, you need immediate action to get back in business right away. Let SERVPRO of Fall River help you to create an Emergency Readiness Profile for your business. This concise document provides an emergency action checklist of what to do in the event of a fire or water damage that will keep your employees safe and help reduce business interruption. Knowing what to expect and how to respond in case of an emergency greatly reduces the potential damage to your property and speeds up the process of mitigation. An experienced restoration specialist will spend time getting to know your unique business and will provide the profile at no charge to you. Included in the profile is a detailed list of shut-off valve locations for sprinklers, alarms, and other critical utilities as well as priority contact information for who to call in case of emergency. A detailed overview of your property is included, complete with digital pictures for insurance purposes. We will provide you with a concise list of who to call and what to do so you can get back to business as usual. Does your business have a preparedness plan in place? Let SERVPRO of Fall River partner with your business to give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing what to do when the unthinkable happens. 

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

 As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be. 

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Water Damage Facts

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the most common forms of damage to property.

Whether it's from a busted water pipe, sewage backup or flooding, water damage can wreak havoc on your property if not addressed immediately. While you likely already know the importance of proper water mitigation following a water loss, there's still a lot that may surprise you about water damage situations. Here are some essentials you should know about water damage restoration:

The more polluted the water, the worse your situation. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) classifies water into three categories in its S500 Standard:

  • Category 1: Generally sanitary water
  • Category 2: Significantly contaminated water
  • Category 3: Grossly contaminated water

The category of water on any loss will dictate how it's restored and how much can be salvaged.

Mold can be debilitating to your home's structure and to your health. And, it doesn't take long to begin to grow. Mold needs only five perfect conditions to grow in 48-72 hours:

  • Moisture
  • Food source
  • Prime temperature
  • No/minimal air movement
  • No/minimal light

Fast action is crucial. In order to begin processing an insurance claim, your agent needs to know about a water damage situation immediately, what happened, how it happened, the source of the water, etc. The longer you wait, the worse the situation gets -- not to mention, your chances of having a "sudden damage" claim approved begin to dwindle.

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (508) 676-9100

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.

Thoughts on Fire Damage in your home

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

When smoke and flames consume a residence, trying to pick up the pieces and return to a normal life may seem impossible.   Fire damage restoration is an important first step in the process of rebuilding the structure and making it a livable space once again. The process of remediation after this kind of loss is time-sensitive and involves a number of steps. Finding a professional organization to perform this process can lessen stress, on the body and mind as well as financially, and help property owners return to the home that they love. A professional fire damage restoration team follows a number of steps in achieving the goal of returning the affected property to its former state. Proper cleaning of the structure itself, proper cleaning of your contents as well as properly cleaning your air conditioning unit will ensure that your home will be smoke free and you can get back to normal.

After any fire 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 Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (508) 676-9100

Are you prepared for house fire?

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

House fires can be devastating for a family. You may never truly feel prepared, but there are steps you can take to become prepared. The American Red Cross has gone to great lengths on their web page providing tips and suggestions on home fire prevention. 

The 7 Ways to Prepare for a Home Fire

  1. Install the right number of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.

  2. Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.

  3. Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.

  4. Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.

  5. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire“ to alert everyone that they must get out.

  6. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.

  7. Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.