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Preventing Frozen Pipes

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Even though it's February 4th, don't think that your pipes cannot 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 at 508-223-0505 or visit our website.

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Tips excerpted from The American Red Cross.

How to Fight Winter Weather in New England

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipes

A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the back-flow of pressure between the water source and the blockage. A broken pipe can cause considerable damage to your property, if not addressed quickly.

Ice Dams

Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season. They form when heated air melts snow on the roof downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can back-flow under the roof's shingles and into the structure's interior areas. 

Puffbacks

A "puffback" is a messy furnace malfunction that occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout your home or business. It can happen all at once, covering an interior in grimy soot, or a puffback can leak soot particles more gradually. 

Flu Season

Help prevent the spread of flu germs. Homes and businesses can depend on their local SERVPRO Franchise Professional to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces, and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants.

For more information, please visit our website.

Sewage Cleanup & Restoration in Seekonk, MA

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that sewage backups are more than just a foul-smelling mess? These backups contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes. Be SERVPRO Ready and know what contaminated water is.

There are three types of contaminated water:

Category 1 – Clear Water

  • Includes water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If not treated, it can turn into category 2 or 3

Category 2 – Gray Water

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can result from a washing machine, dishwasher, or toilet overflow

Category 3 – Black Water

  • May contain untreated sewage, chemicals, and microbes
  • Highly contaminated and can cause severe illness
  • Results from water from flooding rivers or sewer backups

Tips & Facts:

  • Only restoration professionals should cleanup sewage backups
  • Don’t run any water down drains until the blockage has been cleared
  • Keep children away from contaminated areas
  • Dispose of or wash any contaminated objects (bedding, clothing, carpets)

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, our professionals are trained and ready to treat any contaminated water issues 24 hours, 365 days a year. Never hesitate to give us a call or visit our website.

Mold Safety Tips

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

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 at (508) 223-0505!

Mold Remediation in Somerset, MA

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Should mold be found within a facility, mold mitigation 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

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24-Hour Emergency Service

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

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. 

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Commercial Fire Cleanup in Fall River, MA

12/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage can be very devastating for a commercial property. In addition to fire, smoke, and soot damage, water damage caused by firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may leave your building flooded. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training, experience, and equipment to manage your commercial fire damage emergency. They will respond quickly and manage the fire restoration project through to its completion—getting your property business-ready.

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

Here at SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we work to get your life back on track as quickly as possible. For more information, please give us a call at (508) 223-0505 or visit our website.

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What to do After a Fire

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Any decision that has not been critically and professionally evaluated, can further exacerbate the damage to your home. To avoid this, here are some tips about what to do before the professionals from SERVPRO of the Attleboro’s arrive:

  • 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.

Your personal safety is our number one concern. If you sense any other dangers to your home, don’t risk it, be sure to get out IMMEDIATELY! 

To learn more, give us a call @ 508-223-0505 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROtheattleboros.com/fire-damage-tips

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Home Safety

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Electrical Safety

In the United States, electrical fires are responsible for one in seven of all home fires. On an average, there are 53,000 home electrical fires every year according to the National Fire Protection Association. Electrical fires result in approximately 500 deaths, 1,400 injuries, and $1.5 billion in property damage.

You can prevent most electrical fires by:

  • Making sure outlets are not overloaded
  • Covering unused outlets and safety plugs
  • Checking cords for frays and warmth
  • Placing light bulbs away from flammable objects such as curtains clothes, bedding, and other fabrics.

Child Safety

Small dangers can be hidden all over your home, especially for families with small children. Children are very active, making them more prone to accidents. You can take several steps to make your home a kid-safe environment:

  • Install child locks on cabinets so dangerous items such as medicine, cleaners, and matches are kept out of reach.
  • Make sure your home’s pool and hot tub is surrounded by fencing with self-locking and self-closing gates.
  • Install hardware-mounted safety gates at the top and bottom of every stairway in your home.
  • To prevent children from falling, install window guards that also have a quick release mechanism in case of fire.

Preparing for Potential Emergencies

Being prepared for a potential disaster saves time and lives. Simple steps can be taken to prepare your family for an emergency situation:

  • Develop and discuss an evacuation plan with your family in case of a fire or other emergency.
  • All phones should be accessible to every member in the household and pre-programmed with emergency contact numbers such as 9-1-1 so children and the elderly can call for help.
  • Create an emergency contact sheet so family members know who to contact during the event of an emergency.

In the event your home faces serious damage due to flooding, a fire, or mold, be sure to call SERVPRO of The Attleboros at (508) 223-0505. We will clean up the damages in your home and make them, "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Do's & Dont's - Seekonk, MA

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

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 Seekonk 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.

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