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Spring brings along an unwanted visitor

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

While spring brings some things we love like flowers and warmer weather, it can also bring an unwanted visitor....

M O L D

Mold needs just the right humidity, moisture, and temperature levels to form those black or green spots we see... those are called colonies 

Mold can be introduced into your home or business through doors, open windows, even on your clothes. Mold exists everywhere! 

Mold can grow on wood, carpet, clothing, insulation, walls...any type of organic material. If your moisture or mold issue isn't addressed by a professional in a timely manner, it can lead to some costly repairs, poor indoor air quality, and sometimes health effects. 

To avoid mold growth and the effects of it, you can:

- Address any water leaks as soon as you spot them 

- If you see any moisture or condensation building up around windows and on walls, dry the area immediately. 

- When anything is spilled, clean it up right away, mold can form in as little as 48 hours!

Indoor humidity should be between 30-50%

Humidity and outdoor temperature 

Outdoor temp over 50° - indoor humidity shouldn't exceed 50%

Outdoor temp over 20° - indoor humidity shouldn't exceed 40%

Outdoor temp between  10° and 20° - indoor humidity shouldn't exceed 35% 

Do not attempt to remove or clean any mold by yourself. It can disturb the spores and they will go into the air, making it unsafe for you to breathe in. It can make the problem worse if you don't know what you're doing...not that we don't have faith in some DIY projects, some things are just best left to professionals.

We are highly trained in the proper techniques and procedures of mold remediation

How do WE handle mold?

Our technicians are highly trained in the proper techniques for different kinds of mold. We can remediate safely and effectively so you can get back to business as usual! 

Each situation is unique and may have their own challenges, we can handle it all!

If you encounter any mold in your home or business this spring season, give us a call at (508) 223-0505. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."  

Click here to read more about our mold remediation process.

What is PPE?

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Man wearing full body PPE, full face mask, booties, gloves One of our techs, Scott, wearing full body PPE including a full face mask to protect himself on a sewage loss job.

PPE stands for 'personal protective equipment' 

Our technicians use PPE on jobs such as:

Mold remediation | Biohazard situations | Preventative cleaning | and other

It is an OSHA regulation for our technicians to wear PPE in certain situations. Don't be scared if you see them in the suits, it's for their safety! 

The primary function of PPE is to "minimize exposure to hazards that cause serious workplace injuries and illnesses." ¹ 

Some hazards our teams may come in contact with include:

Chemicals | Biohazardous materials | Mold & mold spores | Mechanical, electrical & physical hazards | Other fumes 

There are many types of PPE, but when it comes to SERVPRO, our teams can mostly be seen wearing: 

Eye protection | Foot & leg protection (booties) | Hand & arm protection | Other face protection | 

Eye protection / face protection 

You may see our techs wearing goggles or a full face respirator. This is protecting them from inhaling any airborne mold, dust, chemicals, and other fumes. 

Hand & arm protection / gloves 

Gloves protect their skin from any contact with mold, irritating cleaning solutions, chemicals, biological contaminants, and other hazards. 

Foot & leg protection / protective clothing 

Our techs often wear full body suits that include the protective booties at the bottom that cover their shoes, so they don't track any contaminants throughout the property or bring any back to the office or back home with them! 

If your Attleboro area home or business requires mold, water, sewage, biohazardous or fire cleanup or remediation, give the pros a call! (508) 223-0505, we're here 24/7! 

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SERVPRO of the Attleboros - Experts in Cleaning

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is here to help Call us 24/7 at (508) 223-0505

SERVPRO of the Attleboros is here to help you 

During this trying time, we would like to remind our customers (past, present, and future) that we are specialists in cleaning. We adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We want to help keep you healthy and safe!

We have the resources and products to clean, sanitize, and disinfect your business according to protocols set by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We have experience with dealing with biological contaminants, we will go above and beyond what your janitorial staff can handle. Not to say they don't do a great job, we appreciate them!! Sometimes, it's best to let professionals handle situations such as this. 

The CDC recommends cleaning "high-touch" surfaces which include

- Countertops

- Tables

- Doorknobs and light switches 

- Phones

- Toilets

- Computers, keyboards, and mice

We can help sanitize, disinfect, and clean your 

- Restaurants

- Schools

- Libraries

- Retail stores

- Churches 

- Police and Fire departments 

- Town/ city municipal buildings 

- Office buildings 

- Gyms

and more. These are just a few. 

The CDC also suggests the usage of a hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to COVID-19. Various products in our SERVPRO product line have the approved emerging pathogens claims. There is no product tested specifically against this strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the cdc and our local authorities. 

Contact us today for a proactive cleaning! 

(508) 223-0505. We'd love to help!! 

Household Cleaners to Disinfect your Swansea home

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

To properly disinfect your home, using any EPA-registered (environmental protection agency) products is recommended. Be sure you are using products appropriate for each surface! 

If you don't have any proper disinfectants, some household items can work! 

Make a bleach solution with:

- 1/3 cup of bleach per 1 gallon of water

- 4 teaspoons of bleach per 1 quart of water 

Be sure the area you are using this bleach solution in is well ventilated! 

NEVER mix bleach with ammonia or other cleaners. This will create very dangerous vapors that should not be breathed in. 

Areas that are "high-touch" should be cleaned often, every day ideally. 

These areas include:

- Doorknobs

- Light switches

- Desks

- Toilets 

- Faucets

- Remotes 

When using EPA registered products, make sure you're checking the time the surface should remain wet to kill all germs possible. Click here for a list of EPA registered disinfectants.

Vinegar is also a natural, household item that you probably already have that is a great disinfecting agent! It has been shown to kill germs. The acid that is in vinegar is what kills the bacteria and viruses. 

Mix water and vinegar at a 1:1 ratio. 

When using vinegar as a disinfectant, it is important to note that it needs to be in contact with the surface for at least 20 minutes. 30 minutes is ideal. The best vinegar to use to kill flu like viruses is white vinegar because it is the most acidic. 

It's also important to note that it isn't recommended to use your vinegar solution on natural stone (marble), cast iron, or aluminum. 

Hydrogen peroxide is also great at killing germs! It's naturally antibacterial! Just be careful when using this, it can stain clothes and porous surfaces (such as marble). Hydrogen peroxide should be used diluted with water.

If you require cleaning and sanitation in your Swansea home, condos, apartments, or businesses, give us a call at (508) 223-0505. We have the resources to help you right away! Check out our website for more!  

How your Attleboro home will benefit from prompt restoration

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

If your Attleboro area home suffers from any water damage, it's best to contact us as soon as possible! With our prompt action, it will prevent any secondary damage from happening such as mold! 

Disasters can strike at any time, that's why we're available to you 24/7! 

Within minutes of water damage, water will spread quickly and porous objects will begin to absorb the water. 

That's why as soon as you see any signs of water damage, give us a call (508) 223-0505.

We're available 24/7 for emergencies large or small!

When you call us, we will just gather a few tidbits of information from you, and then we can send a project manager out to assess the situation. 

As soon as we assess the damage, identify and stop the source, and type of water, we will move any furniture and any things can be damaged out of the way. 

Once all of the pre-requisites have been done, we will then begin the extraction and drying process. 

Now this may sound like a long long process, but in reality it will be only a 1 or 2 day span between inspection and moving the furniture etc to the day we start extracting and drying. Maybe even less than a day! This all depends on the extent of the damage. 

By contacting SERVPRO of the Attleboros as soon as you spot the damage, the sooner we can get out and get the process started so you can be back to living comfortably in your home! 

(508) 223-0505 | Locally owned and operated | 24 hour emergency services available 

Attleboro Winter Night Festival

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO table with flag, foam fingers, and candy We hope to see everyone next year!

This past Saturday (February 22nd) Attleboro hosted their annual Winter Night Festival. We hung out with the Sun Chronicle all night and it was such a blast to see so many people having fun! Our favorite part was the ice sculptor, it's amazing how talented people are! We kind of wish we could've gotten in on the face paint action though.....

In all seriousness, it is so great to see (basically) a whole community show up to such a great event and have a great time! There were activities for kids of all ages, great food, music and we even got to see some history of the city! We hope to be back next year and for years to come! 

SERVPRO of the Attleboros is IICRC Certified

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of the Attleboros is an IICRC Certified firm. IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. The IICRC provides training, sets standards and provides certificates for cleaning and restoration companies. 

As an IICRC Certified firm SERVPRO of the Attleboros:

- Presents a professional image such as appearance, equipment, attire and attitude.

- Maintains awareness of and knowledge of IICRC standards, relevant to our operations.

- Promote the education and training for our technicians to enhance their proficiency and be sure they are up to date on all the latest in the industry

- Has an IICRC Certified Technician present at all jobs.

- Provides service that results in the satisfaction of our customers. 

- On time for each job, conducts business with honesty, integrity and fairness. 

- Complies with government rules and regulations

- Maintains liability insurance to protect all parties involved in the case of an accident 

To obtain their certification, our technicians must take a series of classes and then pass the exam. After they are initially certified, they will need to take continuing education classes, to ensure they are up to date on any trends and changes within the industry such as procedures and equipment. 

About SERVPRO of The Attleboros

We are one of over 1,700 independently owned and operated franchises throughout the United States and Canada. Our certified professionals follow Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and IICRC standard guidelines to provide our customers with the best services and care. While we provide smoke, soot, fire, water and sewer damage cleanup and restoration, we also offer mold remediation, residential and commercial cleaning, and biohazard cleanup! 

No matter what type of disaster you have encountered in your Attleboro home or business, give us a call, we'll handle it all! No damage is too big, small, stinky, or smoky for us to handle! 

(508) 223-0505

For more information about the IICRC click here

To learn more about SERVPRO of the Attleboros click here

Flash Flooding in Massachusetts

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

With spring approaching us fast, so are the rains that come with it. Yes we may like the warmer (ish) weather that comes in the spring, some of us might not be in favor of all that rain, and sometimes flooding. 

What is flooding?

Flooding is an excess amount of water onto land that’s normally dry, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). Floods occur when waves come onto the shore, snow melts too fast, or when dams break. Flooding can happen with as little as a few inches of water, but can be as extreme as covering an entire house.

Flash floods are the most dangerous kind of floods because they combine the dangers of a regular flood with high speeds and destruction.

Flash floods occur when an abundance of water fills normally dry areas such as river beds, as well as normal flowing creeks, causing the water to rapidly rise in a short amount of time. Flash floods usually happen with little to no warning.

Floods can happen anywhere in the country and they are a threat anywhere it rains. 

Areas at high risk for flash floods

Densely populated areas: This is because of all of the buildings, highways, parking lots, decrease the amount of rain absorbed into the ground, which causes runoff. The runoff can increase the potential of flash flooding.

During heavy, heavy rain, storm drains can become overflowed and flood roads and buildings. During this time it is very dangerous to be in a basement or underground parking garage.

Areas near bodies of water: areas along rivers and creaks are more at risk because, as stated above, excess water can fill them up and cause the waters to rise within minutes and cause flooding.

Melting snow can cause flash floods as well. When snow melts it can cause runoff, and when you add in spring rains AND snow melting, the risk for flash flooding increases. Melting snow and rain waters can enter streams, lift the ice, and create dams. This will cause the water to find other ways to flow, and it will be fast!

What is the difference between flash flood warning and flash flood watch?

If you hear or see on the news that there is a flash flood warning, flash flooding is occurring or is very likely. Flash flooding can happen in areas where rain is not coming down.

Flood warning: a flood warning is issued when flooding is already occurring or is about to happen.

Flood watch: issued when conditions are suitable for flooding. A flood watch does not mean that flooding will absolutely happen, but is possible.

Flood advisory: issued when flooding is not expected to be terrible enough to issue a warning, but the weather might cause slight inconveniences.

Even if you aren’t in an area where heavy rains are occurring, you might still be at risk for flash flooding. Always pay attention to the news, or the alerts sent to your phone and take them seriously!! Floods can cause serious injury, and even be fatal.

If you suffer from damage to your home or commercial business due to storm related events, call us at (508) 223-0505, we’ll make it

“Like it never even happened.”

For more information about flooding, the dangers, and how to be prepared, visit https://www.weather.gov/safety/flood-watch-warning and https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/floods/  

Tip of the Week #6 - Cleaning and Issues with Skylights

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

Animals looking down from skylight. Wife saying "You had to put a skylight in didn't you?" Inspect your skylights once a year to be sure there are no gaps in the caulking and no damage to the flashing... or any visitors

Skylights 

Having one or a few skylights in your home are great for letting in more natural light, and can provide another source of ventilation. 

One of the main concerns with skylights is condensation. Since they are on the roof, warmer air will travel to it and if the glass is cold, it'll form condensation. Once there is condensation and humidity, it's a breeding ground for mold. 

To prevent excess condensation from forming on your skylight:

  • Run your bathroom and/ or kitchen exhaust fans
  • Keep blinds, curtains, and shades open to let warm air circulate throughout the home. 

Be sure your skylights are insulated properly, no gaps or cracks in the caulking and no damage to the flashing. 

Remove any dirt and debris away from the flashing, this can create a dam and cause much worse damage than a bit of condensation. 

Cleaning your Skylights 

Skylights are usually made of plastic or glass, and this will determine how to clean yours. 

If you're unsure about what material your skylight is made from

You can use:

  • Dry mop 
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Cellulose sponge 
  • Power washer (for the outside) 

Along with making sure your windows will be safe, you need to make sure YOU are safe while cleaning. 

If you can't reach the skylight even with a ladder or stool, you can use a long handled mop! 

After your skylight is clean and dry, apply a thin layer of auto wax with a dry cloth, this will add an extra layer of protection. 

Cleaning the outside

With enough rain, your skylight could be "kind of" clean on the outside. But once you clean the inside, you will be able to see those water streaks and dirt on the outside. 

To get the best results, you'll have to get on the roof. You can use the same products and methods you used on the inside, but if you have a power washer, this'll make your job easier and a lot faster! 

Fill your power washer with a mixture of dish soap and water. Spray the windows until dirt and any other debris are gone.

Then switch the washer to non soapy water and spray til the soap suds are gone! Once they are dry, go ahead with the auto wax on the outside too! 

Once they're clean you'll be able to enjoy that beautiful blue sky and sunshine clear as day!

If unfortunately you suffer from a water loss due to a failure with a skylight, call us (508) 223-0505, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Massachusetts Hands-Free Driving Law

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Hands free driving, it's the law Don't allow yourself any distractions while driving, this includes eating.

This law will be in effect starting February 23rd, 2020. 

The Safe Driver law prohibits any driver under the age of 18 from operating a vehicle while using ANY electronic device. Even on "hands-free" mode. 

Drivers over the age of 18:

Can use electronic devices in hands free mode ONLY (Siri...) and only allowed to touch devices to engage hands free mode. 

You can NOT hold any electronic device while driving 

Many states in the country and in the New England area have similar laws/ bans. 

Texting or using a phone while driving encourages the driver to look away from the road, and this can cause the driver valuable time in reacting to changing road conditions such as a sudden stop, or someone running into the roadway. The implications on younger drivers allows them to focus more on the road, while they are still learning the rules and ways of it. This will prevent any unnecessary accidents such as a rear end. 

According to the National Safety Council, in 2010 a MINIMUM of 160,000 crashes were due to a driver using a cellphone. 

Safe Driving Practices:

- Never drive if you have consumed alcohol in the past 12 hours

- Don't operate a vehicle if you're tired 

- Check your mirrors each time you plan on driving your car

- Set your radio station before you begin driving, that way you won't have to search for it while you're driving 

- Turn your cellphone off or put it on "do not disturb" or "driving" mode so you won't receive any notifications that can possibly be distracting

- Do not eat while driving. Pull off the road to a rest stop to enjoy your snack or meal

- If you're driving a long distance, be sure to take frequent breaks. If you get tired switch drivers, or stop to rest if you're alone

If you have a passenger in the car, let them take phone calls and respond to messages for you, otherwise pull over to take the call or send the message.

Before leaving for your destination, set your GPS and review directions FIRST. Even your GPS is a distraction, if not mounted in the proper place. (on windshield, in center console, on dashboard)

Your GPS helps you get to your destination, but you could delay your arrival by being distracted and causing an accident. 

Penalties for violating the hands-free driving law in MA:

First offense: $100 fine 

Second offense: $250 fine, and completion of a distracted driving educational program

Third offense: $500 fine, completion of a distracted driving program, and insurance surcharge