Preventing Frozen Pipes
Even though it's February 1st, don't think your pipes can't freeze!
Being prepared and informed about the dangers of frozen pipes may help you prevent a loss. SERVPRO of the Attleboros can provide you with information and suggestions about how to prevent your homes pipes from freezing:
- Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer's or installer's directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
- Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
- Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
- Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a "pipe sleeve" or installing UL-listed "heat tape," "heat cable," or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
During Cold Weather, Take Preventative Action
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
- When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
If you experience any issues, please do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of the Attleboros @ 508-223-0505 or visit our website.
Tips excerpted from The American Red Cross. For more information, please visit: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/winter-storm/frozen-pipes.
Biohazard Safety Precautions
At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we make it our top priority to inform all of our customer’s about the dangers concerning biohazardous waste. Not sure what constitutes as biohazardous waste? According to Iowa State University of Science and Technology, “Biohazardous waste is define as: All biologically contaminated waste that could potentially cause harm to humans, domestic or wild animals or plants. Examples include human and animal blood, tissues, and certain body fluids, recombinant DNA, and human, animal or plant pathogens.” Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean and safe, homes and offices.
After any contamination to your home or business, it is necessary to ask yourself a few questions:
- Is it safe to stay in the house?
- How long have you been exposed to the contaminant?
- Is it a flood? Did you know that floods can contain sewage and pesticides, among many other things?
- What activities are safe for you to perform?
Although these are just a few of the many questions you should be asking yourself when a biohazardous situation occurs, SERVPRO of the Attleboros have the professionals capable of transforming any dangerous situation into a safe and conducive living environment.
If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call @ (508)-223-0505 or visit our website.
SERVPRO of The Attleboros can help provide a solution to your property's mold damage needs.
Should mold be found within the facility, mold removal and remediation can help eliminate a potentially dangerous situation.
SERVPRO of The Attleboros will arrive on-site alert for any visible signs of mold. Following industry standards for mold remediation, we will work to remove visible mold and reduce the potential for future growth.
Specific tasks to include:
- Work planning with industrial hygienist to develop cost-effective removal protocol.
- Containment - to eliminate the potential for cross-contamination.
- Air Flow Management - to eliminate the potential for cross-contamination and to provide data that will support the effectiveness of containment (through continuous pressure-differential monitoring).
- Selective Demolition - to remove impacted building materials.
- Detailed Cleaning - to remove contamination through HEPA vacuuming, scrubbing, and appropriate cleaning.
- Ice or Soda Blasting - to provide thorough and economical cleaning of building materials when there are large areas impacted.
- HVAC Cleaning - to remove contamination from these systems.
If you have any questions or would like to speak to a SERVPRO of the Attleboros representative, please call us at (508) 223-0505 or visit our website.
24-Hour Emergency Service
We Answer the Phone Ready to Help – Call Today at (508) 223-0505!
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 The Attleboros 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.
Some questions that one of our representatives will ask you, include:
- 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 The Attleboros
SERVPRO of The Attleboros 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.
Mold Safety Tips
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans
- Contact SERVPRO of The Attleboros 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.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of The Attleboros specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today - (508) 223-0505!
Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week
October 8th-14th is Fire Prevention week and when it comes to fires, SERVPRO of The Attleboros wants you to be safe and prepared. Here are some tips on fire safety provided by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) so that you can be SERVPRO READY:
Test Your Smoke Alarms – According to NFPA 60% of reported home fire deaths from 2007 to 2011 were homes that had either zero smoke alarms or homes that had smoke alarms, but they were defective. Usually, smoke alarms fail to operate if the batteries are dead or if they are connected incorrectly. Checking to make sure your smoke alarm(s) work could save you and your family’s life.
Plan an Escape Route - Only about one-third of Americans have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Having an escape plan during a fire is essential. If the fire blocks the main escape route, be sure to have a secondary route in place.
Cooking - Two out of every five home fires start in the kitchen. Unattended cooking is the main factor in these situations and they can be extremely dangerous. Make sure your stove is supervised at all times!
Electrical Fires - These types of fires are caused by various electrical equipment such as washers, dryers, fans, portable or stationary space heaters, air conditioning equipment, and water heaters. These types of equipment should be monitored frequently to optimal safety. ALWAYS remember to turn off electrical equipment such as space heaters when leaving your home.
Candles- Burning scented candles during fall may bring the spirit of the season to your home, but they can also be dangerous if left unattended. On average, there are 32 home candle fires reported per day. Blow out your candles before going to bed and do not leave them in areas where they can easily spread.
SERVPRO of The Attleboros wants to ensure that you take fire safety precautions during this week as well as throughout the rest of the year. If your home faces damage due to a fire, call SERVPRO of The Attleboros at (508) 223-0505. We will clean up any fire damage in your home and make it, "Like it never even happened."
Commercial Water Cleanup in North Attleboro
Commercial Building Water Damage & Restoration Services
We are available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running after a disaster. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation!
- Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
- Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
- Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
- Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.
Hours 1 - 24:
- Drywall begins to swell and break down.
- Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
- Furniture begins to swell and crack.
- Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
- A musty odor appears.
48 Hours to 1 Week:
- Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
- Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
- Metal begins to rust and corrode.
- Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
- Paint begins to blister.
- Wood flooring swells and warps.
Call SERVPRO of The Attleboros @ 508-223-0505 or visit our Facebook page.
Water Damage Do's & Don'ts - Attleboro
No one wants to come home to a flooded basement or to wake up to the sound of a broken pipe spraying water on valuable furniture and household possessions. However, the possibility of water damage occurring in your Attleboro home is very real. Whether it is a pipe burst or a weather-related issue, it is important to arm yourself with some basic knowledge to deal with this type of emergency before it happens.
Here are a few tips to help in the event of water damage in your Massachusetts home:
- First, ascertain whether it safe to stay in the house.
- Make sure there are no active electrical devices or outlets immersed in or near the water.
- Note that wet floors are slippery and “slip and fall” hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
- Keep in mind that wet materials can be VERY heavy.
- Have your plumber’s phone number ready and available.
- Contact your SERVPRO Professional at (508) 223-0505 for complete restoration.
While waiting for your SERVPRO Professional to reach your location, here is what you CAN do:
- Shut off the water
- 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 condition on for maximum drying in the Summer.
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Remove art objects and other prized possessions 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.
SERVPRO Recognizes National Preparedness
Local disaster restoration specialist offers no-cost tools to help property owners prepare a comprehensive emergency readiness plan
Attleboro, MA (Grassroots Newswire) August 23, 2017 - September is National Preparedness Month (http://www.ready.gov/September), an annual event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to raise awareness about the importance of preparing—in advance—for the unexpected. In support of this initiative, Donald McKendall, owner of SERVPRO® of The Attleboros, encourages Attleboro property owners to take the following two steps now to protect their family, home, and business in the aftermath of a disaster.
- Review and update your emergency preparedness plan, including business and life continuity plans. If you don’t yet have a plan, use the tools provided by FEMA to get started. (https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan)
- Collect and store time-critical information, like the location of shutoff valves, fire suppression system controls, and emergency contact numbers electronically, where it is immediately available to assist first responders.
“Evacuation plans and emergency supply kits help you survive a disaster, but a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan helps you recover from a disaster,” said McKendall. “The most effective response to any emergency is a fast response. That’s why having critical system and contact information at your fingertips is so important. A quick and effective response helps minimize repairs and downtime, helping both businesses and families get back on track in less time, with less stress.”
SERVPRO offers tools for both commercial and residential property owners to help them minimize damage and recover quickly from emergencies. The SERVPRO READY app stores essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp. Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of The Attleboros as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) and storing that profile in the READY app.
“Rapid response from a disaster cleanup and restoration specialist can help the property owner evaluate options, start the insurance process, and take the right steps from the beginning to bring their property back to normal,” said McKendall. “Even in the confusion and panic that often surround a disaster, a property owner or manager using the SERVPRO READY app can reach out for expert help right from the scene, using a cell phone.”
SERVPRO® of The Attleboros specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO® of The Attleboros, please contact Donald McKendall at (508) 223-0505 or don@SERVPROmckendall.com. For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.
Commercial Carpet Cleaning
Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.
We also offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:
- Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
- Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
- Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
- Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
- Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.
Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.
IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.
Preventative maintenance actions include:
- Regular vacuuming
- Spot removal
- Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
- Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet
Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.
We will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today.