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Fire Damage Tips - Dighton, MA

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

What you can do until help arrives

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

  • 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 a 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 your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to the 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 the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

If you suffer from fire, smoke or soot damage we can help clean up the disaster and clean with care.

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Fire Damage Restoration - Attleboro, MA

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

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The Basics of a Thunderstorm

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

A severe thunderstorm is a storm that produces a tornado, reaching winds of at least 58 mph, and or hail at least 3/4 inches in diameter. Structural wind damage may imply the occurrence of a severe thunderstorm. When a thunderstorm's wind gust(s) is equal to or greater than 40 mph, it is defined as approaching "severe."

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

This is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. The size of the watch can vary depending on the weather situation. They are usually issued for a duration of four to eight hours. They are typically issued well in advance of the actual occurrence of severe weather. During the watch, people should review safety rules and be prepared to move into a place of safety is threatening weather approaches.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning 

This is issued when either a severe thunderstorm is indicated by the WSR 88D radar or a spotter reports a thunderstorm producing hail 3/4 inch or larger in diameter and or winds equal or exceed 59 miles an hour; therefore, people int he affected area should seek safe shelter immediately. Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes with little or no advance warning. Lightning frequency is not a criterion for issuing a severe thunderstorm warning. They are usually issued for a duration of one hour. They can even be issued without a Severe Thunderstorm Watch being already in effect. 

If your home suffers any damage from a thunderstorm, please give us a call at (508) 223-0505.

Common Mold Issues

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Any home or commercial business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.  

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO Professionals can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

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Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold 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 on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • 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.

Common Mold Misconceptions

With sensational news stories and misleading advertising, you can easily understand why so many people are misinformed about indoor mold. Learn the facts about mold and the mold remediation process.

Water Damage Tips for Your Seekonk Property!

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

With all the rain and snow, it’s very important to notice the signs of water damage and know what precautions to take to prevent it. Properties today are well built and insulated, however, they also have the unfortunate ability to trap excess moisture and condensation inside. Here are some tips for identifying problems before there is damage: 

 Signs to Recognize

  • Rust stains on the ceiling that appear around light fixtures.
  • Mildew along ceilings, walls and baseboard edges.
  • Condensation buildup along Windows and cold surfaces.
  • Musty odors.
  • Growth of mold and mildew in areas around your home.

Preventive Precautions

Keep proper circulation and ventilation throughout your home to avoid the buildup of condensation. Maintaining fixtures such as faucets and toilets is a great way to prevent leakage and dripping. To control humidity in your home, invest in a portable dehumidifier and keep it in areas such as the basement where it may be very damp. Storm windows are a great investment, as well, to keep condensation from building up on windows.

Other Signs

Listen up for any hissing sounds because this could possibly mean a leak in the water line. Check periodically around the water heater, under sinks, and behind clothes washers for signs of leaking. These places are usually hard-to-reach and are often forgotten about. The filter and ice maker lines to your refrigerator should also be monitored.

Discolored floor coverings usually indicate a sign of a leak. Loose or damaged plumbing fixtures are usually the causes of water stains and wetness. The wax ring at the base of the toilet may deteriorate because of moisture, but this can be easily replaced.  

If you find any of these signs in your home, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of The Attleboros. We will eliminate any water damage within your home and make it look, "Like it never even happened.”

Slip, Trip, & Fall

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Slips, trips, and falls are a common cause of accidents and injuries. Most slip or fall accidents can be prevented by following some simple preventative measures. Inspect a fire-damaged building for potential slippery surfaces and tripping obstacles; then apply safety measures to prevent an accident.

People sometimes do not think about the potential hazard of walking on slippery surfaces. Wet floors are slippery. A dry floor may pose a hazard if a surface nearby is wet (for example, someone walking across a wet carpet, gets their shoes wet, and then walks onto a hard surface floor and slips). Use signs to warn people when floors are wet and slippery. Many people do not realize that soot residues deposited on tile flooring is also a potential slippery surface. 

Structures that have been damaged by fire can present various kinds of trip and fall hazards. Keep floors, walkways, and aisles clean, dry and free from protruding nails, splinters, loose boards, holes, or projections. Cover holes in the floor or mount a temporary guardrail, so people do not accidentally trip or fall. 

Spring Tips - Mold!

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

As the snow finally melts in Massachusetts, homeowners everywhere are dealing with more leaks, flooding and related problems in their home(s). With water damage, mold can follow. Fortunately, you can prevent the spread of mold this spring. These five simple and practical tips from SERVPRO of the Attleboros will help you control moisture, properly ventilate your home, thoroughly clean, and ultimately, prevent mold from growing inside of your home. 

Reposition Your Downspouts

Make sure your downspouts are positioned away from your home. This will ensure water drains away from the house preventing debris, soil, and stone buildup. Repositioning the downspouts will help ensure the interior of your home remains nice and dry and, as a result, free of fungal growth. 

Use a Dehumidifier 

Many homes have a closed-loop ventilation system, which essentially recirculates the same air indoors. To purify the air and prevent indoor air contaminants from collecting, consider using a dehumidifier. Your basement, for example, is a great place to install a dehumidifier, because basements are generally damp. The dehumidifier will help keep the relative humidity between 30 and 50 percent hereby preventing black mold growth.

Check Your Attic 

Inspect your crawl space, your attic or any room you tend to overlook or think little about. Becuase you do not spend a great deal of time in these rooms, you will neither consider nor suspect mold growth. The longer mold grows, the greater its damage. Not only will the cost to remediate the problem increase, but your health may worsen because of ongoing mold exposure. So, it is crucial you detect mold in its earliest stages. Inspecting the rooms you do not usually will help you do just that. 

Repair All Leaks 

If the wintry weather has damaged your home's foundation or roofing, leaving cracks of any size, water can easily enter. When you have moisture, the right temperature, and a food source (think drywall), mold can grow within just 24 to 48 hours. Act fast and fix leaking pipes, deteriorating window sills and frames, and even a cracked chimney or foundation. Inspect areas of your home where there's more plumbing and potential for leaks: in the basement and underneath the bathroom and kitchen sinks. Unfortunately, you cannot always see a leaking pipe. In many cases, it's either behind a wall or underneath a floorboard. For assurance and peace of mind, consider calling SERVPRO of the Attleboros for a professional assessment. 

Frequently Clean

Spring is the perfect time to clean your carpets; furniture; kitchen crevices; bathroom grout; and all of the dark, damp corners of your home. Cleaning each of these will help you keep tabs on problem areas. You are more likely to locate water damage and prevent mold if you are cleaning on a regular basis.

Always control moisture, keep sufficient airflow and clean your home often. If you see signs of mold following your spring cleaning, contact SERVPRO of the Attleboro's to professionally clean, dry and disinfect the area. Mold in your home due to winter conditions is an unfortunate situation, but SERVPRO of the Attleboros will happily clean up any damage and make it look, "Like it never even happened." 

For additional tips, use this checklist to get your home spring-ready.

Storm Restoration

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we are a trusted leader in the restoration industry. We have a number of disaster recovery services that we tailor due to the type of disaster. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly and are trained in a number of different fields to get the job done both quickly and effectively.

Our residential services include, but are not limited to:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration 
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building Services

If you have any questions regarding our residential services, please visit our website at www.SERVPROtheattleboros.com.

When disaster strikes your place of business, we understand how much of a bother this can be to you, your staff, and your productivity. We are a restoration company and devote our time and work to disaster recovery and restoration. We understand that every hour lost cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of the Attleboro’s provides professional cleaning and emergency restoration services to get your business running smoothly again.

Our commercial services include, but are not limited to:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Cleaning Services
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events

SERVPRO of the Attleboro’s is ready 24/7, 365 days a year. We understand that disaster has the ability to strike at any moment, and that is why we make our crews available to you and your family in any time of need.

If you have any questions or would like to inquire about our services, please visit our website, mentioned above, or give us a call at 508-223-0505.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

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.

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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

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

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

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