Is Your Business Prepared?
Is your local business prepared for other emergencies? Disasters can strike at any time and they can be overwhelming, especially when you begin the mitigation and rebuilding process. According to this article by the U.S. Small Business Administration, it suggests that businesses should assess their risks and create an emergency preparedness plan. Focus on realistic disasters that may pose a risk to your business. The SBA website includes resources, including checklists and safety tips for different types of emergencies, including hurricanes, winter weather and floods.
Make sure your emergency plan includes the phone number of your local SERVPRO! (HINT: It's 508-676-9100) We’re ready at a moment’s notice, 24/7, 365 days a year! The goal is to minimize the damage to your business and restore your facilities as soon as possible. Don’t let your business become a statistic… According to the SBA, many businesses fail to reopen after a disaster, as the task of repair can be daunting.
Emergencies, including floods, fires and natural disasters are obviously unpredictable. But, when they strike, you can depend on SERVPRO of Fall River to make it “Like it never even happened.”
May is National BBQ Month!
The month of May is National BBQ Month! Is there anything better than grilled food on a summer day? Just the smell alone is extremely nostalgic in my opinion! Whether I’m cooking hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken or even pizza, the grill is a culinary staple all throughout the warmer months.
As the weather gets warmer in New England and we begin to uncover and dust off our grills, the SERVPRO of Fall River team would like to share some grilling safety tips!
According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments around the US reported to an average of 8,900 fires associated to backyard grilling! About half of those fires resulted in structural damage to homes. The NFPA recommends grills are kept clean and closely monitored, among other great tips. Grills should be placed away from your home, deck railings, low hanging tree branches and should never be placed under awnings. The hose on your propane tank should be checked yearly for leaks, which can be done by applying warm, soapy water to the hose and inspecting for bubbles. If using a charcoal grill, the NFPA recommends letting coals cool completely before attempting to dispose of them.
Want a simple test to check your gas grill for leaks? Check out this great video from the National Fire Prevention Association.
Get Your Home Ready For Storm Season
It’s been a dreary few weeks here in Fall River, MA. We’ve had rain almost all week and more rain is projected in the forecast. Now is the perfect time to make sure your Sump Pump is ready for heavy rain! The purpose of a Sump Pump is to remove excess water from storms (or pipe breaks) away from your home. But what happens when the pump stops working? The water then can begin to accumulate in your basement. If you have a finished basement, this is even more of a headache.
Here are a few tips to make sure that your pump is in working order:
- Make sure it’s properly plugged in. Inspect all electrical equipment to ensure there is no damage to wires or cords.
- Check for debris in the basin, especially leaves or mud. Remove as needed.
- Make sure the float can freely move and isn’t stuck to the basin’s side.
- Test the pump by slowly adding a bucket of water to the basin until the float rises. The pump should successfully turn on.
- Test the batteries on the battery operated back-up pump. Also inspect the battery operated pump the same way mentioned above for an electrical pump.
In the event that your Sump Pump fails, SERVPRO of Fall River is here to help. Our technicians are highly trained to complete a cleanup and make it “Like it never even happened.” We provide 24-Hour Emergency Service, so never hesitate to call us! (508) 676-9100.
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As we move further into Governor Baker’s Reopening Massachusetts’s plan, many businesses are reopening at higher capacity. As life returns to normal, we are still at risk for positive COVID-19 cases. To minimize these risks, the CDC recommends heightened hygiene protocols, including regular sanitization of workstations, doorknobs, bathrooms and high touch surfaces to prevent the spread of the virus.
However, positive cases can still happen! If you’re notified of a positive case in your workplace, call SERVPPRO of Fall River to schedule a disinfection. Our technicians are specially trained to disinfect your business. Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned** program is centered around 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify. We consult with each business to ensure its unique needs are being met. We clean based on the discussed plan and according to standards set by the CDC. We certify your business by providing a window cling shield posted on the front window to indicate to your customers your commitment to their health and safety!
Not only does SERVPRO of Fall River provide disinfection services in the event of COVID-19 contamination, we’re also here for all any of your commercial cleaning needs! This includes deep cleaning of office and restaurant spaces (the kitchen, too!), rug cleaning and as always, fire and water restoration! Call SERVPRO of Fall River for all of your commercial needs.
**Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the job according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry standards (CDC, RIA, IICRC) with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience and result.
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New England is known for its unpredictable weather and Storms are no stranger to us. They 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.
Questions for us, no worries! We are Here to Help at SERVPRO of Fall River at 508-676-9100.
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How to operate a fire extinguisher
Do you know that having a fire extinguisher nearby in your home could potentially prevent you from a disaster?
If you have a small fire in your house, car, boat, etc. and you have an appropriate extinguisher near by, putting out something small on your own can be quick and relatively simple. What you may not have time for however, is reading the instructions fully on how to use the extinguisher. The goal is for you to learn BEFORE the burn.
So here are the basic instructions for most extinguishers. In short, this is what to do...
1-Pull the Pin at the top of the extinguisher. The pin releases a locking mechanism and will allow you to discharge the extinguisher.
2-Aim at the base of the fire, not the flames. This is important - in order to put out the fire, you must extinguish the fuel.
3-Squeeze the lever slowly. This will release the extinguishing agent in the extinguisher. If the handle is released, the discharge will stop.
4-Sweep from side to side. Using a sweeping motion, move the fire extinguisher back and forth until the fire is completely out. Operate the extinguisher from a safe distance, several feet away, and then move towards the fire once it starts to diminish.
POP QUIZ: How long does a fire extinguisher typically last when trying to put out a fire?
A minute, two minutes maybe? NO. In fact, a typical fire extinguisher contains only 10 seconds of extinguishing power! It could actually be less if it has already been partially discharged.
That's why SERVPRO of Fall River encourages you to read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher beforehand and become familiarized with its parts. It is highly recommended by fire prevention experts that you get hands-on training before operating a fire extinguisher. Most local fire departments offer this service.
Once the fire is out, don't walk away. Watch the area for a few minutes in case it re-ignites. Replace or Recharge the extinguisher immediately after use.
Are you Ready?
The crews at SERVPRO of Fall River are all business when it comes to cleaning up yours after any kind of disaster.
With our 24/7 emergency response, our technicians work around the clock to make sure your doors are ready to be opened as soon as possible. We understand that only 50% of businesses recover after a disaster of any kind — one of the major reasons is because of how long a business stays closed after such an event.
With the help of SERVPRO, we can minimize the time spent restoring a business back to its preloss condition by establishing a free resource called our Emergency Ready Plan (ERP). We do this by compiling a list of important information such as emergency contacts and shut off valve locations to cut down on response time and limit the extent of the damage. With this plan in place, businesses can be sure that we have all the accurate and up to date information to get their business back in working condition if or when a disaster occurs.
If this is something you’d like to have established in your business, call SERVPRO of Fall River for us to establish a completely free Emergency Ready Plan for your business!
A clean environment is a healthier one.
As businesses are preparing to go back into the office it is more important than ever to have a clean, healthy work environment which can impact business in more ways than you may think.
Having a tidy, professional appearance portrayed to customers and business associates, who frequent your business, is probably the most obvious benefit. A clean office space can portray your business as organized, competent and professional upon first impressions. The same way you wouldn’t show up to an important meeting with disheveled clothing on; you would not want your office space to give the impression your business as messy, neglected or chaotic. Even if your work space doesn't have frequent customer traffic a clean commercial space can improve business in many ways.
Here are a few ways routine commercial cleaning by SERVPRO can drive revenue & productivity for your business:
-Healtheir environment- keeping air & surface quality high reduces unanticipated employee ‘sick’ days.
-Improved morale & productivity in employees
-Safer work environment- Avoid and/or reduce: the number workers compensation injuries, spread of viruses and diseases.
Call us at SERVPRO of Fall River 508-676-9100 to schedule your cleaning.
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Living in New England makes us familiar with winter storms but we also have Summer storms which consist of different kinds of violent weather that can produce strong winds, heavy rains, lightning, thunder, and hail that can cause injuries, and destruction of property, crops and livestock. ... Wind speeds reach 74 mph or more, blowing in a large spiral around a calm center (the “eye”).
The high humidity, in conjunction with warm temperatures, creates massive amounts of warm, moist air rising into the atmosphere, where it can easily form a thunderstorm. ... As the process of evaporation and condensation occurs, these droplets collide with other moisture that is condensing as it rises.
Call us at SERVPRO of Fall River at 508-676-9100 for all your storm related issues.
Trouble in your Basement!
A basement with water leaks
Here at SERVPRO of Fall River 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.
Learn more about what to do when your basement floods or call SERVPRO of Fall River today at (508)676-9100.