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Avoiding Fires in your Commercial Kitchen

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Avoiding Fires in your Restaurant Kitchen

According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2006-2010, there were about 7,640 fires at restaurant type establishments. 3/5 of those fires involved cooking equipment. It is important to ensure that ALL equipment such as:

  • Fryers
  • Ovens
  • Stoves
  • Etc

Are cleaned every day, and are professionally inspected when they need to be.

It may look like you have cleaned the grease from the surfaces, but grease can and will build up in hoods and grease traps. If they get too hot or grease builds up too much, it can quickly cause a fire.

You should have regularly scheduled cleanings to avoid any possibilities of fire in your restaurant, hotel, or assisted living home kitchen.

Sprinkler systems can be the saving grace between a small fire that closes the business for a few days, or a fire engulfing the entire facility forcing you to permanently close, or be closed for an extended amount of time. Pipes and heads on sprinkler systems can become corroded with time, so it’s important to have them inspected regularly. Be sure the sprinkler heads are free of any debris, such a cobwebs.

It is important to ensure that your kitchen staff has the knowledge of what to do in the case of a fire emergency. You should have scheduled meetings and drills for:

  • Fire
  • Evacuation
  • Emergency exits

Other causes of commercial kitchen fires:

  • Not turning off cooking appliances
  • Overheating oil in fryers
  • Clutter: boxes, cups, wrappers…
  • Dish towels, pot holders…

Keep an eye on your kitchen staff and be sure they are taking proper precautions when cooking and cleaning. 

Call SERVPRO of The Attleboros (508) 223-0505 if your Attleboro Falls restaurant kitchen suffered from fire damage. We’ll make it "Like it never even happened."

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Tip of the Week #2 - Cleaning Re-usable Bottles

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

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If you've switched over to re-usable water bottles from single use plastic, you'll know the smell or taste of water from a not-so-clean bottle is not pleasant. To keep your water bottles and tumblers clean, it's best to wash them every day (or after each use)

  • If your bottle has a screw-on top, you can just run it through the dishwasher, if it's dishwasher safe. Be sure your dishwasher runs through a drying cycle, if the bottle isn't completely dry, it can become a breeding ground for mold. 
  • If you don't have a dishwasher or it can't go through, you can just wash the bottle with warm water and soap after each use. Use a towel or bottle brush to clean the inside. Be sure to dry thoroughly.
  • If your bottle has a push-up top, to clean the hard to reach crevices, use a small bottle brush and clean with warm water and soap. 

Sanitizing and freshening bottles:

If your bottle still doesn't smell fresh after a wash, fill it with either 

  • 1 tsp bleach & 1 gallon of water. Let soak for 5-15 minutes. Rinse until bleach smell is gone. 
  • White distilled vinegar. Soak for 10 minutes. Rinse
  • Hydrogen peroxide. Soak for 10 minutes. Rinse

SERVPRO of the Attleboros is always here to help! Come back to our blog next Thursday for our third tip of the week! 

If you require water or fire damage restoration, give us a call at (508) 223-0505. Check out last week's tip!

Biohazard Clean Up - Attleboro Falls

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

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After the police leave a scene, then the restoration process can begin. A majority of the time, accident scenes will have blood and other biohazardous materials present that post a serious health risk if not taken care of right away. 

Here at SERVPRO of the Attleboros, one of our specialties is dealing with biohazard cleanup. Our crews have all the expertise and tools necessary to comply with OSHA and EPA protocols. Our first priority is always safety. A bio clean up may be at a crime scene, accident, or home. No matter where, our SERVPRO crews will treat your property and everyone on the scene with the greatest respect and empathy in the trying times you may be going through. 

Our crews can clean up fingerprint powder, tear gas, pepper spray residues, and other evidence gathering chemicals. They are also properly trained to remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue, and other biohazardous materials from a crime scene, accident, or death. We will clean, disinfect, and deodorize the area. 

SERVPRO of the Attleboros will make your property as good as new after a crime scene investigation. Call us at (508) 223-0505 if you need trauma or crime scene cleanup, no matter what time of day. Visit our website for more information about our trauma and crime scene cleanup services. 

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Tip of the Week #1 - Caulking

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Caulking a Bathtub 

Is your bathtub in need of some new caulking? Want to do it yourself easy-peasy? Here are some tips:

Step 1: Remove the old caulk using a razor or scraper

  • Fiberglass and plastic rubs can easily be scratched, be sure to use a plastic scraper for these kinds of tubs.
  • Place the blade flush against the bathtub surface, use small quick strokes to scrape the caulk. 
  • Wipe or vacuum any leftover pieces. 

Step 2: Clean the tub with alcohol

  • If there are any pieces of caulk left, you can soak a rag in alcohol and let it sit for at least 24 hours, then it will be easier to scrape off.

Step 3: Use a mixture of bleach and water to remove any mildew

  • 1/3 cup bleach + 1 gallon water
  • Make sure the room is properly ventilated 
  • Use a scrub brush
  • Make sure it is completely dry before applying the new caulk.
    • Leaving overnight is best 

Step 4: Caulking 

  • Be sure you purchased caulk specific for bathrooms, and is specific for your type of tub 
    • Fiberglass tubs: silicone caulk
    • Ceramic tubs: acrylic latex 
  • Use painters tape above/below the edges where you will apply the caulk
    • this will ensure perfect edges
    • Remove tape while the caulk is still wet
  • Hold the tube with application gun at a 45-degree angle so the caulk will spread evenly
  • Apply steady pressure and speed
  • Shape the caulk into a smooth, concave shape using a paper towel and your finger. 

Let the caulk dry for 48 hours before using the tub (There are specific instructions on each tube for drying times)

Come back to our blog every Thursday for our homeowner tips of the week. From gardening, cleaning, DIY tricks and more! 

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Skiing and Snowboarding Safety

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

two children skiing and snowboarding Never ski or snowboard alone!

Although skiing and snowboarding can be loads of fun, there is always the risk of injury, but taking a few safety steps can help you and your family or friends have fun and be safe! 

Most skiing or snowboarding related injuries occur during a fall or a crash. Learning how to fall correctly can help prevent you from getting any serious injuries. Click here to learn about some ways to properly brace yourself for a fall.

You should always have proper safety gear on while on the slopes. A helmet, goggles, and gloves. Even though it is cold, you should wear sunscreen as well to protect your skin from the wind and sun. 

If you are feeling tired at all, you should stop what you are doing. Like driving a car, it is dangerous to continue if you're drowsy. 

Some other tips to take into consideration:

  • Dress in layers
  • Never ski or snowboard alone
  • Follow the rules of the trails
  • Choose and stay on the trail that matches your skill level
  • Beginners should take a lesson first
    • Experienced skiers and snowboarders could also benefit from a refresher course 
  • Be sure you know how to get on and off the ski lift safely

Sewage Backups - Swansea

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Coming home to a flooded room/s in your house is bad enough, but then realizing it’s sewage, you have a way bigger problem. This type of water damage requires expert knowledge of handling and cleaning biohazardous materials such as sewage. Our crews will follow the right steps to get your home safe and back to how it was!

What can I do?

You may be able to handle a smaller flood yourself with a wet/dry vac, but if it is a sewer backup, there are 1 too many health risks for you to be handling this on your own. Make sure to:

  • Turn off the main power to your home
  • Stay away from the water!
  • Evacuate the home
  • Call your insurance company and a reputable sewage cleanup company.
    • (508) 223-0505

What do we do?

Get rid of the water

Our crew will start by evaluating the water damage. Then they will use the necessary equipment that is able to come in contact with the sewage. Then they will begin to pump and extract the water from your house.

Drying

Just getting the water out of the house isn’t enough. Sewer backups require industrial strength fans to properly dry the area. The crews will also use dehumidifiers to eliminate any possible mold growth.

Sanitizing

Once there is absolutely no moisture left from the flood, the affected area/s will need to be sanitized and cleaned.  They will use chemicals to kill any harmful materials left behind. Even water from a flooded toilet could cause serious health concerns.

Sewage cleanup is NECESSARY if black water is involved. The bacteria from black water can cause you and your family to become seriously ill. Make sure you contact us right away if you experience a sewer backup in your home or business!

(508) 223-0505 and visit our website for more information! https://www.SERVPROtheattleboros.com/sewage-cleanup

Deodorizing your Swansea apartment

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Apartments around the Attleboro area are quite common. With this being said, that means our restoration services need to be able to handle smaller sized housing, but with the same level of efficiency and care as they would use for a large commercial building.

After a fire happens in your Swansea apartment, there can be many things damaged that need to be fixed as soon as possible. One of the most challenging concerns can be the smell of smoke that can just linger throughout the entire apartment. Smoke is capable of getting into wall cavities and effect the neighbors if the fire itself didn’t get into their apartment.

We have several choice for an effective deodorization after a fire in your Swansea apartment. When it comes to the smaller size of an apartment, we need to choose more direct routes for neutralizing odors, such as foggers.

Foggers play a huge role in reducing odors following a fire in your apartment. The odors from a fire are usually the strongest at the origin point of the fire. The foggers heat deodorization agents into a vapor and disperse it through the space surrounding the fogger. Since it is vaporized, it can penetrate materials such as clothing, carpets, and upholstery better.

Typically, our teams will demo the room/s of your apartment first before any actual deodorization. This is because materials that are charred just staying there are also players in producing the strong odor. Removing the damaged materials can help limit the strong smoke odors.

Deodorization is a standard procedure following each apartment fire loss. Call SERVPRO of the Attleboros and we’ll make it “Like it never even happened." (508) 223-0505. For more information about our fire restoration services click here

Protecting your Dighton business from flood damage.

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

When a storm hits, there’s a possibility of it flooding your business, always be prepared and remember to call us! (508) 223-0505.

Whether you have run your business for 50 years or 2 years, flood damage is the last thing you want! Every business and home is susceptible to flooding, even if it’s nowhere near a body of water. Your business and appliances can easily be ruined and leaving you and your employees wondering what to do now.

Flooding can occur anywhere. Flooding is usually caused by extreme precipitation. You may think if your business is not in a “high risk” flood area, you shouldn’t be insured against flood damage, but that is a very good thing to consider looking into. Commercial flood insurance can make a difference between re-opening or closing down ?

Protecting your small Dighton business:

  • Have a business continuity plan. This is a strategy for recovering your business in the event of a disaster. An effective plan builds upon:
    • Identify your risks or threats
    • Identify critical business functions and processes & resources needed for them.
      • Answering phones
      • Running equipment
    • Adopt controls to prevent or reduce a disasters impact on your business.
      • Keep paper copies of digital files elsewhere.
    • Test your plan

Click here for more information about business continuity planning.

  • Purchase flood insurance. Most standard business insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Purchasing flood insurance if you are not in a high-risk area could cause you less than if you were.
  • Prepare your property.
    • Basements are very vulnerable to flood damage.
      • Fill any cracks on the walls.
      • Make the landscape such so that water runs away from the building.
      • Install a sump pump (if you haven’t already)
      • Move equipment, documents, inventory… to a higher location other than the basement.

Flooding is a huge challenge that small business owners face. But, by taking proactive measures, you can minimize any potential damage that may occur. 

If your Dighton business suffers from flood, storm, or water damage, call us 24/7 at (508) 223-0505 and visit our website for more information and tips.

SERVPRO of the Attleboros is proud to serve our local communities and small businesses

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Kicks Off December 30

Annual college bowl game honors the everyday heroes in hometowns across the country

Attleboro, MA (Grassroots Newswire) December 10, 2019 -- SERVPRO is proud to present the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, scheduled to kick-off on December 30, 2019, at 12:30 ET at the Gerald J. Ford Stadium, located on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in University Park, Texas. This is the second annual SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, and it honors the sacrifice and service of those who stand as the first line of defense in local communities – the brave men and women who respond when the unexpected or the unthinkable happens, says Don McKendall of SERVPRO of the Attleboros. This year’s game, televised by ESPN, will feature the Western Michigan University Broncos and the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers.

This year, SERVPRO asked their franchisees nationwide to submit the name of a local first responder to be considered for special recognition at this year’s game. SERVPRO has selected one first responder from this group of nominees to be honored with an award during a presentation on the field at the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. In addition to the award presentation, SERVPRO will provide the selected first responder with complimentary airfare, accommodations, and tickets for the game.

Even if you can’t attend the game, you can still participate. Attleboro area residents who wish to honor the dedication of these hometown heroes across the country may purchase a “Sponsor a Responder” ticket for $15 at https://www.firstresponderbowl.com/first-responders-1 to help send a first responder to the game for free. According to McKendall, SERVPRO’s goal is to distribute more than 10,000 complimentary SERVPRO First Responder Bowl tickets to first responders and their families nationwide. Everyone who chooses to “Sponsor a Responder” will be recognized on the stadium’s video board during the game.

First responders - including police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue teams, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents, and military personnel—may register to receive complimentary tickets at https://reservations.aresttravel.com/attraction/single/7045/1425.

“Every day, across the nation, ordinary people make an extraordinary commitment to their friends and neighbors to put themselves in harm’s way when the unexpected happens,” said Rick Isaacson, CEO of SERVPRO Industries, LLC. “The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is one way we celebrate these dedicated first responders and their families as the hometown heroes they are.”

SERVPRO specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of the Attleboros, please contact Don McKendall at (508) 223-0505 or don@SERVPROmckendall.com. For more information about SERVPRO, please visit https://www.SERVPRO.com.

About SERVPRO

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO franchise system is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO system has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

4 Types of Smoke Damage - Berkley, MA

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

The 4 types of smoke damage

Smoke and soot residue is one of the toughest challenges of restoration after a fire damage. We will determine how to restore your property by first determining what type of residue was left behind. Some types are easier to clean than others.

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we use a variety of techniques to eliminate the different types of smoke damage/ residue from your Berkley home or business.

The four categories that smoke and soot residue can fall into are:

  1. Dry residue – dry and powdery residue. Easier to clean if on the surface. Can fall into cracks or get into upholstery and other porous materials.
  2. Wet residue – thick, black smoke. Leaves a thick sticky residue with a strong smelling odor.
  3. Protein residue- almost invisible residue, will discolor paints, produces a very strong, unpleasant odor.
  4. Fuel oil residue- thick smoke, usually takes more time to clean, the residue will be greasy

Dry and wet smoke residue

Every fire generates some type of wet and dry residue. Some may produce more of one than the other. If the fire is fast and has an abundance of oxygen supply, it deposits dry residue. Fires that burn slower and have less oxygen produce mostly wet residue.

Wood, cork, and paper produce a dry smoke. Synthetic materials such as plastic and  fabrics will produce wet smoke.

Protein residue

When meat, beans etc., catches on fire it will leave a grease- looking residue. This usually takes a bit longer to clean than dry or wet residues due to its greasy nature.

Fuel oil residue

This is usually seen less often, it is produced from a furnace puff-back. This produces a thick smoke due to the fuel oil not fully burning. This residue can also be very greasy and time consuming to clean.

Call SERVPRO of the Attleboros if you have recently experienced a fire to your home or business, we will clean and restore your property and make it “Like it never even happened.” (508) 223-0505 and visit our https://www.SERVPROtheattleboros.com/fire-repair-process website for more fire damage restoration info!

We always want you and your families and businesses to be as safe as possible! ??