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How Do Pipes Burst? - Fall River 02721

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

One of the most common and stressful, headache-inducing disasters home and business owners face is the one involving water damage. Even when there’s a fire, it’s the water used for putting the fire out that causes the most damage. 

That being said, one of the most common causes of water damage is when pipes burst. And can you guess what is the most common season for pipe bursts? If you guessed winter, then you guessed right!

As the colder temperatures are creeping in on us, our calls for water damage caused by burst pipes is sure to increase. The question is, how do pipes burst?

In the colder months, pipe bursts are caused when the water inside the pipes freezes and therefore expand. As the water expands and the pressure in the pipes increases, this causes the pipe to rupture (or burst). However, that’s not when the water damage occurs. 

Water damage comes once the frozen water melts and returns to its liquid state. As the water begins to flow normally, the rupture (or bust) that took place when the frozen water expanded is now subject to free-flowing water and this water gets through the cracks and into your ceilings, walls, basement... basically anywhere where it shouldn’t be!

Burst pipes are headaches for homeowners. Thankfully, SERVPRO of Fall River knows just what to do to make it “Like it never even happened.” For all your winter water damage needs, call our office: 508-676-9100. We are Here to Help® 

Here's Why SERVPRO Can Handle Anything - Fall River 02720

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

damage caused by Hurricane Laura Our Disaster Recovery Teams are on the front lines rebuilding Lousiana following the devastation of Hurricane Laura.

When it comes to average-sized homes suffering water damage, local SERVPROs such as SERVPRO of Fall River are so familiar with handling the challenges that arise when dealing with the restoration process that we could probably do it with our eyes closed (don’t worry, we won’t). 

However, what about the challenges that come when restoring a 150,000 square foot facility following a disastrous fire? Or a 600,000 sq. ft. commercial building that’s been damaged by strong winds and storm damage. Or even a community that’s been devastated and destroyed after a hurricane. You know to call SERVPRO for your “contained” disasters. But who do you call when the world around you is turned upside down?

The answer is simple: it’s still SERVPRO

Yes, SERVPRO franchises are independently owned and operated, but when it comes to rebuilding cities and regions after extreme losses, we work together like a well-oiled machine. 

When hurricane season hits southernmost parts of the United States, when wildfires rage in California, or when cold fronts overwhelm the north, or even when your state of the art fire suppression system accidentally goes off in your facility, there is nothing we can’t handle. Call SERVPRO of Fall River for all your disaster needs, whether large or small, we have an army at our disposal. 

Improper AC Installation Could Lead to Water Damage - Somerset 02726

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

In the summer months, the only thing that can keep us cool is the beloved air conditioner unit. 

While some homes are equipped with a central air system, most homes still rely on window units to keep the heat at bay. Installing these units can seem pretty straightforward. However, improper installation can lead to leaks and cause water damage that goes unnoticed well past the summer months eventually causing severe damage to your home.

If you find that your AC unit is leaking, here are some potential causes:

1. Condensate Drain Line

When this drain line is clogged with dust, dirt, or mold, it can back up into your home.

2. Drain pan

If your AC unit is old, the drain pan may be rusted and water may be dripping right through. Simply replacing the pan could solve this issue. 

3. Condensate Pump

If your AC unit is installed in the basement, check to make sure your condensate pump, the pump that pumps the water outside, is working properly. In some cases, you may need to repair or place the pump.

4. Air Filter

Cleaning your air filter regularly (every 1-3 months, depending on the season) will help ensure that the air filter doesn’t block the airflow over the evaporator coil. If that does happen, due to the cold air blowing, the coil freezes and eventually melts dripping an excess amount of water that the pan may not be able to hold. 

Though these are not the only potential causes of water leaks from your AC unit, they are common and worth taking some time to check. Calling a professional HVAC or AC technician to take a look at your unit can help to prevent any unforeseen water damage.

However, if you realize that may be too late, the crews at SERVPRO of Fall River will be more than happy to help restore the water damage to your home or office. Call us today for a quick and free estimate. 

When Storms Come, So Do We - Somerset 02725

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Downed power lines and trees after a storm Watch out for downed trees and power lines. Seek shelter if you're caught in a storm and call local authorities for help.

Storms have the potential to be scary and unpredictable, but instead of panicking, we encourage you to prepare for the worst that could happen. 

That can mean stocking up on non-perishable food items such as canned goods and plenty of water. But it can also mean knowing who to call in case something happens. 

When disasters of any kind strike, SERVPRO of Fall River is available to help restore your home or commercial property following a loss. 

This includes water extraction caused by flooding or leaks in your roof or basement; contents restoration; fire damage that may have been caused by circuit shortages or electrical outbreaks; downed trees that damaged property. If it’s damage to your home, commercial property, or structure, chances are we can help you. 

If you’ve ever been affected by a storm or natural disaster, you’d know that SERVPRO of Fall River is never far behind. SERVPRO has often been called to assist in numerous local and national restoration efforts such as Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Harvey, and Hurricane Ike to name a few. So when it comes to restoring your home or commercial property, we know what we’re doing.

We encourage you to always be prepared, just like we are. 

Ready for whatever happens. 

Document Restoration - Swansea 02777

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Storm Season - Seekonk 02777

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

While storms happen in every season, it’s in the months between June and November that we really experience the wrath of Mother Nature.

With experts claiming that this will be a sever hurricane season (as if 2020 hasn’t been disastrous enough!) SERVPRO crews are already mobilizing to meet the needs of countless neighborhoods and communities to assist with getting them back up and running. 

The important thing to remember when it comes to storm damage restoration is to go with a company or a brand you trust. One of the most common things that happen after a storm is the influx of out-of-town storm chasers looking to make a quick sale. While it can seem helpful at the time that they are able to get the repairs done quicker and cheaper, once they are done, however, they leave town and are nowhere to be found. Therefore, if you have any questions, concerns, and even worse, a repair was not properly made, those storm chasers are long gone. 

When it comes to storm damage restoration, trust your local SERVPRO of Fall River. 

Beware of Secondary Water Damage - Fall River 02723

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

The funny thing about water damage is even if an area doesn’t look wet, there’s always a chance that the place where the water damage occurred hasn’t properly dried.

Once water damage happens, it’s important to call a professional water damage restoration technician, like the ones at SERVPRO of Fall River, to get to work right away to restore the damage. 

The more time that is spent between the damage occurring and getting a professional on-site to restore, the less likely it is that we’ll be able to prevent secondary water damage. 

This can include: 

  • Mold growth
  • Electrical damage, 
  • Corrosion of metal materials
  • Wood rot
  • Material damage of laminate or hardwood flooring 

A good rule of thumb to follow after any disaster is this: call a professional as soon as you are made aware of the damage. The longer you wait, the more damage the disaster will cause, and the less likely it will be restorable. 

Our technicians are available 24/7/365 to assist with all emergency disasters. Call our office after your water damage to ensure it is properly dried and to prevent secondary damage. SERVPRO of Fall River is Here to Help. 508-676-9100.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry-leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high-frequency touchpoints, foot traffic, and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for the cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Fall River today at (508)676-9100 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision-makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Green Means Clean - Fall River 02723

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to re-opening your office or place of work after a pandemic, you don’t just want to use your regular cleaning company to wipe down your keyboards and door handles. You also don’t want to put your employees at risk by having them clean it themselves. 

To ensure the safety and peace of mind for yourself and your employees as they return to their workplaces, it's important to make sure your office or commercial building is not only clean but disinfected as well. 

SERVPRO of Fall River is more than just a cleanup company. One of our many specialties includes biohazard cleaning of all kinds. This means that our technicians are trained and prepared to handle biohazard disasters, including the disinfection of viral pathogens with our proprietary, hospital-grade, CDC approved disinfectant, SERVPROXIDE™. 

Not only are we able and well-equipped to handle all of your commercial disinfection needs, but you will also be able to confidently say that your location has been cleaned and disinfected by a professional cleaning company certified by the IICRC. 

For all disinfection questions, call the green team, SERVPRO of Fall River 509-676-9100

Hurricane Preparedness Week - Fall River 02723

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that the first full week of May is Hurricane Preparedness week?

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. 

  1. Make an emergency communication plan: where to go, what to do, how to reconnect.
  2. Make sure you know your community’s evacuation plan and route
  3. Collect and safeguard critical documents and records
  4. Pack an emergency kit with items such as food, water, flashlights, medication, and phone chargers
  5. Know where your gas shut off valve and electrical shut off are located. 
  6. 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 Fall River. 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 Fall River - we’re Here to Help! 508-676-9100