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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. 

Unpredictable Storms - Fall River 02721

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Living in southeastern Massachusetts, beside the ocean and the waterfront, it’s not uncommon to see nasty storms make their way through our cities and towns. Flash floods here, windstorms there, the usual climate of New England. 

Though we consider these kinds of storm common, what really catches us off guard is the damage these storms leave in their wake. Whether that’s fallen trees and the damage they cause to outside property, or downed electrical wires and the inconvenience they cause — storms are common, but the damage is unpredictable. 

That’s why, as a home or business owner you can appreciate that SERVPRO of Fall River takes care of preparing for the unpredictable. What seems like a freak accident to you is one more disaster out trained technicians are prepared to handle. We take pride in not only being “faster to any sized disaster, but prepared for whatever the storms throw your way. Call SERVPRO of Fall River this storm season in the event the winds may be blowing around more than leaves. 

Emergency Ready Plans for Businesses - Fall River 02720

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

Our Emergency Ready Profile is customized for each business with detailed information to aid first responders in minimizing damage.

Each new season or quarter presents new challenges for business owners. Whether that’s gearing up for a new product launch or hitting quarterly sales, these are all expected obstacles they have prepared to overcome. But what happens when the unexpected knocks on your doors? 

SERVPRO of Fall River crews prepare for the unexpected every day. From fire damage to water damage and everything in between. Our technicians train for unexpected disasters so you don’t have to. While you may be occupied with setting up a business plan, our crews are focused on disaster restoration plans to get your business up and running in no time. In addition, we also offer our Emergency Ready Program. While this plan doesn’t prevent disasters from occurring, it can keep them from escalating. By providing business owners, facility managers, and first responders with the most accurate and up to date information about your office building, the quicker we can prevent more damage. The quicker we can prevent more damage, the more we can restore. 

This season, don’t let the unexpected throw you off track. Trust SERVPRO of Fall River to clean up the mess so you can get back to running your business. 

Fight Fire with Fire - Swansea 02777

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

We didn't start the fire -- but we'll be there to make it "Like it never even happened."

When your home or office is feeling the effects of fire damage, you need someone you can call that will “smoke out” the smoke and soot damage to your damage. You need someone who will bring the heat. We understand that when a fire sparks, it’ll looking to consume more than your home or office. It’s looking to consume your life. That’s why SERVPRO of Fall River crews train to deal with extensive fire damage — not just to restore the property damage, but also a sense of normalcy as well. From advanced and top level industry standard training, to the experience our crew chiefs bring to each job — SERVPRO of Fall River brings the heat to fight against the flames of disaster that have interrupted the normal, everyday routine of your life. From the first sparks to the last wipe off, SERVPRO of Fall River will be there every step of the way. 

Common Causes of Fire - Somerset 02726

5/6/2019 (Permalink)

One of the worst nightmares for a home or business owner are one of the things we at SERVPRO of Fall River deal with everyday. A fire in your home or office can you leave you feeling vulnerable and unsafe. Oftentimes, a small spark will set a whole building or house on fire. We’ve seen it all. Fires are extremely traumatizing and for that reason, we decided to compile a list of the most common causes of fire so you can prevent the likelihood of a disaster happening in your home. 

  • Faulty Electrics
  • Flammable and Combustible Materials
  • Human Error
  • General Negligence
  • Arson

Here are the most common causes of home fires:

  • Electrical Equipment
  • Cooking Equipment
  • Candles
  • Heating Mechanisms such as space heaters
  • Smoking in bedrooms
  • Electrical equipment
  • Curious children
  • Barbecues
  • Flammable liquids
  • Lighting

If you ever find yourself facing a fire damage in your home or office, call SERVPRO of Fall River and we’ll be happy to help restore the damage. 

Breathe Better - Fall River 02721

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

It’s no secret that breathing in clean air does wonders for our bodies. Whether that results in better sleep or improved productivity — improved indoor air quality is something we can all benefit from

This spring cleaning season as you wipe away dirt and grime, it’s the dirt you don’t see that’s most dangerous. While vacuuming and dusting may help your home or office look clean, it’s only surface cleaning. That’s why SERVPRO of Fall River is committed to helping you breathe better with clean indoor air quality. In addition to carpet cleaning — which will get rid of the dirt embedded into carpet fabric and threads — we also offer duct cleaning services. Many home and business owners believe that since it’s out of sight and out of mind, there’s no reason it needs to be cleaned. However, a clean and fresh air duct system will go a long way in improving your indoor air quality. After all, when you breathe better, you live better. Call SERVPRO of Fall River today to schedule your free air duct cleaning estimate 508-999-2380.

Candle Safety - Somerset 02726

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Who doesn’t love candles? There’s nothing quite like lighting an ocean breeze scented candle after a day of cleaning in the middle of spring. Or maybe even an apple cinnamon smell during the holidays. Whatever your nose prefers, there’s a scent for everyone’s taste. 

However pleasing that smell may be, candles can play an extremely dangerous role in the event of a fire. Here are some tips to make sure you’re never the victim of a candle fire.

  • Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle
  • Keep candles out of reach of children
  • Make sure candles are on stable surfaces
  • Don't burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items
  • Don't burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace
  • Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year

We here at SERVPRO of Fall River understand that mistakes happen — if you ever find yourself burned by the result of candles — give us a call. We can assure there is no job too big or too small when it comes to servicing our community. 

Have Smoke or Fire Damage Questions? - Fall River 02722

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

When your Fall River home or business experiences fire or smoke damage, you need professional help quickly. SERVPRO of Fall River is dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce the cost of restoration.

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We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

We specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive fire damage cleanup and restoration training to get your property back to pre-fire condition.

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

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Our Restore vs. Replace Mentality

Our “restore first” mentality helps to lower costs and get you back in your home or business sooner. This focus relies upon our specialized training and equipment to restore your property back to pre-fire condition.

Don't forget your canoe! - Swansea 02777

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fall River is faster to any sized disaster

Are you prepared for this year’s storm season? With all the recent changes in the climate, what was once a bearable rainy season has become a dreaded and relentless storm season. 

Living in a coastal area, it can seem as if the ocean decided to test it’s limits and invade our streets! It’s not uncommon to hear someone say, “I should’ve brought my canoe to work” during heavy showers. While the kids may love to play in the rain and jump in puddles — home and business owners aren’t so keen on walking in to ankle deep “puddles” in their home or office. Storm season bring on an abundance of disasters like no either. Whether it be intense and unprecedented acts of nature to carpet cleaning after a muddy storm. You can trust SERVPRO of Fall River to be there to service you when you need us. 

Water You Going to Do? - Fall River 02721

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Don't know what to do? Call us!

The arrival of warmer weather is always welcome in south eastern, MA. Temperatures rising signalize the beginning of beach days, ice cream trips, and walks in the park. However, before the sunshine comes, the spring rains always make their yearly appearance. While these rains are no surprise to us in the south coast, it can be a big problem if your home or office isn’t properly structured to block rain water from coming in. From cracks in the foundation to burst pipes and sewage backups, there’s only one question, “Water you going to do about it?” Thankfully, SERVPRO of Fall River has the answer to that question: call us! Let us mitigate your water damage and restore wet flooring and furniture to its original, preloss condition. When you call SERVPRO of Fall River, not only do you get specially trained technicians, but you also receive the best restoration service in the industry. When unexpected water damage seeps through into your home or office, call the pros — you won’t regret it. 

Mold Party - Seekonk 02771

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let your home or office be the venue for the mold party this season. Call SERVPRO of Fall River to remediate the mold and shut the party down.

If you think you’re ready for mold season, think again. While it may not look like you have a mold problem, the truth is mold is everywhere. That’s because mold spores grow virtually anywhere but they exist in low spore counts. However, when those spores get together and increase in spore count, then that’s when you have a real issue. For mold to grow, simply 4 things need to be present: a food source, humidity, moisture, and oxygen. If these 4 things align, which is easy enough in the spring and summer season, mold is a serious issue for home and business owners. If you notice your home or office as the venue for the mold party this season, call the pros. In most cases, you need industrial grade products to remediate the mold as well as detailed and specialized training that SERVPRO of Fall River technicians posses. If you notices the spores are gathering together, call us to remediate the mold and shut the party down. 

Spores Galore - Somerset 02725

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

If you think you’re ready for mold season, think again. While it may not look like you have a mold problem, the truth is mold is everywhere. That’s because mold spores grow virtually anywhere but they exist in low spore counts. However, when those spores get together and increase in spore count, then that’s when you have a real issue. For mold to grow, simply 4 things need to be present: a food source, humidity, moisture, and oxygen. If these 4 things align, which is easy enough in the spring and summer season, mold is a serious issue for home and business owners. If you notice your home or office as the venue for the mold party this season, call the pros. In most cases, you need industrial grade products to remediate the mold as well as detailed and specialized training that SERVPRO of Fall River technicians posses. If you notices the spores are gathering together, call us to remediate the mold and shut the party down. 

Lurking in the Corner - Somerset 02726

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Ever look inside your attic and were surprised to see what looks like a coffee stain on your wall? Or maybe you caught a glimpse of the back of your cupboard or kitchen cabinet and what looked to be a shadow was something completely different — but even scarier? If you answered yes, then you know what it is: mold. Mold is the dreaded visitor of any home or business owner. Never invited but somehow always finds it way in. That’s because mold spores are everywhere and never require a “welcome invitation” they just show up. Fortunately, when you “invite” SERVPRO of Fall River technicians inside your home, not only are they the perfect guests, but they’re also your number one weapon against that mold home invasion. Whether that’s in the crawl space or the cupboard, our technicians are trained to fight the spores and remediate any mold that has colonized in your home. Next time you notice mold in your home, have no fear — SERVPRO of Fall River is here!

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

For many businesses, the arrival of spring and warmer weather usually ensures increased foot traffic for storefronts. While this kind of traffic is always welcome, the dirt and grime that is tracked in is definitely not; and while the customer may go, those stains plan to stay. That’s why SERVPRO of Fall River offers the best carpet cleaning in the industry. With highly trained technicians and top industrial cleaning products, our carpet cleaning methods are grittier than the grittiest grit and tougher than the toughest grime. While also maintaining the integrity and quality of your carpet, our team is dedicated to making your workplace cleaner and welcoming to your visitors. This spring, don’t let your carpets get caught dirty, call SERVPRO of Fall River to ensure a fresh and clean experience for your customers and employees. 

Commercial Response Time

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

What would you do if you went into work one day and found your business in a disaster situation? Whether it’s fire damage, water damage, or anything that requires next level clean-up, chances are, your business would most likely be interrupted for a few days. While your employees may enjoy unexpected time off, SERVPRO of Fall River understands that each minute your doors are closed is a minute where you lose revenue. It is for that reason why we pride ourselves in being “faster to any sized disaster.” When you call us, not only do we arrive on scene and immediately work to “stop the bleeding” but we’ll also work around the clock to ensure your business or facility is back up and running in no time. We’ll work with you so that what we do doesn’t interfere with what you do. SERVPRO of Fall River is available to handle any sized commercial disaster, no matter the hour. 

SERVPRO of Fall River Brings the Heat - Rehoboth 02769

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

One of the hardest parts about what we do here at SERVPRO of Fall River is having to see families and business owners struggle with the aftermath of a fire. It can be a very emotional time to see your home or business caught in flames. What was once so familiar is now being devoured by unceasing flares and when the smoke settles, you’re the one left to pick up the pieces. While this can be a very traumatic and trying time, it is not one you have to go through alone. We believe in being there for you from the first spark to the final dust off. From handling insurance claims to painting ceilings, the crews at SERVPRO are not only highly trained in clean-up and restoration industry standards, but we also pride ourselves in employing empathetic and attentive technicians who understand the magnitude and trauma our customers face. In the event of a disaster, let SERVPRO of Fall River help you carry the burden of the aftermath. 

SERVPRO Heroes Work Together - Swansea 02777

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO franchises have the bandwidth and equipment needed to handle and sized disaster

When a large commercial disaster occurs, it can be hard to find a restoration company with enough bandwidth to handle the job effectively and efficiently. Though you may think of SERVPRO of Fall River as your friendly, neighborhood clean-up and restoration company, which we are, did you also know that since we belong to the SERVPRO franchise, we are well-equipped to handle any disaster of any size? Much like superheroes banding together to fight against a powerful foe, SERVPRO franchises are also able to band together to clean-up and restore your commercial property disaster. We’ve responded to countless mass casualties and worked together as one solid team to help businesses get back to working condition. You will “marvel” at what we’re able to do together. While SERVPRO of Fall River is your trusted source for clean-up and restoration, we’re also the powerhouse that can drive the restoration process for any large disaster. You can trust us to “SHIELD” you from any additional headaches and be the “Avengers” to restore any loss you face and make it "Like it never even happened."

No Rain, No Flowers

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

They say, “no rain, no flowers” but there is something to be said about certain things staying dry and buried. While we may not always be able to prevent certain disasters from happening in the first place, we can certainly prevent them from taking over your peace of mind. Water damages are never quite a day at the beach, but when you call SERVPRO of Fall River, they don’t have to be total chaos either.

Living in Massachusetts, the spring season is always unpredictable and can often result in many unforeseen disasters taking place. With each flood, we often see a flood of emotions. Which is why our team is specially trained in handling these kinds of disasters. From the moment we arrive on scene, we look for ways to “stop the bleeding” and prevent the situation from escalating and the water damage from spreading. 

In the greater Fall River area, some common issues our crews deal with are machinery malfunction from washing machines, dishwashers, and hot water tanks. In addition, we also see invasions from outside like outdoor faucets that may have frozen over the winter and are now leaking into the basement. As your sprinklers are watering your grass, those same pipes could very well be watering your basement! 

Not only does SERVPRO of Fall River handle water damages from clean water sources, but we’re also specially trained to deal with unclean water as well such as sewage backups and septic tank failures. 

No Surprises for Our Trained Technicians

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Not all surprises come perfectly wrapped in bows and decorated with tinsel. Some surprises come to us spread out around our kitchen tiles, basement floor, and even above our heads. These surprises splash us with dread, sprinkle us with anxiety, and spritz us with a wake up call that one of our disaster nightmares are coming true. Those "surprises" are wrapped in not so neat packages with a card attached that reads "Water Damage". 

Thankfully, the crews at SERVPRO of Fall River are well prepared to fight against this homeowner’s foe. With top industry training and certification, no element of surprise can hinder them from making your disaster “Like it never even happened.” While you may be just trying to keep your head above water, you can trust SERVPRO to be there to keep you afloat. Our crew doesn’t sink under pressure, and we’ll do what we need to do to make sure that you don’t either. At the top of industry standards, our water mitigation process will ensure that you can be drifting and cruising through this "surprise" in no time. In addition, our 24/7/365 response time assures that we’ll be available to respond no matter the hour.

Earth Day

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Protecting our planet isn’t something we’re passive about here at SERVPRO of Fall River; we actively look for ways we can reduce our carbon footprint. Whether that’s implementing our restore vs. replace mentality, therefore reducing unnecessary waste that is sent to landfills, or making sure our lightbulbs are energy efficient and shutting them off once we leave the room. There are so many little things each of us can do that can make a big difference. Here are a few tips to make sure our favorite planet stays around for a long time:

  1. Conserve water 
  2. Plant a tree
  3. Use non-toxic chemicals in your home and office 

In addition to all this, SERVPRO of Fall River offers a green line of products that we use to ensure that we are doing our part in keeping harmful chemicals away from our waterways. 

Sewage, Seepage, and Soakage

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

They say, “no rain, no flowers” but there is something to be said about certain things staying dry and buried. While we may not always be able to prevent certain disasters from happening in the first place, we can certainly prevent it from taking over your peace of mind. Water damages are never quite a day at the beach, but when you call SERVPRO of Fall River, they don’t have to be total chaos either.

Living in southeastern Massachusetts, the spring season is always unpredictable and can often result in many unforeseen disasters taking place. With each flood, we often see a flood of emotions. Which is why our team is specially trained in handling these kinds of disasters so you can focus on the more important things. From the moment we arrive on scene, we look for ways to mitigate the damage, or “stop the bleeding”, and prevent the situation from escalating and the water damage from spreading. 

In the greater Fall River area, some common water damage issues our crew deals with are machinery malfunctions from washing machines, dishwashers, and hot water tanks. In addition, we also see outside invasion from outdoor faucets that may have frozen over the winter and are now leaking into the basement. As your sprinklers are watering your grass, those same pipes are watering your basement! 

Not only does SERVPRO of Fall River handle water damage from clean water sources, but we’re also specially trained to deal with unclean water damage as well such as sewage backups and septic tank failures. 

While it’s never convenient, water damage doesn’t have to be a total loss. Call SERVPRO of Fall River to handle all your water emergencies quickly and efficiently. 508-676-9100

Mold, Simplified. - Fall River Highlands, 02720

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

When you think of mold, think SERVPRO of Fall River

What is Mold?

During this time of the year, we start to see a large influx in mold related claims. You yourself may even have a mold problem you just don’t know about yet! It seems like we hear about this phenomenon everywhere; the T.V., internet, magazines, and even through our friends and family. It’s the hottest conversation piece there is once the last of that winter snow has melted.

With all the information that’s circulating around out there about mold, you may be asking yourself, what IS mold?

Simply put, mold is a type of fungus that contains organisms which are found almost everywhere – yes, everywhere. Mold is in our homes, on our clothes – even on us! It only starts to thrive once spores find a damp spot to grow. This is when mold can become an issue. It prospers in damp, dark, moist places, and feeds on a variety of items such as wood, concrete, drywall, and food. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Fall River are the experts in mold remediation or removal. Think you have a mold problem but now entirely sure? It should help to know that we offer complimentary estimates for each and every one of our customers. Put your mind at ease and call us today at 508-676-9100

April Showers Bring More Than May Flowers - Somerset, MA. 02724

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO of Fall River ease the stress of your flooded basement issues

April Showers Bring May Flowers

You may be hearing that phrase a lot lately – and it seems to be holding true with the amount of days it’s rained so far this month! Although the rain is undoubtedly needed in order for a full bloom in May, it may be bringing more than just flowers with it.

Basement flooding is a real concern during these wet months. High volumes of rain can inundate sewage systems and leave the ground soaking up more water than it can handle. So where does excess ground water go when the earth can no longer absorb it? If you guessed the basement, you’re correct! This type of water damage is called ground seepage, and it occurs when excess ground water seeps through the cracks in you home’s foundation after heavy rainfall.

Given its environment, ground seepage can leave room for mold growth if it’s left untreated. Our trained professionals will ensure the affected area is properly ventilated and dehumidified to prevent mold growth from occurring. If you have suffered from ground seepage in the past, call us today to set up a complimentary estimate. 508-676-9100.

Call the Trusted Professionals when Dealing with Fire Damage - Seekonk, MA. 02771

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

Life after a fire loss is possible with SERVPRO of Fall River

Fire. Man’s greatest discovery. The one thing that we can no longer live without. It has many practical, and powerful uses which, naturally, come with tremendous responsibility and caution when utilizing.

There are many causes of fire damage, whether it be electrical, cooking, smoking or something entirely different. One thing many fire damages we come across have in common, however, are that they are accidental. No matter how the fire starts, SERVPRO of Fall River will be there to make the aftermath “Like it never even happened.” Getting your home or business back to preloss conditions is what our franchise has been doing for 25 years, you can trust that our team of qualified professionals will treat your home and belongings the same way they’d treat their own, guaranteed.

Next time you’re faced with an emergency, call the experts at SERVPRO of Fall River at 508-676-9100.

Check out Our Fleet!

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Our Fleet

Our SERVPRO Green Fleet is constantly Growing!  

We take pride in our work and appearance.  You can tell by the pride we all share for our vehicles. Let's face it, cars and trucks are one of the fun parts about what we get to do each and every day. 

Next time you see one of us on the road, feel free to give us a wave!

With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO for all of your needs, whether it be water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, cleaning services, the list goes on…

Did you know? We do Carpets!

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

A carpet after being cleaned the SERVPRO way!

Did you know? We do Carpet Cleaning!

Check out this carpet cleaning job we did, can you believe how clean it is? Your carpet could look this good too after SERVPRO of Fall River is done with it!

Carpet cleaning is an important routine that you don't want to ignore. Dirt hides in the deepest fibers of the material and is an important contributor in the shelf life of your investment. Because constant changing of your carpet is expensive, you have to take care of it to save money. It is important to keep it clean at all times. 

With over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO for all of your needs, whether it be water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, cleaning services, the list goes on…

The SERVPRO Standard

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Faster to Any Size Disaster

How familiar are you with SERVPRO? How about a little reminder about what we can do for you and your family? Did you know that with over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, we have highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. 

Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on us for these residential services and more:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Air Duct Cleaning
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building Services

Tips on Buying a Home

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Make sure your home is in good condition before and after purchasing

Buying a house is easy and fun, right?

Buying and selling real estate can be fun I suppose, but it can also unearth a number of issues with the properties. Previous owners may have had pets that left stains on carpets, or were heavy smokers and there is staining and the smell is just lingering. SERVPRO of Fall River has partnered with many local Realtors to make sure that the homes being sold and purchased in our area are move in ready.

If you’re looking to sell your home and just want to have the carpets freshened up for the new owner, we can usually provide service with about a week notice. Maybe you just purchased a new home and you want to make sure the duct work is clean and allergen free, we can take care of that as well.

If you’re a real estate agent, keep us in mind for your clients’ needs. We offer many services, such as mold remediation and nicotine cleaning, to help your real estate transactions go off without a hitch.

We're only a phone call away at 508-676-9100!

Be Prepared for WHEN it Happens

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

It's not IF, it's WHEN...

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 under water, 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.

The SERVPRO Advantage

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

“Hi, I need to file a claim”

The dreaded words no insurance agent or adjuster wants to hear because it usually means an accident or disaster has happened to your customer. After checking to see if they are alright, you will then begin to make some calls to make sure your customer is well taken care when they need you most. So how do you choose who to call when your customer is depending on you to make their disaster disappear?

By choosing SERVPRO of Fall River, your customer can rest in knowing that although damage is done, it’s certainly not irreversible. Since restoration is our first priority, we work by the rule to “Restore whenever possible, replace only when necessary.” At SERVPRO, our professionals conduct pretesting to determine the restorability of every loss.

Our restore vs. replace approach guarantees a faster turnaround time that will get your customer back in their home quicker while also reducing the amount of claim costs. As an insurance professional, you’ll also appreciate holding us to our word through our transparent itemized loss inventory in an Excel formatted report. This report also includes photos of important items so you’ll know exactly what work was performed.

In addition to our itemized loss inventory, our Claims Information Center provides you with all of the necessary information to make the right decisions such as:

  • A Complete Electronic Job File
    • First Notice of Loss
    • Detailed Estimate
    • Digital Loss Photos
    • Scanned Forms and Paperwork
    • All delivered by email or hard copy
  • Access to All Files
    • New Assignments
    • Pending Jobs
    • Completed Jobs

With so many advantages and services SERVPRO of Fall River offers, it’s easy to see why we are the preferred disaster restoration company for so many insurance agencies. You and your customer can rest assured knowing our trained IICRC professionals are on the job and making your customer’s disaster “Like it never even happened.”

How to tell if Your Hot Water Heater is going Bad

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Practice Preventative Maintenance to keep your hot water heater in good working condition

Bad to the Bone

Hot water heaters will typically last you between 10-15 years. When internal components become corroded and mineral build up occurs, your heater can begin to leak. Without correction, this small leak can turn into something more serious – and you may find yourself with a basement full of water. Below are some telltale signs that your hot water heater is on its way out, and some simple maintenance you can do to prevent disaster.

  1. Check

Check for power if there is no hot water. While no hot water can be a sure sign that the water heater has failed, it could also mean the pilot light is out or the circuit breaker tripped.

  1. Examine

Examine the water that comes out of the hot faucet. If it appears rusty, this signals an upcoming failure of your water heater. Look for signs of muddy water or increased sediment in the water tank. Attach a hose to the drainage bib on the water heater, turn the unit off and drain it to examine its contents. Muddy water or increased sediment signals a potential failure of your water heater. When flushing the water heater, remember that the water that comes out of the hose bib at the front of the water heater is going to be extremely hot, as it will not be mixed with cold water. Use caution when flushing the water heater to avoid getting burned. Smell or taste the water. If the hot water has a metallic taste to it, this indicates that the water heater is close to breaking down.

  1. Listen

Pay attention to the noises your water heater makes. While there will be normal sounds as the water heats, loud cracks and pops indicate an interaction between the heating elements inside the heater and the scale and mineral deposits built up on them.

  1. Address

Take immediate action if you see leaking water around the water heater where none has leaked before. Disconnect the electricity or turn off the gas to the unit and let the water cool down before attempting to remove and replace the water heater. Leaking water indicates an internal failure in the water heater.

*Information courtesy of SF Gate - Home Guides

What the Hail? – Somerset, MA 02724

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

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 homeowner's 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 Homeowner's 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

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

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.

  1. Close up attic bypasses
  2. Measure your attic insulation level
  3. Add roof and soffit vents
  4. 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

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

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

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

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

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

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?

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

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.

  1. Smell

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.

  1. Sight

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.

  1. Touch

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?

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

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

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

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

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 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

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 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.

The Hidden Dangers of Mold

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

How is the air quality in your home?

The general public is typically familiar with identifying visible mold growing on surfaces that you can see. Most people know the immediate dangers and will work towards resolving the issue.

Unfortunately, mold often lurks in places that are not so visible to homeowners including behind drywall. Typically found in finished basements after a flood or in water seeping through a home’s basement cement wall or an improperly sealed tie rod hole. Broken, or leaking pipes and even houses with poor ventilation can all factor into moisture collecting and creating the environment needed for mold to grow.

If not taken care of properly, this can cause prolonged exposure and health risks to residents of the home, without their knowledge. Symptoms are often very similar to common seasonal allergies such as; itchy, watery eyes, sinus congestion, itchy throat, runny nose or even asthma attacks. With prolonged exposure mold poisoning may develop. Symptoms become much worse. Respiratory infections, scar tissue build up and bleeding of the lungs, joint pain and even depression are just a few of the symptoms. If left untreated these health problems can become chronic, life altering issues. 

Be proactive and do your best to keep your home mold free. If you believe that you may have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Fall River today at (508) 676-9100.

5 Tips for Preventing Water Damage in the Home

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster!

5 Tips for Preventing Water Damage in the Home

With the New England weather changing faster than you can say “Wicked”, it can be hard to tell what season is coming next! Though through all of this, one thing remains constant here at SERVPRO of Fall River. The bulk of losses we cover are caused by some form of water damage. So, how can we as homeowners prevent this? Take a look at the list we’ve pulled together below for some helpful tips on making sure your home is prepared when disaster strikes.

  1. Inspect your Roof & Gutters

Inspect your roof by walking around the outside perimeter of your home to look for signs of sagging, aging and damage such as buckled or missing shingles.  

  1. Examine the inside of your Home; like Leaky Windows & Doors

Keep an eye on windows and doors during heavy rain fall to make sure no water is seeping in. If you do come to find that water is making its way into your home, try resealing around the frame with caulking. If the water persists, contact a local professional to have your siding inspected.

  1. Test that your Sump Pump is in good working condition

This can be performed by simply unplugging and plugging the pump back in. If the pump does not immediately turn back on, it is in need of repair.

Another way of testing your sump pump’s ability is by running water through it. You will only need enough water to lift the float until the pump kicks on. The pump kicking on will confirm that the pump is working properly.

  1. Check for any leaks coming from your Hot Water Heater

Inspect the area around your hot water heater to make sure no puddles have formed. Water around your heater typically indicates the temperature and pressure release valve have failed. This can lead to major water damage.

  1. Know the location of your Main Water Shut Off Valve

Out of all of these guidelines, this one may be the most important. You should know where your main water shut off valve is located in the event that water flow to your home be immediately terminated. It is important to note that as long as the water is coming from your homes water supply, you can shut it down quickly.

Flood vs. Seepage

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Diagram depicting how seepage occurs

Flood vs. Seepage; What's the Difference?

Are you experiencing unexplained water or moisture on your basement walls or floor? It may be caused by ground seepage.

Seepage is different from flooding and is treated like so by the insurance company.

Ground seepage is looked at as a maintenance problem, not “sudden & accidental” and is excluded from home insurance coverage.

It is important to recognize the difference between these two scenarios when purchasing home owners insurance to avoid any confusion when filing a future claim.

After contacting SERVPRO, it is important you also talk with a water proofing professional about ways to prevent future damage to your basement.

Water Damage or Mold? Call us today at (508) 676-9100. 

Tenant Fires can cause Water Damage in your Apartment

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Firefighters Putting Out a Blaze after the Lawrence Gas Line Explosions

After the fire department leaves, you may experience water damage left behind from firefighting efforts. Unfortunately, we often find ourselves in these situations when we least expect to, and are typically unprepared for the aftermath.

You can rest assured that SERVPRO professionals will be ready 24/7 to attend to any damages left behind. Since 1967, we have been the leading restoration company for water remediation, and with over 1700 local franchises, you will always receive personable and attentive care to guarantee all of your needs are exceeded!

Open communication and transparency are traits we pride ourselves on before, during and after the water loss remediation process. Our technicians will first assess the extent of the damage and come up with a specialized plan to properly dry out the area and any contents that may have become water logged.

If you are suffering from water damage due to firefighting efforts, give yourself the peace of mind you deserve by calling us today to set up a free estimate!

508-676-9100

Pitter Patter, Pitter Patter...

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding to a Suburban Home after a Major Storm

“Where is that noise coming from?!” You ask yourself, as the pitter patter of unknown water damage grows louder. You look up, and suddenly… a water droplet hits you square between the eyes! Only then do you realize it’s coming from the upstairs bathroom!

But it’s already too late.

You’re left with sopping wet sheetrock in the shape of a large pumpkin.

“What now…?” You wonder.

The water damage restoration process begins as soon as you contact SERVPRO of Fall River. Our highly trained team of professionals will first assess the extent of damage by using industry leading tools such as moisture meters and thermographic cameras. This allows us to have a better understanding of how far the moisture has migrated in order to set up drying equipment accordingly.

Next, we will begin the water extraction process. Any excess water that may be left behind after a flood is quickly sucked up using our powerful pumps and vacuum units. This will prevent any secondary water damage from occurring and deter the possibility of mold growth.

After extraction, we follow a specialized drying & dehumidification process. Our industrial grade fans, air scrubbers and dehumidifiers are positioned just so to create a type of vortex (similar to that of a whirlpool) of leftover moisture to be drawn in from all corners of a room, wicked up, and trapped in our dehumidifiers.

Lastly, our team will clean and sanitize any restorable items damaged by the water. Using specially formulated antimicrobial's and deodorizers, your property will soon be back to pre-water damage condition and looking "Like it never even happened"!

Biohazards - What Are They?

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Bio-hazard Vector

Bio-hazardous Substances

SERVPRO of Fall River offers an array of bio-hazard cleanup services. Our highly trained team of technicians follow rigorous OSHA and EPA regulations when dealing with blood borne pathogens to ensure that a once unsafe environment is restored back to safe living conditions. If you or someone you know is suffering from a biologically hazardous situation, contact us today at (508) 676-9100.

What classifies as a Bio-hazard?

A bio-hazard is defined as being a risk to human or environmental health through biological work, especially with microorganisms. There are many forms of bio-hazards that some of us may come into contact with on a daily basis. For example, Waste Management Workers are exposed to infectious diseases in their working day-to-day lives. Luckily, with the help of modern medicine, we can protect ourselves from contracting some of those hazardous diseases (i.e. hepatitis A, B and tetanus) by receiving the proper vaccinations. Though, other forms of bio-hazardous materials are not as easy to prevent as receiving a shot in the arm.

Below is a list of common bio-hazard scenarios you’ll want to seek professional help for in the event of contact. Follow the link on each one to learn more about our cleanup protocol.

Sewage & Toilet Overflows

Trauma & Crime Scene

Volatile Materials

Carpet Cleanings – There’s more than meets the Eye!

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

A child plays with her two puppies on the living room carpet

What's in your Carpet?

When is it a good time to get your home or business carpets cleaned? You might be surprised by the answer. Carpet cleanings rely heavily on a number of factors, whereas there are a variety of different cleaning methods used that are not always one size fits all.

Before getting started, we’ll want to identify a few key factors about your carpet or area rug. This will help us decide which method to use when cleaning, in order to give you the best possible outcome for your carpet or rug.

  • What kind of material is your carpet made from?
  • Is your carpet short piled or long piled?
  • What type of traffic does your carpet see on a daily basis?
  • How soiled is your carpet? Light, moderate, heavy?
  • What is the colorfastness of your carpet?
  • When was the last time you had your carpets professionally cleaned, if ever, and by which method(s)?

After assessing these factors, our team will then decide on the proper procedures necessary for your carpet cleaning. These methods range from bonnet cleaning, to truck mounted extraction, to deluxe precondition & rinse, to showcase premier cleaning, and even dry cleaning.

Preventative maintenance is also an important aspect in preserving the life of a carpet, and professional cleaning is recommended once every 12 months. It is important to remember that carpeting acts as a filter; trapping food particles, dirt, gases and other soils like animal hair and dead skin cells. The better care you take of your carpet, the better it will age! If a high-traffic area is carpeted, we suggest that walk-off mats be laid down so as to not wear out the rug. Spot removal, regular vacuuming and changes in traffic patterns are also recommended as a preventative measure.

For all other carpet cleaning questions, or to set up a free consultation for the carpet in your home or business contact us at (508) 676-9100.

Team Member Tuesday - Danny

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Crew Chief; Daniel "Danny" Nelson

Meet Our Team!

Danny Nelson

Danny is a Crew Chief here at SERVPRO of Fall River and is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the cleaning and restoration process. Having been with us for five years, Danny has taken IICRC Water Damage Restoration classes to stay on top of his WRT certifications, as well as Carpet & Upholstery cleaning training courses. Danny is always eager to help in any way he can and is typically regarded as being a SERVPRO veteran!

Outside of work, Danny enjoys spending time with his family including his 7 month old son, playing basketball with his friends, and working on his Fantasy Football team. When asked about his favorite part of working at SERVPRO of Fall River, Danny said “My favorite part is definitely the people I work with. I just love to help people, too, and I like that every day is different. From carpet cleaning, to water damages, to fire clean-ups… every day is different.”

If ever you may find yourself in need of our services, you can count on Danny as being just one of our incredible technicians to help make your problems "Like It Never Even Happened".

Team Member Tuesday - Brieanna

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Sales & Marketing Rep; Brieanna Wood

Meet Our Team!

Brieanna Wood

Brieanna is our newest Sales & Marketing Representative here at SERVPRO of Fall River. Although she has only been with us for a few months, she’s dove head first into her position and we are very excited to have her as part of our team! With a passion for Marketing, Brieanna attended Bristol Community College after graduating from New Bedford High School to obtain her Associates in Communications.

While working towards her degree, Brieanna began interning at the SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce, where she put her schooling to the test and learned valuable skills that would stick with her for years to come. Brieanna’s involvement at the Chamber allowed her to create valuable connections with other local businesses, which to this day she has been able to maintain. Her experience also helped lead her to the conclusion that Marketing is exactly what she wants to do as a career, and plans to finish her degree at some point in the future.

In the midst of school and her internship, Brieanna worked her way into management with her previous employer. Doing so shows that she has the drive and determination that we are looking for in our employees. There, she was able to hone her leadership skills while preparing herself professionally for her career with SERVPRO.

Outside of work, Brieanna enjoys spending quality time with her boyfriend, hanging out with friends, going to concerts and travelling to new and exciting places. Brieanna’s favorite part about working at SERVPRO of Fall River has been the wonderful people she’s met and the relationships she’s been able to build with them, and with the people she works with!  She also enjoys being able to help people that are dealing with stressful situations and make their worries Like It Never Even Happened!

Team Member Tuesday - Joyce

8/16/2018 (Permalink)

Administrative Assistant, Joyce Guilherme

Meet Our Team!

Joyce Guilherme

Joyce is a part of our Administrative team here at SERVPRO of Fall River and has been for the past two months.

Before SERVPRO, Joyce had worked in the Hospitality/Customer Service industry for eight years. The experience she has had suits her perfectly for her role at SERVPRO and ensures that customers are treated with empathy and helpfulness.

Outside of work, Joyce enjoys spending time with her fiancé and family, going to the beach, traveling and making new adventures. Joyce’s favorite part about working at SERVPRO of Fall River is the tremendous amount of knowledge she’s learned in a relatively short period of time. And in addition to being able to help those in need, she loves the work environment and is excited to be part of the team!

Water Extraction & Remediation Process

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Residential Water Damage

Have you ever wondered what kind of work goes into remediating a flood? 

At SERVPRO of Fall River, our WRT certified technicians are trained on how to remediate just about anything you may find yourself knee deep in. 

We utilize a set of standards like special drying equipment, and an algorithm of service that’s sure to dry out even the worst water damages. Take a look below to learn more about our water extraction process and remediation:

Water Removal / Water Extraction

Typically, hundreds or thousands of gallons of water are removed using our powerful pumps and vacuums during the water removal process. SERVPRO of Fall River starts this process as soon as possible to minimize further damage and to help prevent mold growth.

Drying and Dehumidification

After the bulk of the water has been removed, we’ll use specialized equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. We use less intrusive, scientific drying methods to draw the remaining water and moisture from your property with air movers and dehumidifiers.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Water damage also affects your belongings, like furniture, clothing, and personal items. SERVPRO can clean restorable items using a number of specialized cleaning techniques. We also sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Restoration

The last step is restoring your home or business back to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration step can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.

Team Member Tuesday - Darcey

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Administrative Assistant, Darcey Prenda

Meet Our Team!

Darcey Prenda

Darcey is part of our Administrative team at SERVPRO of Fall River and has been with us for eight months. Before SERVPRO, Darcey had worked as a Production Supervisor for eight years at an asset retrieval company. Her experience has contributed to the skills necessary for her role at SERVPRO, and is known around the office as being a ray of sunshine. She continually brings peace of mind to our customers, as well as our team, through her incredible multitasking skills and calm persona.

Outside of work, Darcey enjoys spending time with her family, including her fiancée and two sons. She enjoys going to the beach with her kids, spending time at the playground, and watching and playing basketball as a family. When Darcey is off mommy duty, she enjoys pampering herself and shopping.

Darcey’s favorite part about working at SERVPRO of Fall River has been the knowledge she’s learned about the restoration process, as well as the opportunity it’s brought. During her time with us, she’s also become a certified Notary Public. On top of the ability to help those in need, Darcey loves the work environment at SERVPRO and is happy to be part of such an awesome team!

Why SERVPRO?

8/6/2018 (Permalink)

Faster To Any Size Disaster

IICRC Trained & Certified

Our technicians are trained through The IICRC Training Program. IICRC is a standard-setting non-profit organization for inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries, like ourselves. On top of the already rigorous training our Production Technicians and Crew Chiefs go through with IICRC, they are also certified as:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)

This four-day course covers mold and sewage remediation techniques and how to perform these procedures in the field while protecting the health and safety of workers and occupants on your property.

  • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)

Technicians learn to dry water-damaged structures efficiently and effectively using monitoring devices, extraction systems, and drying equipment. This three-day course includes comprehensive classroom and hands-on training to develop technical and practical drying expertise.

  • Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT)

This two-day course covers pre-inspection, fabric identification, cleaning chemicals and equipment, and proper cleaning techniques for residential and commercial applications.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT)

Technicians will learn about types of smoke and fire damage, job planning, equipment, and practical cleaning procedures in fire and smoke settings. This two-day course also includes instruction on odor and deodorization concepts.

  • Odor Control Technician (OCT)

Technicians learn to address odors and deodorization techniques. This one-day course covers odor control caused by biological sources such as decomposition, urine contamination, mold, and other sources.

  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT)

Technicians learn fiber identification and upholstery cleaning methods. This two-day course also covers identifying upholstery cleaning problems before fabrics shrink, bleed, crown, or distort.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)

This three-day course covers the concepts of water damage and its effects in residential and commercial settings. Technicians learn techniques and procedures to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold.

* IICRC – Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification

Locally Owned and Operated with Nationwide Resources

For 25 years, SERVPRO has been serving the communities of Dartmouth & New Bedford, along with its surrounding areas. Within that time, we’ve gone through some major changes. We’ve undergone a change in ownership, as well as an expansion in territory (double to what it was before!) We are honored to be your first choice in cleanup & restoration, and look forward to serving the community for many more years to come. 

No Job Too Big or Too Small

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster, at any given time. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

If your home or Business has suffered a Recent Loss, Contact us at (508) 999-2380

Team Member Tuesday- Chris

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

Marketing Manager, Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson

Chris is the Marketing Manager at SERVPRO of Fall River and brings with him over 20 years of sales and marketing experience. Chris’s knowledge and experience with relationship & social media marketing, event planning and restoration services makes him a great asset that we are lucky to have!

Over the years, Chris has been able to build strong relationships with local business owners, sales professionals and various others in the communities we serve. He’s very active with the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce and the SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce, serving as an Ambassador for both. In addition to being a Chamber Ambassador, Chris is the President of Bristol County Business Connect (BCBC) East, a Board member for Westport Business to Business, was named Affiliate of the Year with the Realtors Association of South Eastern Mass (RASEM) and serves on multiple committees for various organizations.

Utilizing his Culinary Arts Degree, Chris was in the restaurant business for over a decade, managing restaurants and cafe's from Nantucket to California! To add to his management skills, Chris has owned his own cleaning company as well as his own insurance business for 8 years. His experience in these two industries has him well equipped with the skills necessary for his position here at SERVPRO.

Some interesting facts about Chris include him being a proud father of two, a foodie, and the fact that he's driven cross country twice when moving back and forth from California! Chris’s favorite part about working for SERVPRO of Fall River has been building strong relationships and using those connections to help others succeed, coupled with the fact that he’s been able to help people going through disasters get their lives back to normal, kind of "Like it never even happened."

Mold and Mildew issues- Fall River, MA 02721

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Need mildew removal? Spring cleaning means you may find mildew lurking, call 508-676-9100 to schedule cleanup services.

The kitchen of this home in Fall River, MA is mold and mildew damaged to the max. It's easy to see the mold growth that's already occurred due to extensive water damage! SERVPRO of Fall River mildew removal technicians came out to this home because the homeowner was cleaning the structure and noticed mold growth all along the bottom of the walls.

When water leaks occur and aren't addressed right away, mold growth will almost always occur. While some molds aren't dangerous, the longer water damage sits, the more harmful mold and mildew growth can occur.

SERVPRO of Fall River is trained in mildew removal and will examine a structure for any visible signs of mildew or mold. The technician may recommend you leave the affected area while the mold cleanup and associated containment process is being safety completed. 

This is why we do what we do: to help our communities get back to their lives. We are everywhere in the community. Call SERVPRO of Fall River today if you need mildew removal completed, 508-676-9100. Don't hesitate when your well being is on the line.

What is "Black Mold?"- Somerset, MA 02724

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can cause reactions, you should contact us regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold may exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Fall River immediately. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

SERVPRO Storm Preparation Tips- Fall River, MA 02723

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

When a storm hits your home, you need a company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Fall River has the capabilities and professional personnel to quickly respond to your storm damage concerns.

As we continue to see storms throughout the area, we at SERVPRO of Fall River want you to be aware of what the different threat levels mean so that you can be prepared for whatever happens. 

Flash Flood Watch

A Flash Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flash Flood Warning

A Flash Flood Warning is issued when flash flooding is imminent or occurring.

Flood Watch

A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flood Warning

A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (508) 676-9100

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Be Storm Ready- Seekonk, MA 02771

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen anytime, in any part of the country. According to Ready.gov severe weather can include hazardous conditions produced by thunderstorms, including damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, flooding and flash flooding, and winter storms associated with freezing rain, sleet, snow and strong winds.

Restoring storm and flood damaged properties is the cornerstone of our SERVPRO of Fall River business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage. We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. SERVPRO of Fall River is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency.

For more information on storm preparation, visit https://www.ready.gov/severe-weather

Oven and Stove Top Safety- Fall River 02721

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

A stove and oven are a necessary household item. We use them on a daily basis for small meals and large meals alike. The stove is a critical component of the household and life would be hard without one, but life can be dangerous if you are not practicing safety and caution while using a stove.

Cooking fires are the primary cause of residential fires in the U.S. For the most part, kitchen fires are preventable, if you follow the safety tips provided below.

PURCHASING A STOVE TOP & OVEN:

  • Make sure it has the label of an independent testing lab.
  • Register your oven either online or with the provided card. This allows the manufacturer to contact you about recalls or potential dangers.
  • Be sure that your oven is installed properly, with safe clearance from the hood and proper wiring.
  • Consider installing "after market" safety devices, especially if small children are in your household. 
    • Stove Knob Stops
    • Stove Locking Straps
    • Stove Safety Guards

USING YOUR STOVE TOP & OVEN:

  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Keep it clean. Food particles and grease residue can ignite and cause a fire.
  • Create a “Kid-Free Zone” that children are aware they are not allowed to enter.
  • Check for body safety.
    • Tie back long hair.
    • Roll up long sleeves.
    • Remove loose jewelry.
    • Be sure footwear is non-slip.
  • Before each use, do an oven safety check.
    • Be sure you do not smell gas leaking from a gas stove.If you do, open a window and leave the room.
    • Make sure there is nothing in the oven. An oven should never be used for storage.
    • Make sure that there are no food particles or grease residue on the stove top.
    • Position your oven racks before pre-heating to prevent scalding.
  • Be sure to follow safety guidelines when using stove top burners.
    • Use burners on the back as much as possible.
    • Never use a pot that is too small or big for the burner.
    • Never leave a burner on that does not have a filled pot or pan on it.
    • Do not leave an empty pan on a hot burners.
    • Turn all pot and pan handles inwards. They can be pulled and knocked over when they are turned out.
  • Close the oven door immediately after removing or testing food.
  • Keep oven mitts and other cloth and paper out of the way of the burners.
  • Use oven mitts and oven sticks to remove pots and pans from the stove top or oven.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, baking soda and metal lids nearby to put out fires quickly.

IN CASE OF FIRE:

  • Never use water on a grease fire.
  • If it is small in the pan, throw baking soda on top of it or cover it with a metal lid.
  • Never use flour or fan the flames with a towel.
  • Use an ABC rated dry chemical extinguisher. Be sure it is placed next to an exit so that you can back out of the kitchen and home if the fire becomes uncontrollable.
  • If it is too big to smother with a lid or put out with an extinguisher, turn off the burner, move the pan off the burner if you are able to, and evacuate the house.
  • If it is in the oven, keep the door closed and turn off the heating element.
  • Do not remove a lid or open the oven door until the pot or pan has completely cooled.
  • Before trying to fight a fire, be sure to evacuate everyone from the home.
  • Turn off the burners or oven.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Fall River Today – (508) 676-9100

Facts About Cleaning Up After a Fire- Westport, MA 02791

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

The Facts About Cleaning Smoke Damage After a House Fire

Many homeowners think that they can clean-up smoke damage to their home after it has been burned in a fire. Unfortunately, that is never a good idea. Cleaning up smoke and soot damage requires professionals to do the job.

Bring in the Fire Damage Pros

First off, a house that has been burned in a fire is typically not safe to enter or spend time in. The integrity of walls and floors may have been damaged, along with other hazards. It’s important not to enter the home until professionals tell you it is safe to do so. 

While you should not undertake trying to clean up smoke and soot damage from a house fire yourself, you should get the professionals into your as soon as possible. Ash and smoke, if left untreated, will cause corrosion, discoloration and a lingering powerful and offensive odor. Ash, specifically, will start causing damage and discoloration almost immediately and the damage may be permanent and irreversible. Anything that was made of plastic will begin discoloring within minutes. Metals will easily tarnish and corrode and fiberglass will begin to yellow. 

If you get fire damage restoration professionals in soon enough after a house fire, they can mitigate or eliminate the smoke and ash damage from the fire and prevent further damage to your property. Unfortunately, if you don’t get the pros in early, the damage becomes worse and worse and the costs to repair will begin to skyrocket within just a few weeks!

What a Trained and Certified Fire Damage Restoration Professional Does

A trained and certified fire damage restoration professional will first identify all affected materials and the source of odors, if possible. They will be extremely thorough. They will identify what can be salvaged and cleaned and what cannot be and must be completely replaced. They will then begin the clean-up process by removing built-up ash residue. Once the ash is cleaned, they can better identify the sources of odors, which they will treat with special detergents made to neutralize the odors. Once fire damaged materials are treated, they will be sealed to prevent future odors from emitting into your home.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Fall River Today – (508) 676-9100

Does Your Business Have an Emergency Readiness Plan?

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

When your commercial building is hit with a devastating fire or water damage, you need immediate action to get back in business right away. Let SERVPRO of Fall River help you to create an Emergency Readiness Profile for your business. This concise document provides an emergency action checklist of what to do in the event of a fire or water damage that will keep your employees safe and help reduce business interruption. Knowing what to expect and how to respond in case of an emergency greatly reduces the potential damage to your property and speeds up the process of mitigation. An experienced restoration specialist will spend time getting to know your unique business and will provide the profile at no charge to you. Included in the profile is a detailed list of shut-off valve locations for sprinklers, alarms, and other critical utilities as well as priority contact information for who to call in case of emergency. A detailed overview of your property is included, complete with digital pictures for insurance purposes. We will provide you with a concise list of who to call and what to do so you can get back to business as usual. Does your business have a preparedness plan in place? Let SERVPRO of Fall River partner with your business to give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing what to do when the unthinkable happens. 

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

 As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be. 

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Water Damage Facts

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the most common forms of damage to property.

Whether it's from a busted water pipe, sewage backup or flooding, water damage can wreak havoc on your property if not addressed immediately. While you likely already know the importance of proper water mitigation following a water loss, there's still a lot that may surprise you about water damage situations. Here are some essentials you should know about water damage restoration:

The more polluted the water, the worse your situation. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) classifies water into three categories in its S500 Standard:

  • Category 1: Generally sanitary water
  • Category 2: Significantly contaminated water
  • Category 3: Grossly contaminated water

The category of water on any loss will dictate how it's restored and how much can be salvaged.

Mold can be debilitating to your home's structure and to your health. And, it doesn't take long to begin to grow. Mold needs only five perfect conditions to grow in 48-72 hours:

  • Moisture
  • Food source
  • Prime temperature
  • No/minimal air movement
  • No/minimal light

Fast action is crucial. In order to begin processing an insurance claim, your agent needs to know about a water damage situation immediately, what happened, how it happened, the source of the water, etc. The longer you wait, the worse the situation gets -- not to mention, your chances of having a "sudden damage" claim approved begin to dwindle.

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (508) 676-9100

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Thoughts on Fire Damage in your home

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

When smoke and flames consume a residence, trying to pick up the pieces and return to a normal life may seem impossible.   Fire damage restoration is an important first step in the process of rebuilding the structure and making it a livable space once again. The process of remediation after this kind of loss is time-sensitive and involves a number of steps. Finding a professional organization to perform this process can lessen stress, on the body and mind as well as financially, and help property owners return to the home that they love. A professional fire damage restoration team follows a number of steps in achieving the goal of returning the affected property to its former state. Proper cleaning of the structure itself, proper cleaning of your contents as well as properly cleaning your air conditioning unit will ensure that your home will be smoke free and you can get back to normal.

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (508) 676-9100

Are you prepared for house fire?

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

House fires can be devastating for a family. You may never truly feel prepared, but there are steps you can take to become prepared. The American Red Cross has gone to great lengths on their web page providing tips and suggestions on home fire prevention. 

The 7 Ways to Prepare for a Home Fire

  1. Install the right number of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year.

  2. Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.

  3. Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.

  4. Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.

  5. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire“ to alert everyone that they must get out.

  6. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.

  7. Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Common Questions About Mold

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a common subject of anxious inquiries after your home has experienced extensive water damage. If high humidity levels persist, any area that has experienced a leak is at risk for becoming prime real estate for mold. Here are brief and helpful answers to four frequently asked questions concerning mold growth.

1. What is mold? Mold is a fungus that grows in multicellular structures on moist organic materials. Mold spreads by pores that float through the air until they land on a surface that is conducive to growth. Mold may develop in a wide variety of colors, but every type of mold releases more spores into the air that can cause mold to spread throughout a structure.

2. What causes mold to grow? Mold feeds off of nutrients in carbon-rich organic matter and thrives and spreads when moisture is present. If either factor is absent, mold growth will be significantly less likely.

3. How do you identify mold? You can inspect visible mold and look up similar fungi online, but you are more likely to correctly identify mold if you contact an industrial hygienist, indoor air specialist, or a company that provides residential mold testing and remediation services.

4. How do you get rid of mold? Depending on the extent of growth, mold can be contained or physically removed and the surface on which it has grown may either be disposed of or cleaned and thoroughly dried. It is important to maintain dry, low-humidity conditions to prevent mold from returning.

If you spot visible mold in your home in Bountiful, UT, in the wake of water damage or smell a mildew odor, you should contact residential remediation and restoration specialists in your area. Experts can quickly identify and contain mold growth, point out environmental factors such as high humidity, and remove, clean, and disinfect the affected area of your home. 

Understanding Mold

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent

Commercial Fire Damage

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Coping with the aftermath of a fire can be chaotic for anyone, but for a business owner it can be even more stressful. The first instinct is to clean up and get back to the daily operations of running a business. Unfortunately fire damage cleanup can be a very involved, and complex process. SERVPRO helps businesses get back to the normal day to day operations by efficiently and quickly cleaning affected structure of the building and processing the fire damaged materials. 

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Fire and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Commercial Fire Damage? Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Commercial Roofing Leaks

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

The water was coming from the roof, and that it was probably one of the 5 problems that normally cause water damages in commercial roofs.

  • DAMAGED PERIMETER FLASHING

  • OPEN ROOF PENETRATIONS

  • ROOFING MEMBRANE DAMAGE

  • AGE OF THE ROOFING SYSTEM

  • PONDING WATER OR CLOGGED DRAINAGE

Commercial Building Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Fall River responds quickly to your Fall River fire, water, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation. Our national network of 1,700 Franchises gives us access to personnel and resources to respond to any size restoration emergency. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

Have Questions? Call Today – (508) 676-9100


Once the source was identified the work began to clean up the damaged building materials that the leak had caused.  Trying to do this while still keeping the office running meant calling SERVPRO to help mitigate the damage.

How To Prevent Mold Problems in Your Commercial Property

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

 

A mold problem can be tricky to foresee. There are many places this common fungus likes to hide, and sometimes you don’t know mold growth is happening until it is a big enough problem to require professional remediation. There are a few things you can do to head it off at the pass, though. Mold prevention involves knowing the kind of environment mold likes and eliminating as many such environments as possible.

A Mold-Friendly Climate

Mold is always present, but it requires specific circumstances to settle and grow. There are four main criteria needed for rapid mold growth:

• Moisture
• Darkness
• Organic material
• Surface to grow on

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property. Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call  SERVPRO of Fall River, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Mold and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Water Damage Occur With a Fire

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Forbing homes usually suffer most from smoke and soot after a fire. Massive structural damage is a rarity, but even cleaning and removing those residues can take days or weeks. In some cases, restoration costs can be higher than simply removing and disposing of the affected property and building materials. 
 
Restoring the effects of fire damage to Forbing homes requires much more than a mop, bucket, and a bottle of cleaning and deodorizing chemical. To eliminate residues and the accompanying odors, we use specialized equipment not available to the general public. Every SERVPRO office maintains an extensive inventory of devices and machines to permanently remove both types of damage, and not just cover them up. 
 
We start with Ventilation Fans. This high velocity, industrial grade, box fans shift 3000 to 5000 cubic feet of air per minute. Not only are they superb for removing odors, but they can also help to dry out furniture and building material like drywall. If the outside air is drier than inside, our technicians can use the fans to displace the odor-filled, damp air with the odor-free air from outside the home. 
 
Once the fans are in place, SERVPRO team members bring out Electric Pressure Sprayers. We use these to disperse cleaning and deodorizing agents directly onto large surfaces, like carpets, and

furnitures

such as sofas and chairs. These

sprayers

are very effective with light to heavy residues and mild to strong odors. 
 
For small items or small stains on large items, we use Injectors. These are hand-held pumps with a large needle attached. Team members inject small amounts of cleaners and deodorizers directly into the stain. We prefer using this method to hopefully prevent the need to lift and remove a carpet or go to the expense of recovering an upholstered chair or sofa. 
 
For very strong odors that have penetrated deep into wall framing and other support structure, we use Ozone Machines. These devices heat up and generate a gaseous molecule that binds with odor-causing molecules. The ozone molecules can penetrate as deeply as the odors, altering the molecules and eliminating them completely. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100


 

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fall River has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about Learn more about our training and certifications..

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - WATER DAMAGE

Survey Extent of Damage and Inspect the Premises

We inspect and test the damaged area to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration. In addition, we will inspect for safety concerns which may be evident. If there are any safety issues or you are aware of any asbestos-containing material before our arrival, please bring them to our attention.

  • SURVEY DAMAGE.
  • COMPLETE SAFETY INSPECTION.

Identify Signs of Visible Mold Growth

Visible mold growth and moldy, musty odors may indicate the source of a moisture or water intrusion. If extensive mold is evident, we will need to consult your adjuster or property manager before completing additional work.

  • IDENTIFY Mold Growth Present in the Structure.
  • Identify Odors or Musty Smells.

Furniture Moved and Blocked In Place

We move furniture and property contents and block items to help prevent rust or furniture stains on wet carpet.

  • BLOCK Furniture.

Emergency Water Extraction

We remove as much excess water as possible from affected areas.

  • REMOVE Excess Water.

Carpet Pad

We check whether the carpet pad should be removed to save or protect the subfloor.

  • INSPECT Carpet Pad.
  • REMOVE Carpet Pad, if NEEDED.

Have Questions? Call Today – (508) 676-9100

Commercial Building Restoration Services

SERVPRO of Fall River responds quickly to your Fall River fire, water, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation. Our national network of 1,700 Franchises gives us access to personnel and resources to respond to any size restoration emergency. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Fall River offers professional cleaning and preventative maintenance for your carpet and upholstery that keeps your property looking its best. Our cleaning system offers a number of specialized cleaning options to match your needs. Whether your business needs a deep cleaning or a persistent odor removed, you can trust SERVPRO of Fall River. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services:

Water Damager from a fire

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that 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.

SERVPRO  specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call SERVPRO of Fall River 508-676-9100

When the flood water recedes

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fall River is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 508-676-9100

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Fall River has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Fall River

SERVPRO  specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What You Should Do When Dealing with Fire Damage in Your Home

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Life has enough interruptions and bumps along the way without the unwanted disaster of a house fire. The aftermath is almost as bad but much longer-lasting. Even small fires can use the assistance of a professional cleanup/restoration company. Cooking fires that spread beyond the stove, barbecue grills that go up in smoke, and even small appliances that catch fire can cause damage to surrounding areas. 

Small Fires can Pose High Risks 

While you should never pour water on a grease fire, nor on an electrical one, many times that is a person's first reaction anywhere. This can cause even more damage. Cooking fires and electrical shorts are common causes of Seattle home and business fire damage.  It can also create physical risks to people standing nearby. With grease fires, baking soda should be poured into the pan and any grease or oil that has caught fire outside of the cooking pan or skillet instead of water. 

With electrical fires the appliance should be unplugged if it can be safely done, but not by pulling on the cord. This can cause the cord to snap, leaving the plug, without the cord, still in the outlet. The power to the area where this is happening should be shut off at the fuse box as quickly as possible to eliminate the hazard. 

After the Fire is Out, It's Time to Repair the Damage 

When there's been a localized fire, you should have someone assess the damages for you. This can often help with insurance documentation.

Damage can range from blackened walls and countertops to heavily burned surfaces, electrical wires being damaged and requiring replacement, to floors suffering damage so severe they must be replaced to be safe again. Having experts conduct the repairs needed can expedite insurance claims being resolved, as well. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Protecting Your Home from Storm and Water Damage

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in your home can happen at any time, but your home can be even more exposed to water damage when it rains. As we move into the late Winter and early Spring months here in Massachusett, storm damage can become more of a threat to your property. Follow these tips to help protect your home from water damage during the next rainstorm. 

  1. Modify your homes water valves. If the city's main sewer line gets backed up during a heavy rainstorm, you could find yourself standing in a puddle of you-know-what. You may want to consider installing an interior or exterior backflow valve. Backflow valves prevent your water system from being contaminated with water flowing back into your supply lines. 
  2. Clear gutter, drains, and downspouts. Clogged gutters and downspouts can end up in a messy flood. Take the time to clean them and clear them of all debris before the rain comes.
  3. Cover air vents. One of the most common ways water finds its way into a home is through the home's air vents. If you know that heavy rain is in the forecast and that you are at risk of flooding, cover your air vents with thick plastic sheeting from both the outside and the inside. 
  4. Check your sealant surrounding doors and windows. Make sure that any gaps or holes in the sealant surrounding the doors and windows are filled in. This will help stop rainwater from finding its way into your home. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Fall River is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Fall River community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We proudly serve Fall River, MASomerset, MA, and surrounding areas.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

MOST COMMON PLACES FOR MOLD GROWTH IN YOUR HOME

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to your home or business mold is not something you want to mess around with. Especially in our Pacific Northwest climate, it doesn’t take very much time for mold to spread quickly. Mold can become extremely hazardous to your health, and if left untreated can cause costly structural damage to building materials. If you find mold growing in your home, it’s important to call in a professional who has the experience and expertise to have the mold completely removed by using the correct process.

Mold is a living organism that belongs to the fungi family. There are over 100,000 species of mold, and all of them can be harmful if not properly taken care of.

As long as oxygen and moisture are present, mold can virtually grow on any organic surface such as paper, wood, insulation, food, and carpet padding.  Because mold will eat or digest what it growing on, if left untreated, mold can even cause structural damage to buildings and furnishings.

Here are some Places to Watch for Mold Growth in Your Home:

  • Basements or cellars that have been flooded
  • Underneath kitchen sinks
  • Attics & Crawl Spaces
  • Underneath or behind refrigerators
  • Behind walls that also house plumbing
  • Stacks of damp or wet newspaper or cardboard boxes
  • Around air-conditioning units
  • Wallboard or around windows that leak
  • Under carpeting that may have become wet
  • Bathroom shower or under sink

You can prevent damage to your home or business, its contents, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.

 Reminder: With any type of water damage in the home drying the affected areas within three days or less will help prevent the growth of toxic mold that can make you extremely sick.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact - (508) 676-9100
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

38 Tips to Help You Prepare for a Winter Storm

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

When Is a Winter Storm Serious?

There are four different types of winter storm warning that you may get via the news, radio, weather channel etc.  It is important to know the difference.  Here are the definitions from the Red Cross:

Winter Storm Outlook – Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.

Winter Weather Advisory – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.

Winter Storm Watch – Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.

Winter Storm Warning – Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

Right now (winter 2013), where I am at, there is a Winter Storm Warning out for the next 15 hours or so.

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm Before it happens….WAY Before

  • Make sure you have a 3 day supply of water (3 gallons per person) and easy to prepare food.  Here is my favorite 72 hour no-prep food kit.
  • Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio so you can stay aware of the situation if your other communication sources are cut off.  Make sure it is battery operated and that you have extra batteries.
  • Make sure you have a good shovel.  You may need to dig yourself out before help gets there.  Or you simply may need to dig out your car!
  • Purchase a supply of flashlights (with batteries) and candles.
  • Clean and inspect your chimney if you have one.  Make sure you have a supply of wood.
  • Make sure you have an ample supply of blankets.  If you power goes out, you will need as many as you can get!
  • Clear rain gutters and repair roof leaks.
  • Have an alternate way of cooking.  A small “camp stove” works well for short term emergencies.  You may also consider a butane stove which is safe to use indoors (with a cracked window).  Make sure that whatever you choose that you have enough fuel.  Cook in a well ventilated garage (like with the door open) to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home.  The risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increasing during winter storms as people turn to alternate heat sources.
  • Learn how to care for frostbite and hypothermia.  Make sure you click on those links and print those out NOW in case your power goes out during a storm.
  • Weather strip any drafty doors or windows.
  • Purchase rock salt (or something similar) to help you keep walkways safe.
  • Install good winter tires on your car and make sure the wipers work well.
  • Make sure you have fire extinguishers in your home and that everyone knows how to use them.  House fires are much more common during winter storms as people turn to alternate heat sources.
  • Consider purchasing a good supply of heat packs.
  • Consider purchasing a kerosene heater.  Make sure it is legal in your area.

What to Prepare for a winter storm Before it happens….Days Before

  • Fill your gas tank.  This will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Check your supplies of flashlights, lanterns etc.  Make sure they are easily accessible.
  • Charge your cell phones and other electronics.
  • Pull out any generators / large battery backups that you have.  DO NOT use a gas generator indoors.
  • Check antifreeze levels in your car.
  • Make sure all adults in your house know how to shut of your main water valve in case your pipes burst.
  • If you will be separated from family members, make sure you know where they are before the storm and where / when you will meet up after.
  • Make sure you know how to manually operate your electric garage door.

What to do During a winter storm:

  • If temperatures are extremely low (below 25 Fahrenheit), turn on every faucet so that it is just barely dripping.  This will cost you a bit more in your water bill, but save you an expensive and time consuming mess if your pipes freeze.
  • Open kitchen and sink cabinets to allow warmer water to circulate around the pipes.  You can also wrap them in newspaper to help insulate them.
  • Keep your thermostat set as high during the night as you have it during the day to avoid pipes freezing.
  • Avoid driving.  If you must drive, make certain you have emergency supplies in your car.
  • Keep your radio nearby and listen for updates.
  • Stay Dry!  Change your clothes immediately if you get wet.
  • Use Flashlights before candles to avoid the risk of house fire.
  • If your pipes freeze, warm them with a hair dryer.  If you do not have power, wrap them in rags. Then, open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold.
  • Use WD-40 on your snow shovel to make shoveling easier.
  • If the power goes out, put towels at the bottoms of doors that have gaps and cover single paned or drafty windows with blankets.  Close doors to un-needed rooms.
  • Again, if your power is out, especially for an extended time, dress in layers.  Put on tights and / or long underwear if you have it as the bottom layer and then add on more loose fitting, light weight clothing in lots of layers after that.  Mittens are warmer than gloves.  End with a tight pair of warm socks and a hoodie.  Keeping your head and feet warm is essential.  You can also cover your mouth with a scarf.  Also, EAT!  This will help your body produce more heat.
  • Have your entire family get in the same bed if possible to share warmth.  Grab some books and stay under the covers as much as possible!  Don’t let that heat out!
  • If an extended power outage is expected, put frozen food outside and refrigerated food in the garage.  These will likely be colder than your fridge (without power) after a day or so.
  • Unplug any important electrical equipment to avoid a surge when power is restored.

Pet safety in cold weather

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Cold Weather Pet Safety

 

Client Handout

You're probably already aware of the risks posed by warm weather and leaving pets in hot cars, but did you know that cold weather also poses serious threats to your pets' health?

Here are some tips to keep your pets safe during cold weather:

Winter wellness: Has your pet had his/her preventive care exam (wellness exam) yet? Cold weather may worsen some medical conditions such as arthritis. Your pet should be examined by a veterinarian at least once a year, and it's as good a time as any to get him/her checked out to make sure (s)he is ready and as healthy as possible for cold weather.

Know the limits: Just like people, pets' cold tolerance can vary from pet to pet based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. Be aware of your pet's tolerance for cold weather, and adjust accordingly. You will probably need to shorten your dog's walks in very cold weather to protect you both from weather-associated health risks. Arthritic and elderly pets may have more difficulty walking on snow and ice and may be more prone to slipping and falling. Long-haired or thick-coated dogs tend to be more cold-tolerant, but are still at risk in cold weather. Short-haired pets feel the cold faster because they have less protection, and short-legged pets may become cold faster because their bellies and bodies are more likely to come into contact with snow-covered ground. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances (such as Cushing's disease) may have a harder time regulating their body temperature, and may be more susceptible to problems from temperature extremes. The same goes for very young and very old pets. If you need help determining your pet's temperature limits, consult your veterinarian.

Provide choices: Just like you, pets prefer comfortable sleeping places and may change their location based on their need for more or less warmth. Give them some safe options to allow them to vary their sleeping place to adjust to their needs.

Stay inside. Cats and dogs should be kept inside during cold weather. It's a common belief that dogs and cats are resistant than people to cold weather because of their fur, but it's untrue. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Longer-haired and thick-coated dog breeds, such as huskies and other dogs bred for colder climates, are more tolerant of cold weather; but no pet should be left outside for long periods of time in below-freezing weather.

Make some noise: A warm vehicle engine can be an appealing heat source for outdoor and feral cats, but it's deadly. Check underneath your car, bang on the hood, and honk the horn before starting the engine to encourage feline hitchhikers to abandon their roost under the hood.

Check the paws: Check your dog's paws frequently for signs of cold-weather injury or damage, such as cracked paw pads or bleeding. During a walk, a sudden lameness may be due to an injury or may be due to ice accumulation between his/her toes. You may be able to reduce the chance of iceball accumulation by clipping the hair between your dog's toes.

Play dress-up: If your dog has a short coat or seems bothered by the cold weather, consider a sweater or dog coat. Have several on hand, so you can use a dry sweater or coat each time your dog goes outside. Wet sweaters or coats can actually make your dog colder. Some pet owners also use booties to protect their dog's feet; if you choose to use them, make sure they fit properly.

Wipe down: During walks, your dog's feet, legs and belly may pick up deicers, antifreeze, or other chemicals that could be toxic. When you get back inside, wipe down (or wash) your pet's feet, legs and belly to remove these chemicals and reduce the risk that your dog will be poisoned after (s)he licks them off of his/her feet or fur. Consider using pet-safe deicers on your property to protect your pets and the others in your neighborhood.

Collar and chip: Many pets become lost in winter because snow and ice can hide recognizable scents that might normally help your pet find his/her way back home. Make sure your pet has a well-fitting collar with up-to-date identification and contact information. A microchip is a more permanent means of identification, but it's critical that you keep the registration up to date.

Stay home: Hot cars are a known threat to pets, but cold cars also pose significant risk to your pet's health. You're already familiar with how a car can rapidly cool down in cold weather; it becomes like a refrigerator, and can rapidly chill your pet. Pets that are young, old, ill, or thin are particularly susceptible to cold environments and should never be left in cold cars. Limit car travel to only that which is necessary, and don't leave your pet unattended in the vehicle.

Prevent poisoning: Clean up any antifreeze spills quickly, as even small amounts of antifreeze can be deadly. Make sure your pets don't have access to medication bottles, household chemicals, potentially toxic foods such as onions, xylitol (a sugar substitute) and chocolate.

Protect family: Odds are your pet will be spending more time inside during the winter, so it's a good time to make sure your house is properly pet-proofed. Use space heaters with caution around pets, because they can burn or they can be knocked over, potentially starting a fire. Check your furnace before the cold weather sets in to make sure it's working efficiently, and install carbon monoxide detectors to keep your entire family safe from harm. If you have a pet bird, make sure its cage is away from drafts.

Avoid ice: When walking your dog, stay away from frozen ponds, lakes and other water. You don't know if the ice will support your dog's weight, and if your dog breaks through the ice it could be deadly. And if this happens and you instinctively try to save your dog, both of your lives could be in jeopardy.

Provide shelter: We don't recommend keeping any pet outside for long periods of time, but if you are unable to keep your dog inside during cold weather, provide him/her with a warm, solid shelter against wind. Make sure that they have unlimited access to fresh, non-frozen water (by changing the water frequently or using a pet-safe, heated water bowl). The floor of the shelter should be off of the ground (to minimize heat loss into the ground) and the bedding should be thick, dry and changed regularly to provide a warm, dry environment. The door to the shelter should be positioned away from prevailing winds. Space heaters and heat lamps should be avoided because of the risk of burns or fire. Heated pet mats should also be used with caution because they are still capable of causing burns.

Recognize problems: If your pet is whining, shivering, seems anxious, slows down or stops moving, seems weak, or starts looking for warm places to burrow, get them back inside quickly because they are showing signs of hypothermia. Frostbite is harder to detect, and may not be fully recognized until a few days after the damage is done. If you suspect your pet has hypothermia or frostbite, consult your veterinarian immediately.

Be prepared: Cold weather also brings the risks of severe winter weather, blizzards and power outages. Prepare a disaster/emergency kit, and include your pet in your plans. Have enough food, water and medicine (including any prescription medications as well as heartworm and flea/tick preventives) on hand to get through at least 5 days.

Feed well: Keep your pet at a healthy weight throughout the winter. Some pet owners feel that a little extra weight gives their pet some extra protection from cold, but the health risks associated with that extra weight don't make it worth doing. Watch your pet's body condition and keep them in the healthy range. Outdoor pets will require more calories in the winter to generate enough body heat and energy to keep them warm – talk to your veterinarian about your pet's nutritional needs during cold weather.

Cold weather safety for livestock

Companion animals aren't the only animals in need of protection during the winter months. Livestock, including horses, have their own unique considerations and needs when the weather gets colder.

Recognize the importance of early veterinary care: Schedule a veterinary exam early in the season to address any concerns before the harshest conditions arrive. This is a good time to discuss vaccinations, nutritional supplementation, deworming, and other parasite treatment needs. Veterinary attention is especially important for animals that are pregnant, and very young or very old animals may require special attention.

Provide appropriate shelter from the elements: Livestock can generally tolerate cold temperatures, but wind, rain, or snow will require a greater expenditure of calories. With that in mind, be sure they have a way to get out of the elements, especially the wind. Blankets can help protect horses, but a structural shelter with proper ventilation and dry bedding is the best method of protection. If you do blanket your horses, be sure to check underneath often for signs of injury, infection, or malnutrition.

Keep ice to a minimum to prevent injury, and remember to keep driveways clear so veterinarians and farriers can access your animals. Prevent mud management issues in the winter with proper preparation, whether that's through use of material like gravel, sand, or woodchips, or through other methods.

Consider the amount and quality of feed: Besides taking shelter, livestock keep warm by expending energy, which means they need to consume enough calories to heat themselves. Consider talking with your veterinarian to develop a feed plan that meets your animals' nutritional needs. This may mean increasing the amount of feed available to your animals, and/or increasing the quality of feed. Very young, very old, or sick animals will typically have additional nutritional needs during the winter compared to healthy, middle-aged animals.

Ensure access to water: It is crucial that your herd has access to fresh and unfrozen water. Tank heaters or heated buckets can help keep water at a temperature your animals are more comfortable drinking. Livestock will not consume adequate amounts of water if it is near freezing, and consuming enough water is important to your animals' health and well-being in winter months.

6 Great Tips to Keep Pipes From Freezing

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Burst pipes can lead to a disaster!

Cold temperatures can cause pipes to freeze. Many landlords are afraid they will get this call from a tenant during the winter months. There are, however, steps you can take to prevent this problem. Learn six tips to keep the pipes on your property from freezing.

The Facts About Frozen Pipes

Only A Cold Climate Problem?

This is not the case. Many mistakenly believe that frozen pipes are only an issue for those in typically cold climates.

However, the homes that are actually more vulnerable to frozen pipes are those in typically warmer climates because the pipes may not be properly insulated against such frigid temperatures.

Frozen Pipes Can Burst

Frozen pipes are a problem by themselves because they prevent water flow, but even worse, frozen pipes can eventually burst, causing damage and potential flooding. The good news is, there are six easy steps you can take to help prevent this problem from occurring when the temperatures drop.

Tip #1: Keep the Heat On

If you or your tenants are leaving for a period of time, make sure that the heat is kept on your property. It may be difficult to convince your tenants to leave their heat on when they are away, especially if they are responsible for paying their own utilities. You should inform them that the heat can help prevent pipes from freezing, and if pipes freeze and burst, it can cause a lot of water damage to the property and to their possessions.

The heat does not have to be kept as high as you normally would keep it if you were actually in the property, but keeping it set above 50 degrees Fahrenheit is a good idea. This should provide enough heat to keep the pipes warm and to prevent any water inside from freezing.

Tip #2: Allow Faucet to Drip

If you are afraid a pipe will freeze, you can allow the faucet to drip slightly.

Allowing the faucet to be open like this will relieve pressure in the system. If a pipe freezes, it is actually the pressure that is created between the blockage and the faucet that will cause the pipe to burst. Allowing the faucet to be open will prevent this pressure from building up and thus, keep the pipe from bursting.

Tip #3: Keep Interior Doors Open

Pipes are often located in cabinets. When the temperatures drop, it is a good idea to keep these cabinet doors open so that the heat from the rest of the house can keep the pipes warm as well. You should also keep all interior doors open so that the heat can flow throughout the home.

Tip #4: Seal Up Cracks and Holes

You should caulk any holes or cracks that exist near pipes. This should be done on both interior and exterior walls. Doing so can help keep the cold air out and the warm air in.

Tip #5: Apply Heating Tape

For pipes that are easily accessible, the electrical heating tape may be an option to keep them from freezing. This tape can be applied directly to the pipe.

There are two types of heating tape. One type of heating tape turns on and off by itself when it senses heat is needed. The other type of heating tape needs to be plugged in when heat is needed and unplugged when not in use.

Much like a space heater, these products can be dangerous, so you must follow the product’s direction and safety procedures exactly.

Tip #6: Add Extra Insulation

Pipes that are located in areas that do not have proper insulation, such as basements or attics, may need extra insulation to keep from freezing. Pipes in basements or attics are not the only ones that may not be properly insulated from the cold. If you have had a problem with pipes freezing anywhere in your home, extra insulation could be the cure.

Pipes can be fitted with foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves to help decrease the chances of freezing. This can be an easy solution for pipes that are exposed but can get expensive if walls, floors or ceilings have to be opened in order to properly insulate the pipe. Additional insulation can also be added to walls and ceilings to keep the pipes warm.

Hopefully you won't have the need to call us but in the event that you do, at  SERVPRO of Fall River we are here to help you make what ever you are dealing with "Like it never even happened". Give us a call at 508-676-9100.

What happens when ground water enters your home?

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

There are three main ways that ground water can enter your home, Basement seepage, water intrusion and sub pump failure. Excess ground water flooding is usually caused by abnormally large amounts of water not properly draining, which causes the groundwater to spread and intrude on a home.

Basement Seepage- Groundwater can commonly find its way into your basement by going through the cellar doors, improperly sealed windows, or cracks in the foundation. It is a good idea to check your basement for cracks, holes, improper sealants, or areas where it looks like water can get through.

Water Intrusion- Ground water can find its way into a home that is not properly sealed, or has cracks.

Sump Pump Failure- It is common to find a sump pump in homes that are located in high water table areas. Sump pumps are meant to keep the area under a home dry and to prevent it from flooding. The sump pump usually sits in a specially constructed pit where groundwater flows in through drains or naturally, and the sump pump will pump the groundwater out and away from the home. Occasionally, a sump pump does fail. Whether improper insulation, maintenance, defects, clogs, or a power failure, if a sump pump fails, groundwater could end up overflowing through the sump pump and flooding your basement.

If groundwater is coming in, make sure to try to stop the water coming in the best you can and wait until the water level has stopped rising to call SERVPRO of Fall River in. If you call a professional in while the water is still coming in very heavily, there would be a lot more charges associated with the job as they would have to keep repeating efforts as the new ground water would wreck any cleanup they had done.

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

Major storms and flooding events can overwhelm many restoration companies. On the other hand, SERVPRO of Fall River can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

A Tree Fell on Your Home During a wind storm

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

A common occurrence during storms is trees falling on and damaging your property. Don’t wait until it happens. Be prepared for this type of storm emergency. Here are 5 steps to take for emergency tree removal in Durham, NC.

  1. Trees that are old or diseased can easily succumb to flooding and windy storms. Go ahead and remove hazardous trees before a storm approaches.
  2. In the event a tree does fall on your property, first make sure everyone is okay. Leave your home if you feel unsafe inside the property.
  3.  Look to see if there are any wires or power lines hanging and if they call the police and the power company.
  4.  Call your insurance company and if you can safely do say take pictures.
  5. Contact your local mitigations and emergency storm cleanup provider in Durham, NC. They will place a tarp on the roof if needed. They will also carry out any board up services required and clean up any water inside the home. Boarding up parts of the home that have structural damage will help with your insurance claim and also deter any vandals while you are away from your home.

Got Mold?

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Understanding Mold

Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Friendswood / Pearland?

 

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

A minor mold problem can quickly become a major infestation if left untreated. We can start the remediation process immediately after you contact us. A faster response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

 

We’re Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists

We specialize in water and mold damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have the training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation.

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician

We Use Advanced Mold Remediation Techniques and Equipment

Our advanced equipment helps to detect and stop the source of water feeding the mold. We then isolate the affected area using a negative air pressure chamber.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact 508-676-9100
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Common Mold Misconceptions

It’s easy to understand why many people struggle to grasp the facts and issues surrounding indoor mold because of sensational news stories and advertising cloud and obscure the real issues. Educate yourself on the facts about mold and learn about the mold remediation process.

  • What is “Black Mold”?
  • “Mold Removal” versus Mold Remediation

6 ways to prepare now for hurricanes

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

The worst thing that people who live along coastlines can do is not to prepare for tropical storms and hurricanes.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the two key factors contributing to weather safety during hurricanes are preparing in advance for the risks and to act on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials.

1. Evacuation planning 

2. Buy supplies

3. Check insurance coverage

4. Make copies of important documents

5. Protect your home

6. Back up your electronics

SERVPRO of Fall River has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (508) 676-9100

What causes mold?

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

What causes mold? Spores need three things to grow into mold nutrients - cellulose (the cell wall of green plants) is a common food for indoor spores, moisture - To begin the decaying process caused by mold time -mold growth begins from 24 hours to 10 days after the provision of growing conditions. What does it take for mold to grow? Mold spores are everywhere, and they grow on any organic surface, given the right conditions. For growth, they require organic matter for food, moisture, warmth, and oxygen. To prevent mold growth, keep all surfaces clean and dry, and provide plenty of ventilation.

When a home suffers a water damage event, a mold infestation can quickly arise and spread throughout a home in 48-72 hours. Because mold can produce allergens and irritants, you will want a professional that has training and experience to properly resolve the mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Commercial Services

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

When your home or business has been damaged by fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris.

After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of Fall River can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Fall River can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

SERVPRO of Fall River can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.

  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Marble Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

Myth about Mold

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Myth about Mold


The myth that bleach is the only thing that kills mold, has been passed on to us from generation to generation.  While there are benefits to using bleach-such as disinfecting and sterilizing-the cons of using bleach definitely outweigh the pros. 


Bleach Removes Mold Stains Only


So, why do homeowners believe bleach kills mold? Because the mold stain disappears after using bleach. If you can’t see it anymore then the mold must be dead, right?incorrect! You see, mold is like a plant in the sense that it grows roots and attaches itself to porous surfaces such as drywall, concrete and even fabrics. 


Bleach is Toxic


Have you ever used bleach and felt like you could barely breathe? One homeowner recently told us they had to stay out of the room for days because the fumes were so pungent.


Concrobium Mold Control


There’s a safer way to eliminate and clean mold, without exposing yourself to harmful chemicals.



  • Mold clean-up during remodeling projects

  • Mold and mildew treatments while painting

  • Mold prevention in homes and facilities

  • Musty odor control in vulnerable areas


Concrobium Mold Control dries to form an invisible antimicrobial shield that encapsulates and physically crushes mold spores. 


 


If You See Signs of Mold,
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100


 

We Are IICRC Certfield

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Certificate

SERVPRO of Fall River has been a multi-specialty IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified firm years. The IICRC sets the gold standards for the Cleaning and Remediation industry, of which SERVPRO is an industry leader. The following is from the IICRC official website (http://www.IICRC.org).

”IICRC Certified Firms have earned the right to display the Clean Trust logo as a symbol of quality. In order to achieve IICRC-certified status, firms must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise.

"IICRC Certified Firms must:

"• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

"• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

"• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

"• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

"• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

"The IICRC actively pursues relationships with fiber producers, carpet and fabric mills, furnishing manufacturers and retailers, and others affiliated with the industry. The use of IICRC-certified service professionals is specified in leading manufacturers’ maintenance brochures and warranties.”

SERVPRO of Fall River is honored to count ourselves among the select organizations to receive these certifications.  You can rest easy that we’ll get the job done right, every time!

STORM PREPARATION

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Taking proactive steps to protect your family and property from severe storms before they hit can save lives and minimize damage to your home or business.

Severe storms including hail storms, tornadoes, floods and hurricanes cause a lot of damage in the every year. When big storms hit, many families find themselves disorganized and unprepared. When preparing for a storm, it is important to have a storm plan and make sure everyone in your home knows the plan, in case of emergency.

Having a plan increases your chances of keeping you and your family safe. If you live in an area prone to flooding, consider buying flood insurance, as flooding is typically not covered under most homeowners insurance policies. In order to stay safe, it is important to understand your risks and have a plan of action in place before the storm hits.

To prepare for a storm, each family should have an emergency kit. Since you may have to evacuate on short notice, pack your emergency kit into backpacks and have them ready to go. Everyone in the family should know exactly where the emergency kits are located.

Your emergency kit should contain:

  • Battery powered flashlight
  • Portable battery powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • List of emergency phone numbers
  • Prescriptions and essential medicines
  • First aid kit
  • Nonperishable emergency food
  • Bottled water (1 gallon per person, per day)
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Disposable camera
  • Credit cards and cash
  • Change of clothing
  • Sturdy shoes or boots
  • Important papers, identification and bank information

Call SERVPRO of Fall River 508-676-9100.

Derecho Storms

5/5/2017 (Permalink)

Derecho Storms


A derecho is a large, violent, fast-moving, complex of thunderstorms that follow one another along a path of at least 240 miles, with wind gusts of at least 58 mph. Although derechos are very difficult to predict, they often form along the boundary of a large, hot air mass near a jet stream air current. Derechos can produce winds as violent as a hurricane or tornado and cause similar damage, but they are not confined to the coastal areas of the United States. While derechos can happen at any time of the year during the day or the night, typically, derechos happen in warm weather, during June and July, and in the New Enland.


Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Fall River home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Fall River can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions


What To Do After Flooding



  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.

  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.

  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.

  • Gather loose items from floors.


What NOT To Do After Flooding



  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.

  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.

  • Don't use television or other household appliances.

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.


 


Call SERVPRO of Fall River 508-676-9100.  

What to do until helps arrives on a Water Damage

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Up After a Flood

  • Keep children & pets outside the affected area 
  • Wear proper personal protective gear (rubber boots, rubber gloves, eye protection)
  • Remove & discard items that can’t be washed and sanitized (i.e. mattresses,   carpet & padding, foam items, books and paper products)
  • Remove & discard drywall & insulation contaminated by flood or sewer water 
  • Thoroughly clean and sanitize all hard surfaces
  • Help drying process by strategically placing air movers and de-humidifiers
  • Wash all affected clothing with hot water and detergent.  It is recommended that you use a Laundromat until your on-site waste water system  has been professionally inspected and serviced
  • After completing cleanup wash with soap and water that has been boiled for at least one minute, to kill off bacteria still in water system.
  • OR call us in 24/7 and we’ll take care of all your drying out needs.

Our Water Damage Restoration Process

Since every flood and water damage scenario is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. However, the overall water restoration process remains the same. The steps below detail our restoration process for the typical water-damaged property.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Do You Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Storm Damage

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

a home affected by a storm

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Fall River home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise. SERVPRO of Fall River can respond immediately to storm and flooding condition


In the picture above you will see the after affect of a Storm in Fall River, MA. Property damage caused by severe weather can be devastating to your family or business, and repairing it can be a complex undertaking. Te get storm damage repair completed quickly and safely, you need a SERVPRO of Fall River restoration company that specializes in bringing your home back to its preloss condition.


Severe storms can be frightening and dangerous, and safety has to be your first priority. If your area has seen major problems, be careful. If you think your home has been structurally damaged or if flood risk remains, don’t go inside until a professional says it’s safe. Spending a few nights at a friend’s house or in an emergency shelter is a small price to pay. Once the disaster has passed, it’s important to assess the damage and get started with cleanup and restoration. Below, we’ve provided information about the damage different kinds of storms can cause and how you can protect your property value in different scenarios.


-Winter Storm


-Hail Damage


-Thunderstorm Damage


-Storm-related Flood Damage


-Hurricane Damage


Do You Have Flood or Storm Damage?
Call Us Today (508) 676-9100

STORM DAMAGE & WIND DAMAGE

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

An unexpected Hurricane can bring wind damage and hail damage. Storm damage caused by a powerful hurricane can cause severe property damage and flooding. A wintry blizzard can cause wind damage and ice damming. Mother Nature can unleash powerful weather patterns, leaving behind substantial storm damage to your home or business. Wind, water, hail and downed trees are just some of the things that can expose your property and contents, whatever their size, to the elements. It is at this time that immediate storm damage restoration is key to your property’s safety and recovery.


In the Picture about you will see water damage after affect of a storm.Here at SERVPRO of Fall River,we offer immediate help to secure your property and prevent further damage from occurring. Storm damage services can include the following:



  • Emergency Board-Up Service

  • Demolition and Reconstruction Services


SERVPRO of Fall River is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or storm emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Fall River community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.


Do You Have Flood or Storm Damage?
Call Us Today (508) 676-9100

Commercial Storm Restoration

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or storm 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.

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Fall River has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial storm or water damage emergencies. Regardless of your property type or size, we will respond quickly to clean the property and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about our training and certifications.

 

Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (508) 676-9100

Fire Restoration

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services


Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.



  1. Emergency Contact

  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

  6. Cleaning and Repair

  7. Restoration


Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Removing odor after a fire

5/3/2017 (Permalink)

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Fall River is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contact any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.

How often should you clean your bathroom to avoid mold growth

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

When it comes to bathrooms, it seems like it’s the least favorite room for homeowners to clean. However, dust, dirt, grime, and moisture sitting on your bathroom surfaces can lead to mold and mildew. So, why avoid the cleanup and put your family’s health at risk? Bathrooms should be cleaned weekly, but there’s also little things that can be done daily that can help make that weekly cleanup seem less daunting.

Daily:

  • After a shower, squeegee your tiles to remove the excess water
  • Keep the shower stall door or curtains open after a shower for at least 10 minutes to help exhaust the humidity that has built up inside
  • Close the shower curtains afterwards to help dry them so moisture doesn’t get trapped when they are bunched up when closed
  • Empty garbage bins every other day. Think of what gets thrown out: wet naps, damp paper towels, Kleenexes, tissue paper, etc. After a few days, your garbage bin can start to get musty and moldy
  • Hang towels right away after a bath or shower. Leaving them on the floor can lead to musty odors
  • Run your exhaust fans or open windows during your shower and keep them open/on afterwards for at least 20 minutes

Weekly:

  • Toilet bowls
  • Shower head; build-up can occur causing mold and clogging, preventing you from having a relaxing shower experience.
  • Counters and sinks
  • Walls and floors; dust, grime, hair is mold food when left on surfaces for too long
  • Shower mats
  • Replace hand and bath towels with fresh, clean linens
  • Mirrors
  • Door handles, faucets can hold onto bacteria

As a result, the main objective is to keep moisture levels to a minimum. 

 

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact - (508) 676-9100
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Common Mold Misconceptions

It’s easy to understand why many people struggle to grasp the facts and issues surrounding indoor mold because sensational news stories and advertising cloud and obscure the real issues. Educate yourself with the facts about mold and learn about the mold remediation process.

Commercial Water loss

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Professionals here at SERVPRO of Fall River we are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that 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.

SERVPRO of Fall River responds quickly to your Fall River fire, water, or mold damage emergency, 24 hours a day. Whether the damage occurs in a small business building or a big box store, we have the training, experience, and equipment to handle the situation. Our national network of 1,700 Franchises gives us access to personnel and resources to respond to any size restoration emergency. Learn more about our commercial restoration services

 

Have Questions? Call Today – (508) 676-9100

Fire Pack out

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive.

In many instances your Fall River property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. Until help arrives, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Here at SERVPRO of Fall River we will pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs
If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Fall River can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

-A quicker remodeling process
-Protecting items from potential damage
-Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Have Fire or Smoke Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Fire Extinguisher after affect

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

The most versatile fire extinguisher type for home use is the dry chemical fire extinguisher, which is recommended for normal fires as well as grease fires and electrical fires. Unfortunately, dry chemical extinguishers come with a downside. When used, a dry chemical extinguisher coats the surrounding area in a layer of chemicals that, while great for smothering flames, makes a huge mess and can damage electronic equipment. With these instructions, you can minimize the mess and efficiently clean the chemicals from this type of fire extinguisher.

Fire extinguishers are generally looked upon as being a safety device, so not many people think about the potential dangers they hold. As with anything you bring into a home or workplace, it’s important to fully understand the devices used. While fire extinguisher powder is non-toxic, it is not entirely safe. The chemicals used are considered appropriate for home use, but you should take precautions to avoid touching or inhaling too much of the powder. After a fire, the residue left by a fire extinguisher needs to be cleaned up. Many areas do not permit phosphates or sulfates to be added to the water table. Since the vast majority of fire extinguishers contain ammonium phosphate and/or ammonium sulfate, you need to be careful about cleaning up. The chemicals can irritate skin, so use gloves and avoid inhaling by using a dust mask.

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (508) 676-9100

 

Commercial water loss in Fall River, MA

4/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Loss

Flooding and water damage events In New England commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.In the picture above a main water line broke and flood the facility. 

Cleaning and restoring commercial properties require a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of Fall River has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. We can help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

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Document Restoration Services

4/19/2017 (Permalink)

Document Restoration

It is well known that commercial losses have a great potential for document restoration, however there is still plenty of potential in residential losses. Almost all residential losses have at least one cubic foot of Photos, Tax returns, and Birth certificates.

Our Document Restoration Facility


- Innovative: we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method and irradiation technology for sterilizing

-Secure and managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians, under 24/7 surveillance. The warehouse facility is secure facility. The contents of the documents are never reproduced in any form unless specifically request by the owner

-We are Digital and use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents


- We offer a range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization

Types of content:
-paper documents
- books and magazines
- manuscripts and files
- photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
- x-rays
- blueprints and maps

SERVPRO® treats all document recovery projects with great care to ensure the safety and security of the documents and the information contained within those documents.

Need your valuable documents restored? Call Today -508-676-9100

Emergency Ready Plan (ERP)

4/19/2017 (Permalink)

When fire and water cleanup is needed, getting help is now quicker and easier using the SERVPRO Ready Plan APP. The Ready Plan is an emergency prepareness tool for home and business owners.

Are you Ready for Whatever Happens?

  • Disasters and resulting business interruption can devastate companies. It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster never reopen.
  • Of those that reopened, the majority had some type of response plan in place.

No One Plans on a Disaster, But You Can Plan For It.

  • Disasters and emergencies always strike without warning.
  • Planning ahead speaks trust to your clients and your employees. In the event your business is affected by a disaster, you don’t necessarily have to be.
  • By preparing now, you demonstrate excellence in readiness planning by compiling a comprehensive information resource to use in case of a disaster.

     

Timely response in a crisis can:

  • Minimize business interruption and associated loss revenue.

  • Save thousands of dollars in reduced secondary damage.

This App is at no cost to you!

Call us at SERVPRO of Fall River 508-676-9100

Fire, Soot, and Water Damage

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire is one thing we cannot live without, but it can cause great damages if not properly handled. There are several possible causes of fires.

These reasons range from protein fire whereby you forget food in your microwave, and it ends up burning to a furnace malfunction. Whichever the cause, recovering from a fire loss can be simplified if you get the right service providers.

Damages Related to Fire Damage

The most devastating thing about a fire is that it creates more disaster than just burning. After the firefighters leave the fire scene, you are left with more to deal with including soot damage, smoke damage, water damage from fire, not to forget the need to improve the air quality.

What should a Fire Cleanup Team Do?

Consider getting a SERVPRO of Fall River that has a  well-trained team. A team that will respond promptly to your call for help. Second, they should own powerful and useful equipment that will make the fire cleanup process fast and efficient.

Luckily for you, there are reliable and credible fire cleanup companies in St. George. After putting off the fire, there obviously will be a lot of smoke and soot accumulation. Not to forget the water damage from fire that will have occurred as the firefighters tried to save your property.

Soot damage will not only have befallen on the walls but also on furniture, carpets, and even upholstery. The team you call in should clean up all those and dry them to avoid mold formation. Every corner of the premises should be cleaned up thoroughly leaving it as it was during pre-fire condition.

Cleaning properties such as carpets and sofa sets might require added attention. Small pieces of glasses might have landed on these items. Also, they might have accumulated a lot of soot and smoke smell. In this case, the cleanup company should be ready with right chemicals to help restore your property. Drying is as crucial, this will call for high-powered vacuum cleaners.

Procedure to Follow When Doing a Fire

Fire and smoke damage is especially destructive. In many instances your Fall River property will also suffer from water damage from firefighting efforts. We specialize in fire and water damage restoration; it’s the cornerstone of our business. We have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us restore your home to pre-fire condition.

We understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and more than a little vulnerable. Our technicians will treat your family with empathy and your home with great care. Until help arrives, please refer to our Fire Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Employee Appreciate BBQ

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

On Friday April 7, 2017 at SERVPRO of Fall River we did an employee appreciation BBQ. We are really grateful to have a great team, especially with these rain storms keeping our team super busy. We wanted to take time to thank them for their hard work and enthusiastic attitude during this busy time.You can tell your colleagues, coworkers, and employees how much you value them and their contribution any day of the year. Trust me. No occasion is necessary. In fact, small surprises and tokens of your appreciation spread throughout the year help the people in your work life feel valued by you all year long.


We hope you enjoyed your Lunch!


When you see our SERVPRO of Fall River Van or Trucks!! beep and wave...... and surely that technician is on their way to make it "Like it never even happened."

Washer Machine Hose Water Loss in Swansea, MA

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

New Hoses

Some of the top sources of water damage to the home is from a failed water supply hose. As a homeowner conducting monthly inspection of the hot and cold water line could save you from losses you may suffer. The following are some steps to take to keep a water loss from happening.


-Replace the supply hose with reinforced steel braided hose


-Look for sign the supply hose may be ready to fail like worn tubing, or cracks.


 


-Check connections are tight. Replace them if they feel loose.


 


We recommend that supply hoses should be replaced every 5 years even if there is no obvious deterioration.


 


Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your Fall River property. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.


Please follow our tips outlined in the Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property.


Do You Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Spring Cleaning is here! Have SERVPRO clean your home! We are Green....

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

Spring is here and time to do your annual spring cleaning. 


Residential Cleaning Services include:


Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning


The SERVPRO carpet and upholstery cleaning service will not only get out the dirt you see, but will also remove the unwanted dust you don’t. A professionally cleaned carpet and furniture may make all the difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home.


Air Duct Cleaning


We all have tasks around the house that don’t make it to the top of our priority list. Properly maintaining your home’s air ducts should not be one of them. Regular duct cleaning can increase your home’s heating and cooling efficiency and improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe.


Odor Removal


Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors.


Sewage and Biohazard Clean Up


Our experts are ready to assist in the clean up of sewage and other biohazard materials and provide deep cleaning services for your home. Find out more about our franchise professionals.


SERVPRO Industries, Inc. is a member of the EPA's Design for Environment (DfE) program. DfE evaluates human health and environmental concerns associated with traditional and alternative chemicals and processes. These evaluations and analyses empower hundreds of businesses to select safer chemicals and technologies.

 

The EPA/DfE has established a set of criteria for formulating environmentally friendly cleaning products, and has put together a listing of safe cleaning components that can be used in Green cleaning formulations. As a member company, SERVPRO can access this listing known as CleanGredients and uses it as a resource to formulate environmentally friendly cleaning products that incorporate "green" chemistry.

 

We have formulated three Green Cleaning Products that will allow you to complete almost all of your spring cleaning tasks.

 

Carpet & Upholstery Green Clean #251 is a product designed for cleaning both carpet and upholstery. It is truly a "one product does all" in that it can be used as a spotter, pre-spray, in-line cleaner for both truck mount and portable equipment, and in low-moisture bonnet cleaning. The product is pH neutral, biodegradable, contains no phosphates, solvents, dyes or fragrances.

 

All Surface Green Clean #250 is an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional surface cleaners. It is pH neutral, contains no dyes or fragrances. All components are safe, non-toxic, phosphate free, Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) compliant and rapidly bio-degradable. The product is designed as a one product cleans all for surfaces that can be wiped or mopped. It can safely be used on walls, ceilings, countertops, floors, etc. The exclusive formulation contains both ionic and non-ionic surfactants that are naturally derived and provide excellent multi-functional cleaning.

 

Window Green Clean #249 is an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional glass cleaners. It is pH neutral, contains no dyes or fragrances. All components are safe, non-toxic, phosphate free, VOC-compliant and rapidly biodegradable. The product comes ready to use and is formulated with soft water to eliminate spotting and streaking.

 


Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of Fall River have the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.You know SERVPRO as a leader in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration, but our professional residential cleaning services can also make a dirty carpet "Like it never even happened." Need Cleaning Services?
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Can a carpet be saved after water damage?

4/13/2017 (Permalink)

The major casualties of a flooded home is flooring, particularly carpets. Once it's soaked, both it and the underlying padding will potentially need replacing, which is an added expense that most homeowners would like to avoid. In the case of heavy flooding, whether it's from a natural disaster, broken appliance, burst pipe, or other water emergency, many people think that there's no chance their carpet can ever be saved.


We have provided some helpful information about the three types of water damage that can occur due to flooding and how each affects carpet and rugs. 



Clean Water 
 
If the flood damage in your home is caused by a burst pipe, malfunctioning appliance, or tub or sink that has overflowed, odds are it's a result of what's called clean water. Basically, this type of water is treated and contains no contaminants or waste and is the least risky to clean up. If it is Clean water Here at SERVPRO of Fall River we most likely able to save your area rugs, carpeting, and floor pads. 



Gray Water 
 
Water That doesn't contain any solid animal or human waste, but it has been used. An example of this would be a toilet that's overflown or a broken washing machine that leaks a large amount of water mid-cycle. This water has potential to cause illness, even if there is no threat of disease usually isn't present since there's no solid waste. Better to be safe and avoid the risk. The carpet pad that's been soaked with gray water has to be thrown out for safety reasons, the carpet itself can often be saved. Here at SERVPRO of Fall River we will carefully clean, disinfect and dry.



Black Water 
 
This is the dangerous type of water involved in flood damage. It's unsanitary since it either has potentially carrying disease or solid waste. If your home was flooded due to a sewage back up, storm, or natural disaster. It would be consider to be black water in most cases. Here at Servrpo of Fall River we recommend to be replaced for the sake of keeping your family safe. 



What To Do After Flooding



  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.

  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.

  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.

  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.

  • Gather loose items from floors.


What NOT To Do After Flooding



  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.

  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.

  • Don't use television or other household appliances.

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging..


Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (508) 676-9100



 

January Word Search Winner

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Congratulations to Maria Almeida from NETO Insurance Agency Inc in Fall River, for winning SERVPRO of Fall River Word Search. Maria won a Gift Certificate Book to Restaurants in the Fall River Area.


 
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Residential and Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Services


SERVPRO of Fall River is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. As a locally owned and operated business, we can provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding immediately to commercial or residential needs.



Have Questions? Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

February Word Search Winner

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Congratulations to Zee from Dias Insurance Agency Inc in Fall River, for winning SERVPRO of Fall River Word Search. Zee won a Gift Certificate Book to Restaurants in the Fall River Area.   Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration 24/7 Emergency Service  


Residential and Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Services


SERVPRO of Fall River is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. As a locally owned and operated business, we can provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding immediately to commercial or residential needs.



Have Questions? Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

March Word Search Winner

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Liz Caetano

Congratulations to Liz Caetano from Branco Gardner Insurance Agency Inc in Fall River, for winning SERVPRO of Fall River Word Search. Liz won a Gift Certificate Book to Restaurants in the Fall River Area.call



SERVPRO of Fall River 508-676-9100


 
Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration
24/7 Emergency Service

 

Residential and Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Services


SERVPRO of Fall River is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. As a locally owned and operated business, we can provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding immediately to commercial or residential needs.



Have Questions? Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Our Other Winner in March

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Congratulations to Ana Pacheco  from Partner Insurance Agency Inc in Fall River, for winning SERVPRO of Fall River Word Search. Ana won a Gift Certificate Book to Restaurants in the Fall River Area. Ana was on Vacation and coworker Fatima Received it for her.



call SERVPRO of Fall River 508-676-9100


 
Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration
24/7 Emergency Service
 

Residential and Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Services


SERVPRO of Fall River is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. As a locally owned and operated business, we can provide 24-hour emergency service and are dedicated to responding immediately to commercial or residential needs.



Have Questions? Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100

Mold Damage Tips and Mold Remediation

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold in a Room in Fall River, MA

It only takes a small water leak, or even excess humidity, for mold to form in your Fall River home or business. Then, mold can spread quickly through the property in as little as 48 hours. Mold can produce allergens and irritants, and it has the potential to cause other health effects. If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.


Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.


Mold facts:


Mold is presently almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.



  • Mold spores flourish on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

  • Beforehand mold remediation can begin any sources of water or moisture must be addressed.

  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth.

  • Must Keep indoor humidity below 45 %.


Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by reviewing these mold damage tips.


What you can do until help arrives


In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Fall River has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.


Have a Mold Problem?


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If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:


Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours. Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems. A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting. Finding mold in your home or business can be frightening. While most of us know we should avoid mold exposure, only experts have the specific training and experience to assess mold growth, determine its toxicity, and develop a safe and effective mold removal and remediation plan.


 


What to Do:



  • Stay out of affected areas.

  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.

  • Contact SERVPRO of Fall River for mold remediation services.


What Not to Do:



  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.

  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.

  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.

  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.


If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Fall River has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

Tips on Preventing Water Damage

4/5/2017 (Permalink)

There are many things homeowners you can do to prevent water damage.


By staying on top of leaks and taking the proper safety measures, we can defend ourselves from the stress and money loss caused by water damage to keep us happy and healthy.


Here are some tips to help you prevent water damage.Doing a routine checkup around these places that have leak potential will prevent any long-term damage. It might be a hassle but it'll pay off in the long-run.


Stay on top of leaks


Inspect the following things regularly to ensure you're not missing a leak:


          -Refrigerators
          -Washing machines
          -Dishwashers
          -Toilets
          -Windows
          -Ice makers
          -Roofs/ceilings
          -Walls


Anything connected to a water line. Look for any discolored or brown spots under or around these areas. These are indicators for leakage. Also look for any cracked walls or loose shingles on the roof. These should be fixed quickly and are usually grounds for leaks and water damage to follow.


Clean gutters and downspouts frequently


Glutters are the contraptions on the outside of your home that carry the rainwater from your roof to the ground.


Gutter maintenance make it a point to clean your gutters a couple times a year, especially if you are experiencing heavy rain and snow. Clean any loose debris that may cause blockage and that could prevent the flow of water to the ground.


Inspect water sources regularly


Assuring your water sources are working properly to the prevention of water damage. The following are different water sources, irrigation system, sump pump, hoses to check. If you use an irrigation system for your sprinklers, it would be a good idea to do check up yearly and after a storm. To make sure there are no damages. If you have a sump pump in most case they are located in you basement. It is also a good idea to check them yearly, the purpose of the sump pump is to remove any ground water that build up from a storm or flood.If your sum pump is slow or not working correctly, we suggest you invest in a dehumidifier for your basement. To keep the humidity down.


Keep the correct water pressure


Household water pressure should flow between 50 and 65 psi (pounds per square inch)A static water pressure higher than 70 PSI can damage the fixtures and appliances in a household. If the pressure put on your plumbing pipes is too high, it could result in leaks and even worse, pipe breakage.  Learn about your water devices.


Knowing the location and the details around your water main is important because if it cracks, the water will continue to flow to the surface until it is fixed. Resulting in lots of flooding, and depending on where the pipe breaks, your house could be experiencing the side effects.


Water hoses are also something you should be knowledgeable about. Standing water left in hoses have the potential to turn into ice, leaving you with water blockage. In turn, this could create a pipe to burst if not taken care of. Be sure to disconnect your water hoses when not in use. Especially during the winter time in a cold climate, where there is a greater chance for the water to freeze.


Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your Fall River property. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.


Please follow our tips outlined in the Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property.


Do You Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100


 

We are hiring a Marketing Rep

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Do you love working with people and educating them?


Then, don’t miss your chance to join our Team as a new Marketing Representative. In this position, you will be making a difference each and every day. We have a sincere drive toward the goal of helping make fire and water damage “Like it never even happened.”


We’re seeking someone who is comfortable meeting new people, who has excellent communication skills, and who is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment. Our idea of the ultimate candidate is one who is proactive, is experienced, truly enjoys providing superior service, and loves taking ownership. Are you highly dependable and excited about routinely exceeding expectations? Then, you may be our perfect hero!



Primary Responsibilities


• Meet or exceed assigned sales quota by executing the sales cycle, setting up closing appointments, maintaining assigned contact lists, participating in professional associations, providing lunch-and-learns, and promoting continuing education courses
• Complete Emergency Ready Profiles (ERPs) and discuss benefits of emergency event preparation
• Conduct objective-to-objective daily marketing contacts, build customer relationships and rapport by educating them on the reasons SERVPRO® of Fall River is the best cleaning and restoration company in the world, compile and maintain center of influence information., identify “Target 25” (Top 25 contacts to develop into clients)
• Provide managers with one-on-one meetings (closing appointments) with COIs to encourage SERVPRO® of Fall River referrals
• Increase sales territory revenue by consistently achieving sales territory goals


Position Requirements


• A minimum two years of progressively responsible business-to-business sales experience
• Experience with sales and marketing within the service sector
• Superb sales, customer service, administrative, verbal, and written communication skills
• Strong business and financial background and process-and-results-driven attitude
• Experience in the commercial cleaning and restoration or insurance industry is desired
• Working knowledge of current business software technologies is required
• Bachelor’s degree in marketing or business or equivalent experience
• Ability to successfully complete a background check subject to applicable law


Please forward Resume
Office@SERVPROoffallriver.com


call for application 508-676-9100


Fire Plans and Tips

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Every Year there are thousands of injuries and deaths due to preventable fires.


More than 4,000 people die each year in the U.S. as a result of fires. Tens of thousands more are injured. Thousands more lose pets, keepsakes and suffer trauma that haunts them for the rest of their lives.


It doesn’t have to be that way. In many cases, the deaths and injuries could have been prevented by a working smoke detector, or something as simple as an escape plan.


Make a Fire Escape Plan For Your Home


FIRE ESCAPE PLAN


This section of our Web site is meant to assist you in planning your family’s escape route.  



  • Draw a floor plan of your home.

  • Label each room as a sleeping area, kitchen, living room, etc.

  • Label the location of all doors and windows in each room.

  • Label the location of helpful tools in each room such as rope ladders and traditional ladders.

  • Label all locations of smoke detectors.

  • Mark your family meeting spot, located near a distinct landmark, safely away from your home.

  • Post escape plans on each level of your home, in hallways and in every sleeping area.  A good rule of thumb is to make sure your family’s escape plan is posted with the same frequency as your smoke detectors

  • Make sure overnight guests, caretakers and/or babysitters know where escape plans are posted and review them.

  • Practice your escape plan at least once a month.  Don’t get caught with no way out!


FIRE ESCAPE TIPS



Don’t Get Caught With No Way Out!


In the United States, firefighters are called every sixty seconds to respond to a house fire. Worse, it is reported that an individual is killed in a house fire every three hours. In a fire, every second counts. It is important to react rapidly and accordingly, so that everyone can safely escape the fire. An escape plan can get you and your family out of the home quickly and save lives.


Follow these steps when creating your escape plan: 



  • Practice escaping from EVERY room in the home:  The best escape plans have two ways out of each room and are practiced monthly.



  • Security bars require special precautions:  If you have security bars on doors or windows, ensure they have a “quick-release” latch and that everyone in your family knows how to use them.



  • IMMEDIATELY leave the home:  Designate an individual to call 911 from a neighbor’s home and avoid the temptation to save property.



  • NEVER open doors that are too hot to the touch:  Use the back of your hand to feel the top of the door, the doorknob, and the crack between the door and the door frame. If it’s hot, use your secondary escape route.



  • Get down low:  More people succumb to smoke and toxins in the air before burns. Always remember, “Bad air up, good air down.  Stay low and go.”



  • ONCE OUT, STAY OUT!  Designate a meeting place outside and take attendance. NEVER go back into the home.



  • Install working smoke detectors in the home:  Make sure there are smoke alarms on each story of the home, in each bedroom, and in hallways if you sleep with your bedroom door closed. Replace batteries once a year, and test smoke alarms once a month.


 


SERVPRO of Fall River is locally owned and operated—so we are part of the Fall River community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large-scale disasters.


 


What you can do until help arrives


After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:



  • Is it safe to stay in the house?

  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.

  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!


 


What To Do After A Fire



  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.

  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.

  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.

  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.

  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.

  • Change HVAC filter.

  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.


What NOT To Do After A Fire



  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.

  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.

  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.

  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.


Our Fire Damage Restoration Services


Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage restoration process.



  1. Emergency Contact

  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

  6. Cleaning and Repair

  7. Restoration


Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100


We are Hiring

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

We are seeking cleaning & restoration technician for fire & water restoration we willing to train if needed.

SERVPRO®  of Fall River

Here at SERVPRO of Fall River we are seeking enthusiastic individuals wanting to expand their career opportunities and is comfortable working hard in challenging situations, has excellent communication skills, and is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment. As a cleaning & restoration technician you will be exposed to all areas of the restoration business, including us investing in your formal training and certification. Are you highly dependable and super-excited about routinely exceeding expectations? Then you may be our perfect hero!

As a valued SERVPRO® of Fall River employee, you will receive a competitive pay rate, with opportunity to learn and grow.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Detailed cleaning/Inventory and load the work vehicle with equipment, products, and supplies needed for each project.
  • Maintain a clean and organized vehicle and clean equipment appearance.
  • Perform production processes following SERVPRO® production guidelines per work order per crew chief directions.
  • Ensure clear two-way communication with crew chief and other technicians (especially regarding customer needs and concerns).
  • Perform end-of-day/end-of-job cleanup and breakdown. Leave jobsite with a clean and orderly appearance.
  • Pack-outs, Water extraction, HVAC cleaning
  • Containment setup
  • Demolition and mold remediation
  • Clean and maintain company equipment and vehicles
  • Equipment setup
  • Providing daily updates to supervisor
  • Participate in our 24 hour on-call rotation, responding to emergency losses after hours

Position Requirements

  • Effective written and oral communications
  • Basic math skills
  • Experience in cleaning/restoration or IICRC certifications preferred ( we will invest in training you)
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50lbs regularly, occasionally up to 100lbs with assistance
  • Ability to climb ladders, work at ceiling heights & in tight spaces (e.g. crawls spaces, attics)
  • Ability to sit/stand/walk for prolonged periods of time
  • Ability to wear and maintain full PPE while exposed to fumes, airborne particles, or toxic or caustic chemicals
  • Ability to repetitively push/pull/lift/carry objects
  • Valid driver’s license

Must be willing to work hard and fast when asked and perform multiple tasks as needed. Serious candidates should reply to this posting with your job history or resume. Make sure to include a phone number so that we can contact you. If we are interested in you, we will call you immediately for a phone interview.

 

Job Type: Full Time and Part time available

Salary: is Depending on Experience.

Come in Apply : SERVPRO®  of Fall River 994 Jefferson Street Bldg D Fall River, MA 02721

Email: office@SERVPROoffallriver.com

The Truth about Mold Removal & Remediation

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

MOLD  
 
The Truth About Mold Removal And Mold Remediation
 

When vacuuming and using air scrubbers for mold remediation, the filters used should be HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air). Only HEPA filters are designed to capture particles as small as mold spores. Regular filters will not work.

 

 

 

Any mold professional should be able to explain Mold Remediation in plain English. If a contractor is unable to explain the basic processes and steps of mold remediation and mold removal in layman’s terms, be very wary! If someone tries to complicate and confuse you about the process and scare you into hiring them, walk away and say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” There are good honest mold removal and mold remediation companies SERVPRO of Fall River out there as long as you are careful, educate yourself about mold remediation, and get multiple estimates.

 

Proper safety gear should be worn when dealing with mold. A high quality, high filtration face mask is a must, as are vinyl or neoprene gloves. A full protective suit is recommended when using harsh chemicals and for larger mold remediation projects.

 

Mold professionals seal off the work area, usually using plastic sheeting, so that mold spores do not become dispersed throughout the home.

 

The spread of mold contamination should be controlled as close as possible to its source.

 

Mold professionals use “negative air” containment, which is created by positioning blower fans and using air pressure machines to bring clean air into the contaminated space and push contaminated air outside the home.

 

Mold professionals usually discard moldy porous building materials such as drywall, insulation and baseboards. These materials are relatively inexpensive to replace and difficult to impossible to restore to their previous uncontaminated condition.

 

Most mold professionals use some sort of antimicrobial plant base chemical to actually clean and kill the mold stains.

 

Mold professionals often use a sealer or encapsulant to make the treated areas more resistant to water damage and mold, and also to help with odor control.

 

Sometimes it is necessary to have your HVAC air ducts professionally cleaned since air ducts can collect dust and mold spores.

Happy President's Day

2/20/2017 (Permalink)

 Happy President's Day!


Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.


PRESIDENTS’ DAY: ORIGIN AS WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY



The story of Presidents’ Day date begins in 1800. Following President George Washington’s death in 1799, his February 22 birthday became a perennial day of remembrance. At the time, Washington was venerated as the most important figure in American history, and events like the 1832 centennial of his birth and the start of construction of the Washington Monument in 1848 were cause for national celebration.



While Washington’s Birthday was an unofficial observance for most of the 1800s, it was not until the late 1870s that it became a federal holiday. Senator Steven Wallace Dorsey of Arkansas was the first to propose the measure, and in 1879 President Rutherford B. Hayes signed it into law. The holiday initially only applied to the District of Columbia, but in 1885 it was expanded to the whole country. At the time, Washington’s Birthday joined four other nationally recognized federal bank holidays—Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Independence Day and Thanksgiving—and was the first to celebrate the life of an individual American. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, signed into law in 1983, would be the second.



PRESIDENTS’ DAY: THE UNIFORM MONDAY HOLIDAY ACT



The shift from Washington’s Birthday to Presidents’ Day began in the late 1960s when Congress proposed a measure known as the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Championed by Senator Robert McClory of Illinois, this law sought to shift the celebration of several federal holidays from specific dates to a series of predetermined Mondays. The proposed change was seen by many as a novel way to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers, and it was believed that ensuring holidays always fell on the same weekday would reduce employee absenteeism. While some argued that shifting holidays from their original dates would cheapen their meaning, the bill also had widespread support from both the private sector and labor unions and was seen as a surefire way to bolster retail sales.


The Uniform Monday Holiday Act also included a provision to combine the celebration of Washington’s Birthday with Abraham Lincoln’s, which fell on the proximate date of February 12. Lincoln’s Birthday had long been a state holiday in places like Illinois, and many supported joining the two days as a way of giving equal recognition to two of America’s most famous statesmen.


McClory was among the measure’s major proponents, and he even floated the idea of renaming the holiday “President’s Day.” This proved to be a point of contention for lawmakers from George Washington’s home state of Virginia, and the proposal was eventually dropped. Nevertheless, the main piece of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed in 1968 and officially took effect in 1971 following an executive order from President Richard Nixon. Washington’s Birthday was then shifted from the fixed date of February 22 to the third Monday of February. Columbus Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day were also moved from their traditionally designated dates. (As a result of widespread criticism, in 1980 Veterans’ Day was returned to its original November 11 date.)



PRESIDENTS’ DAY: TRANSFORMATION



While Nixon’s order plainly called the newly placed holiday Washington’s Birthday, it was not long before the shift to Presidents’ Day began. The move away from February 22 led many to believe that the new date was intended to honor both Washington and Abraham Lincoln, as it now fell between their two birthdays. Marketers soon jumped at the opportunity to play up the three-day weekend with sales, and “Presidents’ Day” bargains were advertised at stores around the country.


By the mid-1980s Washington’s Birthday was known to many Americans as Presidents’ Day. This shift had solidified in the early 2000s, by which time as many as half the 50 states had changed the holiday’s name to Presidents’ Day on their calendars. Some states have even chosen to customize the holiday by adding new figures to the celebration. Arkansas, for instance, celebrates Washington as well as civil rights activist Daisy Gatson Bates. Alabama, meanwhile, uses Presidents’ Day to commemorate Washington and Thomas Jefferson (who was born in April).


Washington and Lincoln still remain the two most recognized leaders, but Presidents’ Day is now popularly seen as a day to recognize the lives and achievements of all of America’s chief executives. Some lawmakers have objected to this view, arguing that grouping George Washington and Abraham Lincoln together with less successful presidents minimizes their legacies. Congressional measures to restore Washington and Lincoln’s individual birthdays were proposed during the early 2000s, but all failed to gain much attention. For its part, the federal government has held fast to the original incarnation of the holiday as a celebration of the country’s first president. The third Monday in February is still listed on official calendars as Washington’s Birthday.



PRESIDENTS’ DAY: CELEBRATIONS AND TRADITIONS
Like Independence Day, Presidents’ Day is traditionally viewed as a time of patriotic celebration and remembrance. In its original incarnation as Washington’s Birthday, the holiday gained special meaning during the difficulties of the Great Depression, when portraits of George Washington often graced the front pages of newspapers and magazines every February 22. In 1932 the date was used to reinstate the Purple Heart, a military decoration originally created by George Washington to honor soldiers killed or wounded while serving in the armed forces. Patriotic groups and the Boy Scouts of America also held celebrations on the day, and in 1938 some 5,000 people attended mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City in honor of Washington.In its modern form, Presidents’ Day is used by many patriotic and historical groups as a date for staging celebrations, reenactments and other events. A number of states also require that their public schools spend the days leading up to Presidents’ Day teaching students about the accomplishments of the presidents, often with a focus on the lives of Washington and Lincoln.

Filing an Homeowner Claim

2/15/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fall River will work with you/home owner and the insurance company. Keep in mind no policy is the same, please read your policy for specific coverage's, terms, and conditions. We are able to assist you in the process of the claim and regularly bill the insurance company directly.


The Insurance company will assign an Adjuster/Claim Adjuster to handle your claim.The adjuster will investigate the claim and damages, They will asses the value of your losses and determine what is covered under your insurance policy.


The way they determine the actual cash value of your Contents/Property is Purchase Price Vs Depreciating by Age. Keep in mind  you will have a insurance deductible, in an insurance policy that stipulates the owner’s initial amount of financial liability for the claim or loss.


For property damage covered by insurance


call SERVPRO of Fall River 508-676-9100


 


 

Valentine's Day Contest

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

We are giving away a Visa Gift Card!!!

You have until Midnight(EST) to Participate 2/14/17.
Good Luck!!

Step by Step Instructions:

1. LIKE THIS POST
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3.COMMENT ON THIS POST
4. THE LAST BUT NOT LEAST POST A STORY ON OUR PAGE AS FOLLOWS
(Tell the Most Romantic Love Story – Facebook Comments Contest)

Do you remember the day you first met? What was your first holiday together like? How did you propose to your partner? What’s the most original compliment you’ve ever been paid? What’s the secret to keeping the love alive?

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to encourage fans to relive their most romantic memories. We are encouraging our followers to share their most special moments through comments on your Facebook Page.

By allowing our followers to vote on the most romantic love story, the most original pickup line, the sweetest declaration of love, the best advice for keeping love alive, and You will have a chance to win a Visa Gift Card

Our Follows PLEASE VOTE ON THE BEST STORY!!!

To pick the winner, tie in a sweepstakes giveaway among all the posts

Hosted by Carol Villacres 774-955-3483

What are Ice Dams and what causes them?

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

What Causes Ice Dams


As heat rises from a home, it melts the accumulated snow on the roof. That melted snow travels down the roof in liquid form until it reaches the eave line and gutter, where it refreezes due to colder temps. This ice ridge continues to expand, blocking the flow of subsequent snow melt.


As water continues to melt higher up the roof, it collects behind the ice dam in the form of a puddle. Because that water sits over the warmer portion of the roof, it doesn’t freeze.


In order for ice dams to form, there needs to be roof snow buildup, home heat loss, and subfreezing temperatures. The more snow, the larger the heat loss, and the longer the subfreezing temperatures remain, the higher the likelihood that ice dams will materialize.


How to Prevent Ice Dams


Homeowners can’t control the weather, but they can do something about heat loss. Proper insulation and ventilation of the attic space is intended to keep the roof surface at or near outdoor temperatures.


Typical steps include insulating the attic floor and installing soffit, gable and/or ridge vents to expel heat. Folding attic stairways and recessed light fixtures also need to be insulated. All penetrations into the attic from the heated living space need to be addressed. 


 To facilitate sufficient cold air flow from soffit vent to ridge vent, baffles or tubes are installed between the ceiling insulation and the underside of the roof. This might involve opening up the ceiling.


Tip: You’ll save money with insulation. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, adding insulation to an unheated attic will have a greater impact on energy consumption than placing it anywhere else in the house. A properly insulated and ventilated attic not only reduces winter heating bills, it will trim summer cooling bills by expelling heat buildup. Proper attic insulation can save you 10% to 50% on your heating and cooling bills.


Deicing Alternatives


In theory, roof rakes, brooms, and other long-handled devices can be used to remove snow before it has a chance to melt. In practice, however, the scheme is difficult to pull off, considering that most homeowners can’t reach all areas of the roof.


Electrically-heated deicing cables, which install along eave lines to inhibit water freeze, are only moderately effective,  They also can shorten the life of roof shingles.


How to Remove Ice Dams


Homeowners suffering the effects of an ice dam — or those who fear a leak is imminent — can hire a roofing company to remove the ice buildup. Rather than employ hammers, chisels, and salt, which can damage the roof and gutters, technicians will steam away the ice and remove any remaining snow. 


 


Water Damage Repair and Restoration


Our highly trained technicians are ready to respond immediately to flood or water damage at your Fall River property. We have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment to find the water and remove it as quickly as possible. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process to ensure your property is back to normal.


Please follow our tips outlined in the Water Damage Tips—Until Help Arrives Guide to protect yourself and your property.


Do You Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (508) 676-9100


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


SERVPRO of Fall River is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a flooding or water emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Fall River community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.


 


We proudly serve Fall River, MA, Somerset, MA, and surrounding areas.


 


Why Choose SERVPRO of Fall River?


 


We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster


Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water damage. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, we are strategically positioned to be faster to any size water emergency, so Fall River residents can expect an immediate response, day or night.


Learn More


 


We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists


We specialize in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage restoration training, and our process emphasizes regular monitoring and documentation of the drying process from beginning to end.


Learn More


 


We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques


Properly restoring your home after a water damage event requires specialized equipment and products. This advanced equipment help us to remove the water, even hidden moisture, quickly and efficiently. We then dry the structure with powerful dehumidifiers. Finally, our technicians will clean the affected area with professional grade cleaning and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.


Our Water Damage Restoration Process


Since every flood and water damage scenario is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. However, the overall water restoration process remains the same. The steps below detail our restoration process for the typical water-damaged property.


 


 

What To Do Before and During an Ice Storms

1/12/2017 (Permalink)

Preparing for an ice storm

The ice from ice storms can accumulate on branches, electrical wires, and other structures.  If you need to go outside after ice has accumulated, pay attention to branches or wires that can collapse under the ice that has been accumulated.  Stay on guard because large chunks of ice can fall from roofs.

Never touch electrical wires.  A hanging wire can still be live with current and can electrocute you.  Keep in mind that ice, branches, and electrical wires can continue to fall several hours after the precipitation ends.

Remember that freezing rain, even in small quantities, can make roads very slippery.  It is a good idea to avoid driving during freezing rain and for several hours after the storm, in order to allow maintenance teams time to spread sand and salt on the icy roads.

The quick onset of an ice storm, coupled with the risk of a blizzard increased the possibility of extreme hypothermia.  If you have a farm, quickly shelter your animals and make sure to supply them with food.  Often, during an ice storm and immediately after, feed is temporarily inaccessible.  Animals’ reactions are similar during an ice storm and blizzards.

With a forecast threatening more freezing rain, and with two months of winter left to go, it's a good idea to prepare both your home and family for whatever may arise.

 

The following winter storm home-preparation suggestions may be helpful:

 

  • Make sure flashlights and battery-powered radios are working, and keep extra batteries, candles and matches on hand.
  • Unplug sensitive appliances such as the TV, VCR, computer and microwave. If the power goes off, turn off all major electrical appliances.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. If you lose power, frozen food will generally keep for 48 hours. Discard perishable food that has been at 40 degrees for more than two hours. Odor or appearance is not an indicator that food is safe. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • If you use an emergency-heating source such as a wood stove, kerosene heater or fireplace, keep fuels away from the flames and ventilate properly. Never leave a fire unattended.
  • If it seems likely that your home will be without heat for several days, drain your water pipes.

 

If you use a generator, read all the instructions that accompany it and be aware of the hazards that come with misuse. Use a qualified electrician to connect a generator to the house wiring. Never run a gasoline-powered generator in the house-the fumes are deadly.

 

Since there is no way to prevent nature's winter storms, being prepared in your best defense:

 

  • Create a family disaster plan and practice it regularly.
  • Learn and teach others in your family how to turn off electricity, gas and water.
  • Store extra blankets and warm clothes where you can find them easily. Layer winter clothing to trap body heat.
  • Keep emergency telephone numbers with you.
  • Have a first aid kit on hand.
  • Stock up on drinking water and canned or dried foods. Be sure to include a non-electric can opener with your supplies.
  • Have at least a week's supply of prescription medications on hand.
  • Fill your car with gasoline.
  • Have cash available.

Even when the winter storm is over, keep a disaster supply kit assembled and replace food, water and other time-sensitive items twice a year. Remember to replenish your kits when the clocks are reset in spring and fall.

 

Welcoming Our Newest Addition Carol Villacres

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

Carol Villacres

Carol Villacres is our Executive Operation Manager. She is our newest addition. She has over 4 years of SERVPRO industry experience and we are excited to have her part of our team.


Carol is member of BBA, BNI, and Rotary International. Carol has a son that plays football and track.


She is a social butterfly that enjoys the beach and enjoys time with her friends and family. 


She is effective at motivating her crew and co-workers to complete the tasks that need to be completed.  When disaster strikes she is able, to stay calm, which helps to get the work accomplished. Many of our SERVPRO customers have called with positive feed back regarding Carol. She has earned the respect of this office and the community. 


If you see her, please welcome her!!! 

Tips On Preventing Pipe Bursting

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

Pipe bursting

The damages, expenses and the messes that can be caused from a water line that freezes and bursts are nothing that anyone wants to experience, and plumbing companies start dealing with the implications of cold weather as soon as the temperatures begin to drop. Many customers ask us, "Why did this happen?!"

The basic answer is that the water coming in to the house from outside is much colder than it was during the summer months. This colder water causes your pipes to contract and this contraction often causes leaks from areas of the pipe that had weakened over time.

There are no practical ways of heating up the temperature of the ground around your home, so stopping the contraction caused by the cold water is not something you can control. Our advice is to be mindful of your plumbing system as the temperatures change and check to see if you have any leaks.

While we can't stop the leaks caused by temperature drops, there are things you can do to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. Here are some helpful hints. As always, feel free to contact us here at at


1. If it is extremely cold outside,keep one or two faucets running slowly at all times. Water moving through the system should prevent the line from freezing.

2. Often times, the pipes that freeze are located near an outside wall or a window, so be sure to direct warm air to any colder areas of your home. (Start in your basement and look for any pipes near the exterior of the home.)

3. If your kitchen sink is on an outside wall (it usually is), be sure to leave cabinet doors open to allow warm air into the cabinet. Your kitchen faucet is usually a good faucet to leave on during extremely cold weather.

4. Be sure to disconnect your hose from the outside faucet. If you leave your hose connected, water is not able to drain out of your hose bib and will likely freeze and break the device.

5. There is a product called heat tape that can be installed and will warm pipes as needed during cold weather. While you could do this yourself, you may want to consult with your plumber to learn some best practices.

6. Seal leaks that allow cold air into your home where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes. Use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.

7.Prevent temperatures from dropping below 39 degrees in any areas of your home where water lines are located.

8. If you still have concerns about your system, call a licensed plumber and ask them to come to your home and advise you about how to prevent pipes from freezing.

 

SERVPRO® of Fall River  508-676-9100 

 

Preparing your home and car for the blast of winter cold

1/4/2017 (Permalink)

If you live in the Northeast, you know the drill. Four to five months of heavy clothes, seeing your breath and generally freezing outside. Sometimes even elsewhere, Old Man Winter stops in for an unexpected visit. But beyond the inconvenience and discomfort, a winter storm or other severe weather conditions can cause real damage. So it's important to think about winter preparedness.

Protecting your home is vital. A frozen water pipe can burst and flood your house or basement. An ice dam in your gutter can cause water to seep into and saturate an interior wall. And then there’s your car. Making sure it’s prepped to face winter’s worst is just as critical. After all, what would happen if a blizzard stranded you in your car?

 

Prepare yourself

Some winter weather tips to help you get through a severe stretch of cold:

  • Stay indoors during the storm.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy walkways.
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. It’s a serious workout, and going at it too hard can bring on a heart attack − a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
  • Stay dry. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits the cold rapidly.

 

Prepare your home

Some tips to brace your home for a winter storm:

  • Clean out the gutters, disconnect and drain all outside hoses. If possible, shut off outside water valves.
  • Insulate walls and attics, and caulk and weather-strip doors and windows.
  • Repair roof leaks and remove tree branches that could get weighed down with ice or snow and fall on your house – or your neighbor's. (Avoid liability for the latter.)
  • Wrap water pipes in your basement or crawl spaces with insulation sleeves to slow heat transfer.
  • Consider an insulated blanket for your hot water heater.
  • If you have a fireplace, keep the flue closed when you're not using it.
  • Have a contractor check your roof to see if it would sustain the weight of a heavy snowfall.
  • Make sure your furniture isn't blocking your home’s heating vents.
  • During cold spells, keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, particularly those in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets connected to pipes that run through unheated or unprotected spaces.
  • If your house will be unattended during cold periods, consider draining the water system.
  • Avoid ice dams – where water from melted snow refreezes in the gutters and seeps in under the roof, soaking interior walls. Here’s how:
    • Ventilate your attic.
    • Insulate the attic floor well to minimize the amount of heat rising through the attic from within the house.
    • Consider having a water-repellent membrane installed under your roof covering.

Prepare your car

Prepare your car for treacherous conditions and extremely cold temperatures – and know what to do if you find yourself stranded in a vehicle. When the temperatures start to drop:

  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive, travel during the day.
  • Don’t travel alone. Keep others informed of your schedule.
  • Stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
  • Top off antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, gas, oil and other fluids.
  • Make sure your tires have enough tread. Consider snow tires.
  • Keep bagged salt or sand in the trunk for extra traction and to melt ice.
  • Clear snow from the top of the car, headlights and windows.
  • Save the numbers for your auto club, insurance agent and towing service into your cell phone.
  • Keep a cold-weather kit in your trunk. It should include a blanket or sleeping bag, gloves, hard candy, bottled water, folding shovel, first aid kit, flashlight and cell phone charger.

 

Spring Clean Like the Professionals

4/20/2016 (Permalink)

10 Ways to Spring Clean Like the Professionals

1.) Work Down– Start at the top of your home and work your way down

2.) Shed– Get rid of anything  you haven’t used in the past year

3.) Curtain Call– Wash or dry clean curtains at least once a year to prevent rot

4.) Deep Clean– Carpets should be professionally cleaned at least twice per year

5.) Thwart Moths– Clean inside of drawers and closets with cedar wood oil

6.) Brighten Up– Remove shades and globes from lamps and light fixtures and wash w/ mild dish soap.
7.) Turn Over– Flip your mattresses every 3 months and switch head & foot to    preserve shape and vacuum mattresses on a light setting.

8.) Freshen the Beds– Launder all bedding and pillows

9.) Cheer Upholstery– Loose upholstery covers should be washed or dry cleaned and put back on while still damp to re-shape them.

10.) Share the Load– Enlist family members help for spring cleaning or hire a   cleaning service.

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