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New England Storms -02720

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

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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.

Fire Safety! -02721

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Fire extinguisher 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?

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

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!

Clean Environment

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Office 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.  

-Regular disinfecting 

Call us at SERVPRO of Fall River 508-676-9100 to schedule your cleaning.  

Summer Storms

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

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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!

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Basement with water 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.  

Fire Spreads

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

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We see it often, especially in older neighborhoods where homes are close together.  There is nothing worse than having your home catch on fire, aside from your neighbors home catching on fire.

Aside from the devastating loss they suffer, you could also be at risk for the fire to blow over to your home. Depending on the night and the force of the fire, it can affect your property as well. 

While, as homeowners, we do our best to prevent disasters from occurring and take the necessary safety precautions to keep bad things from happening. However, there are two things we can’t control: the wind, and our neighbors. 

The wind goes where it pleases, and takes whatever it pleases with it. From leaves to embers, the wind can be our friend on hot days when it comes in the form of a slight breeze. Or it can be your greatest fear when it carries flames over to your property. As scary as it may be to see the worst come to play, and as helpless as you may feel, there is still hope for the recovery. 

At SERVPRO of Fall River, we understand that disasters happen, and that’ why we’re here to help. If the winds don’t blow in your favor, we’re here to help you redirect your sails of disaster restoration.

Safe Grillin!

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Grill fire Grill on fire

The long awaited Summer is around the corner and with it comes cookouts, barbecues, and good ole fashioned grilling. It’s the time of year where the hot dogs and hamburgers have a different taste to it, and patience wears thin as the smell coming from the grill makes our tummies rumble. 

Although, if the cook isn’t careful, that flavorful scent could soon turn into smoke and flames if the grill has not been properly cleaned. Did you know that grill fires are responsible for roughly 100 injuries and 10 deaths per year? In addition to the danger they pose, they also cause roughly $37 million in damage each year. 

One of the main causes is the mishandling of propane grills. As popular as propane grills are, many forget the dangers it can cause if not handled properly. Here are a few summer grilling safety tips to ensure that only your meat is taking on the heat: 

1. Although it’s tempting to step out on your deck and grill right there — all grills should be at least 10 feet away from your house and shouldn’t be used on a combustible surface. A concrete pad is helpful in offering stability and lowering the risk of the fire spreading.

2. Check the hose and connection for leaks and blockages.

3. Check for bees! Bees will get inside of grills and create hives there. 

4. Clean your grill of built-up grease from previous uses. Cleaning your grill regularly also lowers the risk of flare-ups and fires. 

5. Be extra careful when changing the tank as this can be a biggest potential for a leak occur. 

6. Never leave the grill unattended and make sure children and pets are at a safe distance. 

7. Don’t pour water on grease fires! The water will quickly evaporate and cause more smoke, making it worse 

8. Make sure to have a fire extinguisher nearby, just in case. 

9. If you see that the fire is too much to handle, call 911 and evacuate.

10. Call SERVPRO of Fall River for all your fire damage cleanup and restoration needs. 

Happy (and safe) grilling! 

Water Water Everywhere!

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

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Commercial Water Damage Restoration

  • There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today at SERVPRO of Fall River (508) 676-9100

Preventing Mulch Fires

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Spring is in the air which means that it's time to start getting lawns and flower beds ready for spring.  Did you know that mulch is very combustable and is the cause of many fires per year by improperly discarded smoking materials?  

Hundreds of small and large fires are started this way every year.  The risk is that what starts as a small outdoor mulch fire can quickly spread to homes or buildings.  

A mulch fire can be well underway before someone notices or is alerted by smoke alarms or sprinkler systems activating.  Follows these tips to help prevent mulch fires!  

• Provide a minimum of an 18-inch clearance between landscape mulch beds and combustible building materials, such as wood, vinyl siding and decks. 

• Use non-combustible mulch such as rock or pea stone around gas meters and combustible portions of the structure. 

• Provide proper receptacles for smoking materials at all entrances to public buildings and in designated smoking areas. Place them at least 18" away from the building, do not mulch in these areas and remember to regularly empty smoking receptacles. 

• Grounds and maintenance crews should be aware when conditions are favorable for mulch fires and increase surveillance of mulch beds. 

• Keep mulch beds moist when possible. 

We are Here to Help should you suffer a fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Fall River for all your restoration needs at 508-676-9100.