What the Hail? – Somerset, MA 02724
Hail can easily become the size of a golf ball
“How about this weather we’re having?” Have you heard or used this conversation starter lately? If you have, odds are it wasn’t in relation to a hailstorm, especially around here. Although hailstorms are not very common in this area, here are some helpful tips just in case those “golf balls” start to fall from the sky!
Preparing for a hailstorm
If you have time to get prepared before a hailstorm here are some helpful tips to go by:
-It is best to store (if possible) vehicles, boats and other expensive items in a garage.
- Placing garbage bins, patio furniture, umbrellas and umbrella stands into a closed area such as a shed. This can help prevent further damage to your home if winds pick up.
-Making sure all doors and windows are closed.
-Closing blinds and curtains can help keep shattering glass from blowing towards you and your family while seeking shelter inside.
-Check trees around your home. If you have large branches close to the house it is best to trim them down. These branches can cause more damage during a storm if they were to break off and hit your homes windows.
-Checking your roof is another good step towards preparedness. If you see any broken shingles, getting them replaced right away can help lessen the damage from a hailstorm.
What is Hail?
According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hail is a form of solid precipitation that occurs when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere where they freeze into little balls. They can range from pea size to the size of a grapefruit. As hail is denser and hits with a lot more force than rain does it causes far more damage. According to NOAA, hail causes up to $1 billion in damages to crops and property each year.
Hopefully this never happens to you, but if it does don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Fall River For all your storm related questions.
Feel free to reach out to us for help at (508) 676-9100.
*Reference: National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Insurance & Water Damage
A flooded home could happen to anyone. Make sure you're covered before it happens to you
Are you Covered?
There is nothing more frustrating than waking up to find water damage throughout your home. The first thing you will probably find yourself doing, before calling your restoration experts, is asking yourself, “Does my homeowners insurance cover water damage?”
“Under most standard home insurance policies, if water damage occurs suddenly or accidentally from a source inside your home, such as a busted pipe, it will likely be covered by your homeowners insurance. If the water comes from outside your home, it will not be covered by your standard policy.” – Nationwide Insurance
Types of Damages NOT Covered by Homeowners Insurance
- Repair or replacement of the source of the water damage
- Maintenance problems not attended too
- Issues resulting from a flood
SERVPRO of Fall River is dedicated to working with you and your insurance company to help you navigate through the claims process. It is our pleasure to provide you with transparent service before, during, and after the restoration process.
Have a Water Damage? Call us today (508) 676-9100
Snow is in the Forecast
Photo depicting how ice dams are formed
Everything you need to know about Ice Dams
As hard as it may be to believe we’ll be seeing snow tomorrow, it’s true! And as lucky as the SouthCoast has been to have gotten away with such a mild winter this year, accumulation should start showing itself soon. An estimated 2-4 inches will fall Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning, and with snow, come ice dams.
What is an Ice Dam?
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water then backs up behind the dam and can leak into a home, causing damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.
How to Prevent Ice Dams
Fortunately, there are certain steps you can take to prevent ice dams from effecting your home this winter season. Below you’ll find our master short-list of safety measures that warrant a disaster-free winter.
- Close up attic bypasses
- Measure your attic insulation level
- Add roof and soffit vents
- Invest in an snow rake
If for some reason you do find yourself in need of our services, our 24/7 emergency response team will be ready to handle any size disaster to get you back to preloss condition.
Call us at (508) 676-9100
Disaster Preparedness Tips
Natural Disasters can strike at any time
Naturally, there are certain places that are more vulnerable to disasters than others. If you live in such places, there is the need to be highly cautious. This implies that you should have strategies in place to ensure that you are safe should a disaster strike. Most disasters strike unannounced and that is why it is important to have the right preventive measures in place.
So, what should you do to reduce damages and keep people safe in the event of a disaster?
- Register with an Emergency Unit- Almost all areas of the U.S. have disaster and emergency response units. Whether private or public; it is important to register with one or have a plan set for who you're preferred vendor will be.
- Master Evacuation Routes- Identify areas in your house or workplace where one can escape through in an event of disaster. Let your loved ones know the routes too. This is especially important in the event of a fire!
- Know the Threats You Face- It is important to know what kind of disasters that are likely to hit in your area. (i.e. Coastal Flooding)
- Everyone Should Be Prepared- Perhaps you have people in your family or workplace, who needs prior preparation during disasters. It is important to keep them in mind and prepared, when planning for these unforeseen events. (i.e. Elderly)
In case of a disaster occurring, contact SERVPRO of Fall River for professional and well-articulated help.
We know how to address all different types of disasters on the residential and commercial front.
Donation Drive- Fall River, MA 02724
SERVPRO helping local fire victims by becoming a drop off location.
As a community, we help each other out. Whether it be lending sugar to our neighbor or giving the elderly woman downstairs a ride to her doctor’s appointment. When disaster strikes however, that’s when it seems that we really come together! Recently there was a large apartment complex fire that occurred in Fall River. Over 80 people were displaced and had nothing but the clothes on their backs. With no building left to rebuild, there wasn’t much for us here at SERVPRO of Fall River to do. We wanted to still lend a hand, so we decided that we would offer our location as a donation drop off site.
Only two days into doing so, we had such an outpouring of support! A large number of items were brought to us that the displaced families were in desperate need of. Families, businesses and organizations alike donated items such as toiletries, toys, diapers, gift cards, clothing and much more. They were thinking about what it is that they use in their everyday routine, and were dropping them off by the car and truck full! It was a beautiful sight and a great feeling to see that the community was coming together to help.
As the need continues, we are still receiving calls and emails on how people can help. SERVPRO of Fall River, many other businesses, yes the community as a whole is making sure that these victims are not going through this alone. May we all continue to do our part to make sure the victims of this tragedy see a light at the end of the tunnel and may they have comfort in knowing that we are all here to help them in their time of need.
Are You Emergency Ready? Fall River, MA 02720
Are you Ready for Whatever Happens?
Up to 50% of Business Will Never Reopen!
With the New Year brings opportunity for new beginnings! Start 2019 off right be being READY!
Did you know up to 50% of businesses that suffer a disaster may never reopen? Of the businesses that do survive a disaster, the overwhelming majority had an emergency preparedness plan in place.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
Here's some of the things you'll get from taking advantage of this free app-
- A no cost assessment of your facility.
This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
- Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."
Ready to Get Started?
Make your first resolution be to help protect your business, your employees and your livelihood. Call SERVPRO of Fall River today at 508-676-9100 to learn more about how we can help you be "Ready for whatever happens" in the New Year!
Tornadoes on the SouthCoast? - Lincoln, RI
A Supercell Tornado Ravages the Central Plain of America
Toto, We're not in Kansas Anymore...
We are all aware of the recent tornado warnings that have been broadcasted across The Weather Channel, and how much of an abnormality they are in this part of the country. Normally, our knowledge of tornadoes comes from blockbuster dramas like Twister, or Storm Chasers – but what are these weather anomalies really like?
What is a Tornado?
A tornado is a funnel-shaped vortex of violent winds that form under a major storm system. Wind speeds can reach anywhere between 65mph to upwards of 300mph, depending on the scale of the tornado.
There are two forms of tornadoes, supercell and non-supercell. Supercell tornadoes are spawned from supercell thunderstorms, and are the most common tornado and typically the most dangerous. Non-supercell tornadoes are circulations that do not form from an organized storm front.
How do Tornado’s form?
According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, tornadoes come from the energy released in a thunderstorm.
Supercell tornadoes develop from a rotating updrift. One theory on how this rotation begins is that a column of air begins to rotate from wind shear, which is then fed by warm, moist air flowing in at ground level.
Non-supercell tornadoes form from a vertically spinning parcel of air already occurring near the ground, caused by wind shear from a warm, cold, or sea breeze front, or a dryline. When an updraft moves over the rotation, and stretches it, a tornado can form.
There are still many unanswered questions scientists face when examining supercell and non-supercell tornadoes, but with the help of modern technology and equipment, we are making strides towards learning more about these super storms every day.
What do to in the event of a Tornado?
When the tornado sirens sound, you may only have minutes to find safe shelter. It is recommended that you bunker down in your bathtub if an underground shelter isn’t available.
A bathtub is a great form of shelter given that they are strong, sturdy objects which are piped directly into the ground. Normally, bathtubs and loo’s are the only remnants of a home left after a tornado has passed through it.
One incredible story of survival comes from a 60-year-old woman from Louisiana who hid in her bathtub as a tornado was ravaging her home. The tornado picked up the tub, while she was hiding in it, and carried it to a wooded area not far from her home. Miraculously, the tub was placed gently on the ground, and she suffered only minor cuts and bruising.
Black Mold: What are the warning signs?
Toxic black mold feeds on the drywall pictured above
We recently learned that the term “black mold” is the most commonly searched phrase on Google to lead people to the SERVPRO of Fall River website. In honor of these findings, we’ve created this blog posting to teach you everything you need to know about Black Mold. Happy Reading!
What is Black Mold?
Black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum, is a toxic mold that grows in warm, damp and dark areas. Black mold begins to form after water or moisture has seeped into this warm, dark environment and goes left untreated. This process can happen anywhere, but the most common area for mold growth to happen is in the basement.
How can I tell if there’s Black Mold in my home?
If you’re concerned that black mold may be growing in your home or business, it is recommended that you contact SERVPRO of Fall River to examine the affected area. Below you’ll find ways to determine if contacting a professional is necessary.
Mold has an unmistakably musty odor to it. If you’re smelling must or mildew in your home, you’ve most likely got a mold problem. When determining where the problem is located, it is important to check all areas of a room thoroughly, including A/C units and furniture. It is also important to note that mold does not always grow on an objects surface – it could be lurking behind drywall, tile, or even in your HVAC system.
Black mold usually appears greenish-black in color, and features a slimy texture (see right) but may also appear gray, orange, brown or furry. It can appear flat against a surface, or bumpy and rigid.
Touching mold can spread spores to other parts of your home or business, making the containment process difficult and time consuming. It isn’t recommended you touch black mold, or any type of mold for that matter, due to health concerns and containment issues.
If you think you might have Black Mold in your home or business, call the professionals today at 508-676-9100
How Clean is the Air in Your Commercial Work Space?
Built-up Allergens in an Air Duct
HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. A HEPA filter works by filtering air and trapping dangerous particles. The smaller mesh design helps to trap smoke, pollen, dander and other fine particles that traditional filters miss. The HEPA filter design is essentially similar to the way a water filtration system works.
SERVPRO of Fall River only uses the highest quality HEPA filter machines in order to fully eradicate mold and other particles from the air. It is a vital component to purifying the toxins that pollute the air we breathe. SERVPRO of Fall River uses equipment with a HEPA filter after sewage and similar category 2 and 3 losses, mold mitigation to remove the mold spores from to prevent health hazards as well as contamination of previously uncontaminated areas of the building, as well as biohazard cleanup jobs where a room or structure is contaminated.
Fire Safety Tips you’ll Fall for this Season - Seekonk, MA
Don't let this happen to you!
As the cool fall weather starts to roll in, it is important to practice fire safety in the home to ensure your holiday season goes uninterrupted. Things like heating, holiday decorations, and candle burning can all leave room for disaster if not addressed properly.
Home Heating Safety Tips
If you heat your home centrally, it is important to have your system inspected and cleaned of any build up before the start of the fall season. A blocked air duct can be a potential fire hazard waiting to happen. Make sure to get your system routinely checked by a Certified HVAC professional, and call SERVPRO of Fall River for any cleanings it may require.
You should have your chimney inspected every year to make sure it’s in safe, working condition. Utilize your local Chimney Sweeper when necessary, and have any cracks within the foundation of the chimney filled if need be. It is also advised that a fireplace screen be used to keep sparks within the pit, and unwanted debris out. Finally, you should never use gasoline or any other combustible substance to start a fire and most importantly, never under any circumstances leave a fire unattended!
Space heaters are a great resource for heating areas of the home that otherwise don’t receive a lot of air flow. There are many precautions to follow when relying on a space heater, though, which include making sure there is at least a 3-foot radius of empty space between your space heater and any other objects. You should also never place clothing or any other flammable articles on your space heater, and avoid putting it near furniture or curtains. Lastly, it is very important you turn off and unplug your space heater when leaving the house or going to bed to avoid the possibility of fire.
Holiday Décor Safety Tips
Although Jack-O-Lanterns are a great way to add spook to your home during Halloween, you should never burn a real candle within one. Instead, try safer alternatives like a battery operated light.
One of the biggest fire starters on Thanksgiving Day are the infamous fried turkeys!
If you plan to deep fry your bird this Thanksgiving, we suggest you follow these tips so not to blow your house up;
- Set up the fryer you’ll be using AT LEAST 10 feet away from the home, or any other structure for that matter, and make sure it is situated on a level surface
- Make sure the turkey is thawed and dried out completely
- Keep a watchful eye on the oil temperature
Christmas tree Lights
Make sure when leaving the house or going to bed you turn your Christmas tree lights off and unplug them. Christmas trees are beautiful, and we all want to show off our decorating skills, but leaving your lights on when away from the home is dangerous. You’ll also want to make sure you’re watering your tree enough to prevent the pines from becoming dry and brittle, whereas they are extremely flammable in this state.