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It's Not If, It's When... Fall River 02720

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

When it comes to life's emergencies, more often than not it is not a matter of IF they will happen- it is WHEN they will happen. You can never fully prevent them from occurring, but home and business owners can, however, take steps to prepare for and try to prevent disasters that may occur to their property.

An ice dam forms causing your roof to leak, a pipe bursts, a storm blows in dozens of gallons or water..... chances are your home or business may eventually suffer some sort of emergency. SERVPRO professionals are trained to respond quickly and efficiently when mitigating your business. When your home or business is underwater, every minute counts. SERVPRO of Fall River is available and ready to respond 24/7 and make it "Like it never happened". Call us if you need us at 508-676-9100

Fire Safety Tips You'll Fall for This Season

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

Central Heating

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.

Fireplace

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 Heater

Space heaters are a great resource for heating areas of the home that otherwise don’t receive a lot of airflow. 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

Jack-O-Lanterns

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.

Fried Turkey

One of the biggest fire starters on Thanksgiving Day is 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.

Is Your Assisted Living Facility Ready for Whatever Happens? - Fall River 02720

11/8/2019 (Permalink)

If assisted living and nursing facilities are there to support elderly seniors when they are no longer able to help themselves. Then SERVPRO of Fall River is there to support these facilities when they are in need as well. 

Did you know that under federal mandate, all assisted living and eldercare facilities must have an emergency plan in place? Makes sense right? A building that size, doing vital work to make sure your loved ones are well-taken care — there should be a plan in place in case an emergency happens. 

But did you also know that SERVPRO of Fall River has an emergency plan available for these facilities to ensure patient and staff safety? And that plan fulfills the requirements of the federal mandate? That’s right, to make sure your facility is up to date and ready for whatever happens, just as we of SERVPRO of Fall River are ready for whatever happens, contact us today for your free plan!

Are You Ready for the Rain? - Fall River 02720

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

One of the most common sources of water damage in a home is rain and it can get into your home in so many ways. This includes leaks or seepage in the foundation, poorly sealed windows, and cavities in the roof or siding. Extreme rainfall can lead to ample damage in a home as it has the potential to flood basements, ruin foundations and building materials, and contribute to mold growth.  It is very important for every homeowner to be aware of how rain can lead to water damage in their homes and what they can do to prevent it.

Here are a few tips to know about damaging rainfall:

  • Seepage occurs when rain enters the homes and soaks through cracks in the foundation. This is much more likely to happen if the gutters are not draining properly and rainwater gathers near the sides of the house.  
  • If there is any damage to the roof, rainwater can leak into the attic or upper floors and cause structural damage to the walls and ceilings. Excessive rain can lead to flooding in your home which causes extensive damage and brings in microorganisms that can be harmful to your health. 
  • Rainy or wet conditions contribute to mold growth because mold needs moisture to thrive. 

If you notice your home has water damage call the experts at SERVPRO of Fall River!



Here to Serve - Fall River 02720

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Fall River, we understand that your loss is the loss that matters most. However, there are always some cases that stick with us long after we load up our equipment and leave after a job well done. One of those jobs happened on September 11, 2001. 

Many SERVPRO franchises across the nation were called to help restore one of our country’s most important buildings, The Pentagon, after the terrorist attack on that fateful day. While we were honored to have been chosen as the clean-up and restoration company for such a significant assignment, we knew it was not a job only one franchise could handle.

This is why, just like many Americans banded together to help one another, SERVPRO franchises also combined forces to get the job done. When large disasters happen, it’s important to have the necessary manpower to restore and clean-up the mess as quickly and correctly as possible. 

At SERVPRO of Fall River, we are faster to any-sized disaster, no matter how big or small. 

Back to School Safety Tips - Fall River 02724

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Each new school year brings its own set of changes and challenges for parents, guardians, and children. As a parent or guardian, you may be trying to figure out of modes of transportation and schedules for your young one. Your child, on the other hand, maybe worrying about who they’ll sit with at lunch or if they’ll have classes with any of their friends.

These are all common and worthy worries, however, there is one important precaution that is often overlooked: an emergency preparedness plan. Below are a few tips to help you plan in case of an emergency

  1. Teach your child what to do in case of a fire: get low to avoid smoke inhalation or feeling doorknobs for heat before opening them. Have a fire escape plan in place.
  2. Have a designated meeting place outside of your home
  3. Designate a person (preferably not local who may be affected by the same disaster) that everyone can call if you are separated. 
  4. Practice drills!
  5. Put together a first aid kit with enough food and supplies to last you a few days. Here is a link for what should be in the kit
  6. In the event of an active shooter, teach your child to “run, hide, fight.” Click here more information about what to do in the event of an active shooter.
  7. Teach children how to call 911
  8. If you’re unable to pick up your child from school, establish a pre-discussed “password” for the person that will be picking them up. 
  9. Always familiarize yourself with the school’s emergency and lockdown plans and procedures. 
  10. If your child requires any medication, have extra doses stored in the nurses’ office in case they may have to spend the night at the school. 

Disasters can happen at any moment. Preparedness is the key to ensuring you and your family make it out safely. While SERVPRO of Fall River is “ready for any sized disaster” we want to make sure you are too. 

For additional information, check out the resources below:

FEMA - Preparing Children for Disasters

Preparing Kids for Natural Disasters

New Homeowners: Watch for These Common Causes of Water Damage - Somerset 02726

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Leaky pipes are just one of the many causes of water damage.

They say its a buyer’s market in the real estate industry, which means plenty of first time home buyers are making the jump from renting to property ownership. If this is you, congratulations! While the thought of homeownership is exciting and filled with endless possibilities of design and dreams of the memories you'll create in your new space; there are also endless possibilities for all kinds of disasters to occur. Below are a few common causes of water damage that SERVPRO of Fall River is often called to. Make sure to look out for:

  1. Air Conditioners

Make sure your A/C unit is serviced regularly, at least once a year. As the A/C removes moisture from the air, it can build up in the unit and leak into the flooring and drywall, potentially ruining it and causing a mold problem. 

  1. Dishwasher

If your dishwasher isn’t properly sealed, this could be because the latch is broken or the wrong soap was loaded. Address any leaks immediately and repair or replace your unit if needed. 

  1. Washing Machine

Check the underbelly of your washing machine to ensure it is not leaking beneath the unit. Performing regular checks and inspections will also go a long way in preventing more serious water damages from occurring.

  1. Leaking Pipes

Probably the most obvious cause of water damage on the list. A good way to keep an eye out for leaky pipes and faucets is keeping tracking of your water bill. If you noticed a spike in the bill recently, it could be cause for concern. Contact your plumber to inspect the pipes as there could be a quick fix as easy as tightening bolts. 

  1. Clogged Drains

Clogged drains can cause more than water damage, these issues can lead to mold growth if not properly and timely addressed. Clogged drains can cause all kinds of nasty backup problems in the toilet, showers, and sinks. The best way to avoid this stinky disaster is by calling a plumber to check your drains if they are frequently clogged. 

Don’t let the excitement of homeownership keep you from the responsibilities that come with it. However, if you find yourself in muddy waters (that’s probably not actually mud) or with any kind of water damage on your hands, feel free to call SERVPRO of Fall River at 508-679-9100 to make all your water damage issues “Like it never even happened.”

Are You Ready for the Storms? We Are! - Somerset 02724

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

As a home or property owner, it can be worrisome to hear the meteorologist on the news issue flash food warnings or storm and wind advisories. While there are alway precautions that can be taken, Mother Nature has a mind of her own, and one that doesn’t mind manners when it comes to affecting homes and businesses. 

At SERVPRO of Fall River, we understand the dangers that storms can bring to properties in the areas it affects. No matter how well you prepare, disasters happen unexpectedly and can trump even the best-laid plans and systems in place to keep things running smoothly. 

However, when systems fail and disasters strike, it’s good to have a restoration company you can trust to get your home or business back to working condition. SERVPRO has the expertise and capabilities to be the restoration company you call on when the unexpected happens. If you ever find yourself as the victim of the latest storm, call SERVPRO of Fall River, we’re “ready for whatever happens.” 

Commercial Air Duct Cleaning - Somerset 02726

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Did someone say "hairball"? Not anymore, thanks to SERVPRO of Fall River!

Recently, our techs were called to the rescue at a local veterinarian’s office. Thankfully it was not for a biohazard case! But what they saw was a true crime: dusty air ducts. Because of the nature of the business, pet dander and fur contributed to the excess amount of dust trapped in the vents. 

We’re glad they called SERVPRO of Fall River to handle the cleanup and get the vents looking brand —or, you know, “like it never even happened!” Our techs walked out of that office breathing better and cleaner for the fur babies that walk in. 

In addition to air duct cleaning, SERVPRO of Fall River also offers carpet cleaning and tile stripping services for our commercial clients, outside of our disaster restoration services. 

Call us today for a free, no obligation estimate: 508-676-9100

Ready for Storm Season - Swansea 02777

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

When storms come, they not only bring strong winds and high water to flood our streets. Storms are also known to bring all sorts of unpredictable and disastrous damage to homes and offices. 

At SERVPRO of Fall River, we’re prepared for it all. When heavy rains and strong winds beat against our lovely south coast community and almost tore it down, we we there to restore the damage to many homes and offices throughout the area. When our neighbors in Warwick were flooded, literally, with disaster calls we loaded up our trucks and helped to restore the damage. We’ve even been part of the national response team following the attack on September 11, 2001 at the Pentagon. SERVPRO has been to it all, seen it all, and is prepared for it all. This storm season, you can sleep secure knowing SERVPRO of Fall River is just a call away. We are ready for whatever happens.