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Why is my smoke alarm going off so frequently???

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

Placement

If your smoke alarm is too close to your kitchen or appliances such as a stove or toaster, it could set off your alarm more frequently than you'd like. 

If your alarm is too close to a window, this can cause it to go off as well. The frequent drafts can cause the sensors to believe it's smoke. 

Another place you do not want to place your smoke detector is right outside your bathroom. The steam from the shower may cause it to believe it's smoke. 

Bugs... yuck!!

The little vents on the sides and tops of your smoke alarms are meant to allow smoke to enter to reach the sensors. 

Sometimes, little bugs can crawl inside and interfere with the sensors. 

Dust 

Dust building up on the inside or outside of your smoke detectors can cause them to be either MORE or LESS sensitive. When they are less sensitive, this can be very dangerous, as they won't be as effective in letting you know when there is smoke or a fire! 

Batteries

If your smoke alarm is beeping, that means your batteries need to be changed. It's important that you change the batteries at least once a year to ensure it's in proper working order! 

If your Attleboro home or business suffers from any fire damage, give us a call at (508) 223-0505, we're highly trained and experienced in fire damage restoration. 

Are you prepared to re-open?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Neon "open" sign We can't wait for you to be able to flip your sign to 'open'!! We're here to help you prepare for that long awaited day :)

As we get closer to the day of slowly re-opening (May 18th), it's imperative that you, as a business owner, are prepared to the max! 

This means:

- Sanitizing

- Cleaning

- Organizing

To be able to safely allow your staff and guests back into your business without worry! 

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we're available 24/7 to help clean, sanitize, and disinfect your retail store, office, or restaurant! That way, you don't have to worry about when we can get there! If it needs to be on a Sunday, so be it, we'll be there! 

Give us a call at (508) 223-0505 to schedule a cleaning or for more information on how we can help you! 

Being a Prepared Attleboro Business Owner

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know...

50% of businesses fail to reopen following a disaster.....

50%!! That's HALF! 

You don't want to be a part of that 50% that doesn't open after fire, water, or other damage. 

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros we offer something called

Emergency Ready Profile 

Having an ERP for your business allows you to minimize and business interruptions by having a plan of action already in place. 

Knowing what to expect and what to do ahead of time is a key factor to timely mitigation and can help minimize how damage can affect your business.

The SERVPRO ERP includes:

- A no cost assessment of your facility:

          This means there's no need for you to dish out extra funds! 

           It's completely free! 

- A concise Profile Document that contains critical info needed in the case of an emergency:

             It won't take a lot of time for our Sales and Marketing rep to complete, meaning you won't have to spend a lot of time away from any current projects. 

              It will save you a lot of time if you ever need to use it, however! 

A guide to help you get back into your facility after a disaster 

              This can help minimize the amount of time your business is shut down by having an immediate plan of action 

Establishes US as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider:

               We are locally owned and operated, meaning if you do come into a disaster at your facility, you can call us and we will be there right away to get the restoration process started! 

Identification of the line of command for authorizing work 

This saves everyone time so we can begin the mitigation work... ultimately saving you time and money

Provides facility details such as:

Shut off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.  

                   Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it, and who to call will provide you a quick solution ahead of time in case of an emergency. 

When you contact us at SERVPRO of the Attleboros to create an ERP for your business, we will get it done for you in no time so you can begin to be prepared for disasters! 

Give us a call at (508) 223-0505 and ask for Mike! (Our marketing and sales rep) He will walk you through the ERP process and how it can further help you! 

Mold in your Attleboro air ducts

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Moisture build up in your Attleboro home or business air ducts can eventually cause some problems such as mold and mildew. 

There are a few common causes of water and moisture in air ducts. 

Moisture can be a sign of low duct temperature. 

During the winter months, unused AC ducts in unheated areas can begin to build up moisture. The same thing can happen during the summer months when cold air is passing through a duct in a room that is not air conditioned.    

Preventing Moisture in Air Ducts 

Keep an eye out for any sources of moisture that could cause the problem. Some sources could be a leaking pipe, furnace venting system, bathroom and kitchen cooking vents. 

Ensure that all of these things are free of any leaks! 

A leak in any of these could cause the problem of moisture in the air ducts. And if not addressed quickly, could cause more problems. 

Use a dehumidifier 

You can run a dehumidifier in the room or area where your duct is collecting moisture/water. The dehumidifier will reduce any moisture in the air and help to prevent condensation 

Insulate the ducts 

Insulating the air ducts can prevent them from getting too cool and condensing the air inside. 

Insulating the area

If the ducts collecting moisture are in an attic, adding insulation to the attic can help prevent moisture from forming in the air ducts. 

Seal off vents in the winter/summer

Sealing off A/C ducts in the winter and supply and return vents in the winter can prevent moisture from building up! 

Don't forget to un-seal them when it's time to use them! 

Mold in the air ducts 

If the mold issue is not too overwhelming, you may choose the DIY route to clean it out. 

It is recommended that you contact a professional mold remediation company for the remediation services when mold spreads over 10 sq feet. 

However, if you do decide to go the DIY route, be sure you are cautious. 

Method 1:

1 Tbsp mild soap 

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup water 

Method 2:

1 part bleach 

16 parts water 

Either method you choose, be sure to wear proper protection such as gloves, mask, and eye protection. 

1: Turn off the HVAC unit 

2: Scrub the moldy areas with a brush or rag 

Then use a mold growth inhibitor to prevent mold from coming back. 

This probably sounds a bit time consuming, a lot of work, and may put your health at risk. 

When you call SERVPRO of the Attleboros for mold remediation, we will handle it all:

- Containment

- Air Filtration

- Remediation

- Cleaning

- and Restoration

Give us a call at (508) 223-0505 for all your mold remediation needs!! 

Vandals struck my Attleboro business!

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Walking up to your business to see vandals have sprayed graffiti all over the building and have broken windows can be devastating. That's why at SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we offer vandalism and graffiti cleanup. We want to help take some of the stress from you and get it cleaned up ASAP! Turn to us for quick and efficient vandalism cleanup and restoration services! 

Vandalism can include: 

- Cutting trees without permission

- Taking up plants without permission 

- Egging

- Breaking windows 

- Arson

- Graffiti / tagging

- Keying 

- Defacement 

It's best to contact us right away when you see any vandalism done to your property. Removing graffiti and physical damage ASAP is important to prevent any secondary damage. For example if you have broken windows, animals, debris and rain/water can get inside, causing mold and other damage that can be prevented!  

If other taggers see your property has been tagged, they will follow the leader and you'll come back to even more. If your property has suffered from physical damage such as broken windows, again, or doors, it is no longer secure. 

By calling the pros at SERVPRO of the Attleboros, you will get professionally trained teams who have tools, experience, and training to get the job done! 

We are trained to use the safest and most efficient cleanup procedures for any type of vandalism you may encounter. Ensuring your school, home, office, gym or other property is restored to it's previous (preloss) condition. 

If you come home or into work and see any vandalism, give us a call at (508) 223-0505, we'll make it "Like it never even happened." 

What is soot?

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

What is soot?

Soot is what is left behind when organic material such as wood, coal, and oil haven’t completely burned. Soot contains chemicals, metals, dust, acid and other particles. Leaving sticky black marks on any surface it comes in contact with. 

During a fire, soot spreads through the entire building or home attaching itself to anything and everything.

If your chimney isn’t properly cleaned, creosote can build up inside and cause soot when you light a fire.

Getting rid of soot: 

Most often you will be able to physically see the soot deposits on walls and ceilings. They are large black marks left after a fire. But there are individual soot particles floating around in the air that you can’t see, you can smell them though. Soot produces a smoky odor, which is another way you can tell if an area has been affected.

 It is important to get soot taken care of right away because it can cause some health concerns if you're exposed to it for too long. 

Even if the fire to your home or business was small, soot particles can take over your entire property through the ventilation and air systems. 

Trying to clean it up yourself is not your best bet. Cleaning up soot requires professional equipment, knowledge and experience. 

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we are properly trained to make it "Like it never even happened". Give us a call at (508) 223-0505. We'll clean your home with care! 

To learn more about our fire damage repair and restoration services click here

Social Distancing is helping the Earth!

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Schools are closed, people are working from home, restaurants and stores are closed, concerts and events are cancelled, and people aren't flying.  

While you might not be having as much fun right now, our Earth is healing!  By less people traveling around in cars, busses, and on planes, emissions are being reduced, therefore, carbon footprints are getting smaller! 

According to the New York Times canals in Venice are clear enough to see fish! 

Other reports have shown that holes in the ozone layer have begun healing! 

While coronavirus is not something to celebrate, the effects of people staying home are something to think about. Less people traveling and sitting in traffic during rush hours, less industrial activity is going on.

These changes are only temporary unless we continue to reduce our carbon footprints after these dark times are behind us. 

First thing is first, what is a carbon footprint??

Carbon footprints are the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels (per person or group of people) 

How can I reduce my carbon footprint?

If we all come together and reduce our footprints, we can continue to help heal the Earth!

- If you smoke, quit smoking! We all know this is a huge contributor of pollutants in the air. Chemicals from the cigarettes and cigarette butts physically and invisibly litter the environment. 

- Stop littering! Not only is it against the law in most places, it makes you and the area look bad! Litter can not only harm the environment, bit it can harm people or animals. Littering allows chemicals to be blown or washed into our rivers, oceans, and forests. 

- Try to thrift shop or go to a second hand store instead of buying brand new clothes each season. You'll save yourself some $$ and the environment. Clothes that are mass produced in factories are just that, made quick, cheap, and unsustainably. 

Recycle! I think everyone knows by now: reduce, reuse, recycle! 

- Turn off your lights and appliances at home when you're not using them.

- Switch to LED lights. While they might be a bit more expensive to purchase, they'll save you money in the long run, and help the environment! 

These are just a few suggestions and changes you can make to help lessen your carbon footprint now, and after this pandemic is behind us! 

For more information on climate change, visit: https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ 

Click here for a long list of suggestions and changes you can make to lessen your carbon footprint! 

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As always, we're here to help you. Don't hesitate to call us at (508) 223-0505 

We're Attleboros #1 choice for water damage repair

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

When any water damage happens, you should think about your safety first!

- Is it safe to stay in the house?

- Can you turn off the source?

- Don't try to move wet materials by yourself, they can get extremely heavy

- Do NOT use a household vacuum to remove any water

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we're used to this New England spring rain, so we're prepared for any water damages you may encounter. Our team is specially trained to use our advanced equipment to remove and dry the affected areas. 

After you call us (508) 223-0505, if you can find the water shut off, and turn it off to prevent any more damage. 

When you contact us for water damage repairs we will:

Assess the damage to determine how much moisture there is so we can ensure proper treatment 

Begin water extraction process. This begins practically immediately so we can remove a majority of the water to prevent any secondary damage. Our equipment can quickly remove thousands of gallons of water from your property! 

After the water is gone, we will place our drying and dehumidification equipment to remove any remaining moisture. Our technicians are trained to use area measurements, temperature and humidity to determine just the right amount of equipment we will need to finish drying your Attleboro home or business! 

We will then begin cleaning and sanitizing anything that was damaged by the water. We use EPA registered and hospital grade disinfectants to provide the best disinfection possible! 

Once the drying process is complete, we will begin restoration (finally)! 

When you call SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we will take care of your home or business as if it were our own! Your happiness and satisfaction is very important to us! 

If you've used us in the past, feel free to leave us a review by clicking here! Let us know how your experience was, it'll help us out and we would appreciate it very much! 

Give us a call at (508) 223-0505 if you need water damage repairs! 

Spring brings along an unwanted visitor Webster

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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¹  https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/personalprotectiveequipment/