Recent Storm Damage Posts

Be Storm Ready, Like We Are - Fall River 02720

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

Storm season is approaching, is your home prepared? Read up on some tips we at SERVPRO of Fall River recommend to make sure you are storm ready:

  • Before storm season, be sure to check the seals around all windows and doors, even the ones in your attic, basement, and garage. Checking your seals is a smart thing to do every season change.
  • One of the most imperative steps to stormproof your home is securing and sealing your roof. Inspecting your roof to make sure all the tiles or shingles are secure. Look for any cracks or missing pieces. Then replace any missing shingles or tiles and seal any cracks you find. 
  • If your home has cables or furnaces that are attached to the exterior make sure the areas of connection are securely sealed. You can easily seal the holes with caulk. 
  • If a storm is coming removing items like patio furniture, potted plants, and even trampolines can be swept up by strong winds and damage your siding or windows.
  • Before storm season hits, take time to analyze your home insurance policy to ensure coverage. You’ll want to be sure the policy covers the full cost of rebuilding your home if it is lost in a storm. 

We can’t stop disasters from happening, but we can certainly be prepared. Take steps today to plan for how you will weather a storm. And remember, SERVPRO of Fall River is always Here to Help.



Take Cover(age) - Swansea 02777

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

Ever had the winds of storm batter against your house, it made you think the roof was going to come down? You may have even considered hiding in the bathtub because you were sure the house was going to be knocked over. 

In those moments you don’t want to wonder if you have enough coverage in the event that damage does occur to your home. In those moments, the only thing on your mind should be the safety of you and your loved ones. 

At SERVPRO of Fall River, we’re quite familiar with the damages storms can cause to a structure. Fallen trees, downed wires, water damage, and even fire damage can all come with storm surges, and with it, a hefty price tag for repairs. This is why we always recommend checking your coverage to make sure you’re properly insured for the south coast storms. And always remember, no matter what kind of damage happens, SERVPRO of Fall River is here to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

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

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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.” 

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. 

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. 

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)

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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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

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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.


 


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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


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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?
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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.