What you should know about mold | Dighton, MA
Mold can be really good around the environment outside of your home, but not really good inside. It can cause damage to your homes structure, as well as health effects to you and your family if not taken care of.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency , these are things you should know about mold
1: Eliminating "all" mold
There is actually no way to eliminate all mold in your environment. Mold spores are a natural occurrence and they can not be removed. The only time they are not good is when they're introduced to a moist, dark environment such as a basement or attic, for example.
2: Sources of moisture
It's important that you fix all leaks as soon as you spot them to prevent and reduce the possibility of mold growth.
3: Reduce and monitor indoor humidity
If you keep your indoor humidity at around 30-60% you can decrease the potential of mold growth.
- Have vents in your bathrooms and exhaust fans in your kitchens
- Use dehumidifiers when necessary
4: Cleaning up spills and leaks
Clean up and dry any spills or leaks right away to prevent mold growth
If there is an area of your home that's prone to excessive moisture, it's best not to install carpeting there, it can be a host for mold growth.
When you call SERVPRO of the Attleboros at 508-223-0505 for any mold remediation, you will be dealing with highly trained technicians and the latest equipment and techniques in the business!!
Why DIY Water damage restoration can be a bad idea | North Attleboro, MA
Typically when you think of water damage... a flooded basement comes to mind. Probably because this is one of the most common areas where water damage happens. Another thing that may come to mind is "hmmm I can clean it up myself!!"
You should probably scratch that second thought! Water damage handled/ cleaned up by someone who isn't a trained professional can often lead to bigger problems and more damage (undetected).
At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we use special technology, such as moisture meters, to determine where and how much water there is. We can determine if there is any water hiding behind the walls, in the drywall and under floors, that you might have missed as a DIY-er.
Once you have water damage, some of it will evaporate into the air and remain there as moisture, this will not circulate anywhere if the proper equipment is not used. Without dehumidification, all this moisture can lead to mold growth.... and nobody wants to deal with water and mold in their home!
Now, of course, there are some exceptions, if your sink was just a little leaky and you caught it in time, go ahead and sop up that water (as long as its a smalllll puddle) and fix that leaky pipe before that small puddle turns into a really big one tomorrow! Check around the pipe and around the area of the leak to make sure there is no other damage.
Click here for a great tutorial on fixing those leaky pipes!
Usually spills aren't that big of a deal for you to clean up on your own. As long as you clean it up right away and don't let it sit. That can cause mold and bacteria to form.
Minor leaks cause major damage
Even the tiniest drip can cause the biggest problems! That's why it's important for you to fix leaks ASAP, and clean up any spills right away.
Better safe than sorry
It can't hurt to call a professional water damage restoration company for an opinion or for some advice on cleaning up a big spill!
Give us a call at 508-223-0505 for any water damage, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."
Staying safe during a heat wave | Swansea, MA
Be sure to stay hydrated!!
When we get that nice summer weather (especially in Massachusetts), we just want to soak up the sun and bask in the warmth before we get the cold weather again. But just like anything else, too much of a good thing can be bad.
According to the American Red Cross, "A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, generally 10 degrees or more above average, often combined with excessive humidity."
If you're working outside or on any job sites, please be sure to stay as hydrated as possible, and take breaks in the shade or anywhere with cool air.
What to do during heat waves
- NEVER leave children or pets alone in a vehicle. Even with the windows down, temps can rise within a matter of minutes.
- Avoid any exhausting activity, especially outdoors.
- Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing. Wearing darker colors will "attract" the sunlight and you will feel way hotter. Lighter colors reflect light and will help you stay cooler.
- Drink, drink drink!! Keep drinking that water! Yes, we know, it can be so plain and blahhhh. But to stay hydrated and healthy during extreme temps, it's a must!
- Stay inside as much as possible, and don't allow pets and children play outside for long periods of time.
- If you would like to be outside, try to avoid going out during the afternoon. It's much cooler during the morning and evening outs, and it's more bearable.
- Check up on family, friends, and neighbors, especially your elders.
Heat cramps, exhaustion, and stroke
During heat waves like the one we have been experiencing here in Massachusetts, it's important to know the symptoms of heat related illnesses so you know how to properly respond.
This is the most serious kind of illness you can suffer from heat. Heat stroke can be life threatening. Heat stroke happens when the body begins to shut down.
Symptoms of heat stroke: high body temp, red skin, weak or rapid pulse and breathing, confusion, vomiting.
Treatment: Immediately call 9-1-1 if someone is suffering from heat stroke, they need assistance as soon as possible. While you wait for the help to arrive, move them to a cool area and wrap them with cool towels or sheets if possible.
Symptoms of heat cramps: Heat cramps are pains and spasms due to excessive sweating. The cramps usually are in the stomach/abdomen area or the legs.
Treatment: Bring the person to a cooler or shaded area, give them water, or even better a sports drink with a lot of electrolytes.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion: pale or red skin, nausea dizziness and weakness.
Treatment: Help them to a cooler area, apply cool, wet towels. Give them water or a sports drink every 15 minutes. Make sure they drink slowly, and call 9-1-1 if they seem to get worse.
It's very important that whenever you are outdoors, that you are wearing sunscreen! Even on cloudy days, you can get a burn.
Keeping your tile floors clean and shiny! | Seekonk, MA
Just like any other part of your house, you want to keep your floors looking clean, shiny, and good as new!! When it comes to tile, most people choose it because it's relatively easy to clean and maintain. Obviously, you still have to take good care of tile floors.
Dirt enters your home every day, from pets, kids shoes, and just opening the door can bring in some dirt/dust.
Getting into the habit of vacuuming, dry mopping, or dusting every day is the fastest way to keep your floor looking clean! Avoid using regular or straw brooms on the tile floor, it can scratch the tile.
Using a door mat or area rug
If your entry way has tile flooring, consider placing a door mat inside and outside the door! This will help capture most of the loose dirt and debris on your shoes before you step on the floors.
Another way to prevent dirt from coming inside the other rooms, have your guests and family members take their shoes off before coming inside, that'll prevent dirt from being anywhere!
Having area rugs on flooring that is in a high traffic spot of the home will prevent any scratching of the floor and, again, prevent dirt from being tracked and built up around your home.
Mopping your tile floors once a week will get rid of the dirt and grime from the week. Use warm water and you can add a mild detergent, or tile cleaner, just be sure to check and make sure any cleaner won't damage your tiles. Be sure to dry mop your floor after wet mopping. You don't want anyone to slip and fall!
It's recommended that you deep clean your floors twice a week. Once a week should be good if you vacuum/mop every day or every other day. If your floors get really dirty, twice a week would probably be better.
To deep clean your floors, mix together a solution of:
- 1 gallon of warm water
- 1/2 cup of white vinegar
If you don't have vinegar, you can also use rubbing alcohol.
This is a great way to clean your floors without using any harsh chemicals!
If something spilled and you need to clean up a stain, use a 1:1 ratio of scouring powder and warm water.
While we just discussed how to keep the actual tiles clean, we can't forget about the grout!
To go the simple, easy, at home solution route, you can mix together baking soda and water to create a paste. Spread the paste onto the grout and let it sit for a few hours, or even overnight. After letting the paste sit, use an old (or new) toothbrush and scrub away! Rinse with warm water and see the magic of baking soda right before your eyes LOL!!
(Seriously, we've tried this and it works amazing!!)
As long as you keep up with cleaning your floors, they'll still look great!! If cleaning your tile, hardwood, carpet, even linoleum floors is too much for you, give us a call at 508-223-0505, we're here to help clean your residential and commercial property!!
Electrical Fires | North Attleboro, MA
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction are responsible for an average of 440 deaths and 1,250 injuries in the years 2012-2016.
Home fires involving electrical distribution and lighting equipment were responsible for 490 deaths and 1,200 injuries in the years 2012-2016.
How do home electrical fires start?
Most home electrical fires start with faulty wiring or other electrical equipment. This is the leading cause of home fires in the United States.
According to the NFPA, most home electrical fires are caused by arcing.
Arc faults are caused by damaged wires or connectors. Over time, the damaged electrical elements generate heat that breaks down the wiring insulation and can cause a fire.
Another leading cause of electrical home fires are faulty outlets or worn out sockets.
Electrical fire facts
Electrical fires are less likely to occur between midnight at 8am, but the fires that occur during these hours are accountable for 60% of deaths.
It is important that you have smoke detectors installed in your home so, in the case of a fire in the middle of the night, you are more likely to wake up and evacuate your family.
According to this article, 1/5 home electrical fires originated in a kitchen, and 12% in a bedroom.
Preventing electrical fires
Most often, causes of electrical fires are hidden in your walls. But if you know the signs and what to look for, they CAN be prevented!
Look for old wiring, or if you know the wiring and receptacles are old, it's best to call a licensed electrician to make sure your home is up to code.
As we stated above, arcing is a leading cause of home fires. Most new homes have arc-fault-circuit interrupters that sense arcs and will shut off the breaker before any damage can occur.
If the worst happens while you are home and awake, you can use your ABC fire extinguisher (effective against electrical equipment) if the fire is manageable enough. After any fire damage, give us a call at 508-223-0505, we're highly trained in fire damage restoration
Tropical Storm Fay | What we can expect in Attleboro, MA
Be sure to take in or tie down your patio / outdoor furniture, and always avoid driving through flooded areas!!
Tonight and into tomorrow we're expecting to be hit by Tropical Storm Fay. Though Western Massachusetts is expected to get the brunt of it, we can still expect some rain.
What is a tropical storm
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): a tropical storm is a cyclone with max wind speeds of 39-73 MPH.
Tropical Storm Fay will bring winds up to 40 MPH in the Attleboro area, so be sure to tie down any loose outside items or bring your patio furniture in the basement/into the shed. You don't want your stuff flying around the yard!
Tropical Storm Fay
The storm has been making it's way up the East Coast from the Carolinas, and is expected to get to the Massachusetts area in the late afternoon today and we can expect the most rain in the late evening and overnight.
According to WBZ TV, we can expect .55"-1" of rain.
Throughout Southern New England, the storm is expected to bring 1-2 inches of rain.
On Saturday (July 11th), we can expect a few lingering showers, but the biggest part of the storm will be late evening into the night today (July 10th)
Fun Fact: Tropical Storm Fay is the 6th named storm of 2020. The fourth named storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
If your home or business experiences flood or storm damage this weekend, give us a call ASAP at 508-223-0505, we're here to help!!
Preparing your commercial space for severe weather - Attleboro, MA
Call us at (508) 223-0505, we're here to help!!
This past weekend we saw quite a bit of rain! And with it being hurricane season, we can look forward to seeing some more.
As a business owner, severe weather can make or break your business if you're not prepared. 50% of businesses don't open back up after a disaster! You don't want to be on that side of the 50%.
Steps to take prior to severe weather
1: Create a plan: One great way to plan ahead is to contact us for a SERVPRO ERP! This will help you be prepared in the case of an emergency, listing all exits and who to contact.
2: Have essentials on site: It's best to be prepared ahead of time rather than scrambling as the storm is brewing. Some items you should have in the office are
- First aid kit
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable food
Maybe even some board games to keep the employees occupied in case you/they are stuck inside for a long period of time.
3: Communicate: Stay in touch with your employees, especially if the severe weather is after or before work hours. Let them know if the office (or warehouse, or other commercial space) is not accessible, power has gone out, or if they need to evacuate or stay inside. If you have clients in and out on a daily basis, it's important to keep in touch with them and keep them updated as well.
4: Back up and protect your data and documents: Digital files may be great but, they are still just as at risk of being damaged as paper files. It's important that you back up your files, and be sure they're saved on external drives just in case!
5: Have a back-up power source (if your budget allows): Having a generator as a back up can keep your business up and running if the power were to go out. It can be your saving grace especially if you don't have a plan in place already.
It's very important as a business owner to be prepared in the case of any weather. No matter if its snow, rain, hurricane, or even tornado!
Give us a call at (508) 223-0505 to schedule an ERP so you can be prepared ahead of time, and call us if your business has suffered from any storm related damage, we're here to help you get back to business!
SERVPRO of the Attleboros Fire Restoration Process
When you experience fire damage to your home or business, no matter how big or small, there are probably a million things racing through your mind, one of those things is probably "what happens now??"
No matter how big or small the fire, you are going to need at least some fire damage restoration to return your home back to its preloss condition. We are here to let you know the process of the restoration, so you can rest easy knowing how it'll be taken care of!
Step 1: Secure the property
When it comes to a large fire, the property should be secured, fencing, plywood to board up, and tarps covering any openings in the roof. Boarding up and securing the property will prevent any further damage from the weather, and even vandals.
Step 2: Removals
After the property is secured/boarded up, the crew will begin to remove/sort through any debris inside the home. Saving anything that is salvageable and getting rid of anything that is not.
Oftentimes, there is also water damage with fire damage, due to the fire fighting. The crew will begin to extract the water from the property
Step 3: Cleaning
Once the excess water is removed and the property is deemed safe to enter, the smoke/soot reside will be cleaned from all surfaces, our crews will even deodorize the property, so you will NOT smell that smoky-ness after we're done!
Step 4: Restoration!!
Once all plans are approved by the homeowner and restoration specialist, the restoration can begin!!
Not all fire damage is the same! Every situation is unique, your fire may have only affected a small area and only needed a bit of cleaning and restoration in a spare room, but your cousin may have experienced a full home fire. At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we can handle any size disaster! We'll make it "Like it never even happened."
Wet Insulation after a roof leak in Attleboro, MA
The question is not 'can' it be saved, the question is 'should' it be saved??
When your roof leaks, often times the insulation is one of the first things to experience some damage.
There are two types of insulation that are the most common:
- blown in loose full
When insulation gets wet, it lowers it's performance. As soon as insulation gets wet, it loses at least 40% of its insulating R value.
Another issue you may run into is mold growth in your insulation. With fiberglass insulation, typically the paper backing will be where you can find most mold growing following a water loss. According to this article, cellulose insulation that is treated with fire resistant help to make it a little more water resistant than insulation that is not treated. Of course, it is not fully waterproof. Insulation typically acts like a sponge when introduced to water. It will just suck up the water/moisture and then transfer it to the wood or structures behind it or underneath.
Can wet insulation be saved?
The question is not 'can' it be saved, the question is should it be saved.
Some pros would argue that you shouldn't dry and re-use insulation after water damage. There are two main reasons why you shouldn't re use insulation.
1: The insulation gets compressed after water damage, reducing it's insulating R-value.
2: As stated above, mold is a great concern when insulation gets wet. Especially with cellulose insulation, it's a great host for mold when it gets wet. Mold can begin to grow in as little as 48 hours.
Replacing wet insulation is going to be less expensive in the long run, and will create a healthier environment for you to live or work in. Mold will rarely remain in one part of the house. Leaving wet (dried) insulation will allow for the mold to migrate to other areas of the home/building.
If you suffer from water damage in your Attleboro home or business, give us a call at (508) 223-0505, we're here to help!!
Handling Hoarding Situations
It's important to understand the disorder if a friend or family member suffers from the disorder so that you can be there and support them!
What is hoarding?
Hoarding is a mental health disorder in which people save excessive amounts of things that other people may find undesirable. They typically have a hard time getting rid of any of these possessions which will then lead to a cluttered home, which can be dangerous to their health and safety, as well as putting strain on relationships.
When you discover that one of your loved ones has been dealing with hoarding, it's important that you become educated on the behavior, as well as support them in the best way possible. When they're ready to sort through/get rid of their belongings, you can offer them help, and hiring a professional cleanup company can also help. Some hoarding situations pose health concerns, at SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we're highly trained and experienced in cleaning up biohazard and hoarding situations.
At SERVPRO of the Attleboros we can:
- Remove the clutter and clean up any leftover debris
- Salvage any items that are salvageable
After we're done, your loved ones home will be livable and safe again! When you call us to help resolve a hoarding situation, we are able to navigate any issues and of course treat everyone with the utmost respect.
Don't hesitate to give us a call at (508) 223-0505. We're here to help!