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5 things to know about mold

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

Here are 5 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. 

5: Carpeting 

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. 

Pipes Burst in Seekonk MA, Office Building

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

Pipes can burst any time of the year, mostly due to water pressure, corrosion and movement. If a pipe bursts in your office building in Seekonk, MA it is best to know what to do when it happens.

What to do if you have a burst pipe:

  1. Look for damp patches on walls, ceilings, and floors
  2. Look for loss of water pressure and unusual noises in the system.
  3. Clean the excess water away as soon as possible to reduce more damage.
  4. Move Furniture and belongings away from the affected area.

Call your insurance company and SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we work hand and hand with insurance companies. 

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 223-0505

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for water damage emergencies.

  • We are water damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

Preventing storm damage in your Berkley, Ma home

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Storm damage can be a huge hassle, and no one wants to receive storm damage, especially when it is least expected. Although you can get damaged at any time, there are natural ways you can do to prevent storm damage in your home. Here are some simple tips and tricks to ensure less damage.

  • Inspect your roof and chimney.

The roof is the most important part of your house. It is important to check out your roof to make sure you don’t have any damaged, loose, or missing shingles or tiles. Another component on the roof is the chimney. The chimney receives more damage than the roof because it stands taller. Making sure your chimney has no cracks or broken masonry work will help prevent possible leakage.

  • Maintain trees and vegetation.

Having a beautiful lawn with bushes and trees is lovely, but keep in mind that plants and trees can cause damage to your house if not maintained. Make sure to minimize vegetation near utility pipes and make sure roots don’t damage your pipes and water line.

  • Clean gutters and downspouts.

Gutters will help collect all the water from your roof. Over time, your gutters will fill up with leaves, seeds, and other debris causing a blockage. It is important to clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure the water can flow easily.

Why use SERVPRO of the Attleboros for water damage restoration

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial or residential - Let us help clean up the disaster

We offer 24-hour Emergency Service

At SERVPRO of Attleboros, we have mastered our services within repairing and restoring water damage.  We offer many water damage services including, flooding, leaky pipes, basement water flooding, soaking wet carpets/upholstery, and more. 

Our team at SERVPRO of the Attleboros is always ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We work locally around Attleboro and around the areas of North Attleboro, MA, Pawtucket, MA, Seekonk, MA, Swansea, Ma, and many more locations.

Why you should choose SERVPRO of the Attleboros.

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for water damage or water damage emergencies.

  • We are water damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

  • We use advanced drying equipment.

SERVPRO of the Attleboros will arrive and are ready to start the process of any water damage emergency. 

Tips on what you should do and not do after a flooding.

12/30/2021 (Permalink)

After having a flood on your property or any water damage situation, you should learn what to do after flooding and learn what not to do after flooding. Below is a list of 5 things you should and shouldn’t do after a flood.

What to do after flooding:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove excess water on furniture and prop up upholstery and cushions.
  • Gather loose items from the floors.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn on air conditioning for maximum drying.

What not to do after flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place
  • Don't leave items on the wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use a household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use any household appliances that have been in contact with the water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 223-0505

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for water damage emergencies.

  • We are water damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

Norton, Wrentham, Mansfield, Taunton, Fall River, Seekonk, Swansea...we are ready to help!! 

Why choose SERVPRO of The Attleboros

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

We offer 24-hour Emergency Service

SERVPRO of The Attleboros is a disaster restoration company. We offer 24-hour emergency service just to help you. We clean and restore damage to your home or commercial building from water, fire, or storm damage, as well as do numerous different jobs for cleaning such as mold removal, cleaning carpets, cleaning air ducts, and more. 

At SERVPRO of The Attleboros, we work in many different locations all over the Attleboros and surrounding towns some areas which including; Seekonk MA, Swansea MA, Blackstone MA, and many more towns.

Why you should act fast and call SERVPRO of The Attleboros

In many cleaning and restoration situations, action is needed quickly. Acting quickly to your damage will help ensure the damage doesn’t get any worse than what it already was. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

We are here to help and we will try to make for the day with a rainbow.

SERVPRO of The Attleboros team will arrive and restore quickly "Like it never even happened." If you have needed emergency service, We direct bill your insurance company: AMICA - Chubb - Bunker Hill - Nationwide - New London County - Narraganset Bay - The Main Street Assurance Group - National Grange - Liberty Mutual - Foremost  - Safeco - Met Life - Travelers - American Modern Home - Plymouth Rock Assurance - Arbella Insurance -Pure Insurance

Call us 24/7 at 508-223-0505

Storm Damage in Attleboro, Ma.

12/17/2021 (Permalink)

The Attleboros get hit with many different types of storms including thunderstorms, hurricanes, winter storms, and a tornado once in a while. As much as we can not do too much to stop a storm from hitting us, we can help with storm damage. Knowing to call SERVPRO of the Attleboros for your remediation services can save you future stress and vulnerability.

How we can help Attleboro storm damage.

  • We are available for 24/7 emergency service
  • Our team is a quick responder and will help prevent secondary damage in the future.
  • We are highly trained storm damage specialists.
  • We have the resources to handle storm and disaster damage.

We can be your master of service during the disaster cleanup and make your day brighter.

Attleboro, Seekonk, Swansea, Norton Ma.

We are here for you 24/7 

SERVPRO of The Attleboros 508-223-0505

Tips for water damage in your Attleboro, MA property.

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

If you have spotted signs of water damage be sure to get it fixed because water damage can cause more issues and problems without being treated. When you have water damage be sure to follow these tips and tricks:

  • Shut off the water source if possible.
  •  Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpeting.

Commercial buildings, commercial property, condominiums, residential homes can help try to make your day brighter. Norton - Wrentham - Seekonk - Swansea - Somerset - Fall River - Mansfield.

When the flood happens we will be there!!

If you need disaster cleanup call 508-223-0505

Signs to tell you have water damage.

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

There are many different types of water damage situations, after a thunderstorm or large rainstorm you may encounter water damage in your house or property. You may get a basement flood situation or a small water leakage coming from groundwater. A way you can tell if you have water damage is a squishy wet carpet. 

When water has affected the carpet you can usually see water stains but if you cannot it would be wet and the water will seep into the padding of the carpet.

When water damage hits, don’t wait, SERVPRO of the Attleboros will arrive and are ready to start the process of any water damage emergency.  

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 223 - 0505

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for water damage or water damage emergencies.

  • We are water damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

  • We use advanced drying equipment.

Ways to prevent a fire in your Seekonk, MA home

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

Anyone knows that a fire can be scary to imagine your home stuffing from the disaster as fires can cause little or large damage. Although you can’t control everything, there are some easy things you can do to reduce the risk of a fire.

  • Check your smoke alarms regularly

If you don’t have smoke alarms, be sure to get them installed. If you have fire alarms check the batteries to make sure they are working.

  • Inspect your heating sources

Whether that be cleaning your air filters, unplugging your space headers after use. Not leaving your indoor fireplace unattended.

  • Check your dryer.

Be sure to always empty out the lint basket before putting a new load in.

  • Maintain your cord

Keep your wires/cords well kept, and clean. Make sure the hot cords are not touching anything that could cause a spark.

If you suffer a fire, smoke, soot disaster call us right away and we will help you.

Why use SERVPRO of The Attleboros

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

Why use SERVPRO of The Attleboros for commercial or residential water disaster clean-up?

SERVPRO has been around for a very long time quietly being out there taking care of commercial & residential disaster cleanup 24/7. We help businesses and homeowners clean up after water damage, fire damage, smoke damage, and many more services. 

If it happens, SERVPRO of The Attleboros can clean it up and work with the insurance company to get an agreed scope of work to get you back to preloss condition.

Let us help you and try to make your day brighter and let Brain come out to help fast. We always can be your single source for all the disaster cleanups and we try to clean with care.

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 223-0505

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for fire damage or soot damage emergencies.

  • We are fire damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

Commercial Fire Disaster Cleanup | MA

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

When a fire occurs in a commercial building, the soot and smoke can affect a large area of the space. At SERVPRO of The Attleboros, we are fire disaster cleanup professionals, and we will make sure to clean up “Like it never even happened.”

Disaster cleanup after fires requires several steps to clean it up correctly. When soot and smoke are attached to the surfaces, the longer it sits the more difficult it is to remove and clean. The surfaces must be wiped down with the proper cleaning agents and most times it requires several wipes down and cleaning. If soot webs are present then HEPA vacuuming is required first before the actual cleaning process. Contents have to be covered and protected while the surfaces are being cleaned to protect them from cross-contamination.

Air scrubbers are set up to assist in cleaning the air particles as the rest of the cleaning process is being completed.

What to do when your commercial building is struck by vandals

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

As a business owner or property manager, you probably try to focus on the positives rather than the negatives of owning/running a business or property. Hearing or seeing that your commercial building has been covered in graffiti, has broken windows, among other things can be quite devastating. That's why, at SERVPRO of The Attleboros, we offer vandalism cleanup services.

When you contact us to clean up after vandals have struck, we will handle 

  • Broken glass 
  • Cleaning and graffiti removal 
  • Odor removal 
  • Removal of any damaged materials
  • Any water fire or mold damage restoration 

We don't just repair the property, we'll clean up too, we can't leave you with restored property and debris everywhere!

Vandalism isn't only graffiti, it can also include 

  • Cutting or pulling up plants or trees
  • Egging
  • Breaking windows
  • Arson 
  • Tagging/spray painting
  • Keying 
  • Ransacking
  • Purposely flooding
  • Among many others, these are the most common

Need Office fire restoration in Attleboro, MA

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

If your office, retail space, or other commercial property, unfortunately, suffers from a fire, you can count on SERVPRO of The Attleboros to be there to help! 

After the fire:

Immediately contact your insurance provider/ insurance agent and report the fire. 

  • Shut off any utilities

Shutting off all the utilities can prevent any possible secondary damage. Gas and electricity can be shut off right at the meter, and you can shut the water off using the main shutoff valve. 

If you have a SERVPRO ERP, it will outline every location of any important shutoff switches or valves, making it much easier for you! 

SERVPRO of The Attleboros will arrive and are ready to start the process of any fire and soot damage emergency.  

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 223-0505

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for fire damage or soot damage emergencies.

  • We are fire damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

What happens after Storm and Water Damage.

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

After a water loss, one of the main challenges that need to be addressed is the water! Standing water can also lead to musty smells and mold growth…both of which nobody wants in their Attleboro business. As an Attleboro business owner, it’s important for you to be aware and prepared for what to do/ what we can do to help after a flood or other water damage to your property.

  • Water extraction

When you call us after you experience any water damage, we’ll start by getting rid of all standing water to reduce the initial and secondary damage.

  • Cleaning and disinfecting

After the water is gone, our technicians will begin cleaning and disinfecting the area. This is also an effort to reduce the musty odor!

  • Drying

Typically right after the water is extracted, we will place our drying equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers to start the drying process.

SERVPRO of The Attleboros will arrive and are ready to start the process of any fire and soot damage emergency.  

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 223-0505

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for fire damage or soot damage emergencies.

  • We are fire damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

Preventing water damage in fall 2021.

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

As we move into the fall season, we are almost excited for apple cider, leaves changing, cool air, and sweater weather! Although fall is an amazing season, as homeowners there are some things you should check off your list before this season.

Gutters:

It has already been a pretty rainy summer, with fall around the corner and cooler weather, we are going to see more rain. As the leaves change and slowly fall off, they can clog the gutter and downspout. Remember to keep them clean this season.

Hurricane Season:

Our hurricane season runs from June to November, so we are in the midst of it. We have already been hit with a few hurricanes, so always remembering to prevent your home from damage is important.

Pipes

Pipes are something that you can easily just look over. Getting them checked and keeping an eye on them for any signs of cracks or leaks is very important. If you do catch a leak early, you'll be able to prevent further damage and any in the future. 

Gaps

Seal any gaps. Gaps can be a roadway for rodents and insects. As the weather gets colder, animals like mice are trying to warm up, too, and your home looks like just the place for them if there's a way in. 

By taking these simple maintenance tips, you can prevent further damage in your home! If you do experience water damage this fall, SERVPRO of The Attleboros is here to help! 

Why your business should use SERVPRO of The Attleboros

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of the Attleboros has mastered our skills and services to please our clients and customers. At our company, we offer numerous services; our most popular are; water damage, fire damage, and storm damage. we also do other services such as air duct cleaning, sewage, crime, and other biohazards.

Why you should choose SERVPRO of The Attleboros.

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works fast and are always ready for any cleanup or restoration damage

  • We are cleanup and damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

  • We have and use advanced equipment.

Have a Damage Emergency? Call (508) 223-0505

When water damage hits, don’t wait, SERVPRO of the Attleboros will arrive and are ready to start the process of any damage emergency, "Like it never even happened."  

5 Tips to prevent a house fire.

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

Anyone knows that a fire can be a scary thing that can happen to your home. To help prevent a fire that can easily happen, here are 5 tips you should do regularly.

  • Check your smoke alarms regularly

If you don’t have smoke alarms, be sure to get them installed. If you have fire alarms check the batteries to make sure they are working.

  • Inspect your heating sources

Whether that be cleaning your air filters, unplugging your space headers after use. Not leaving your indoor fireplace unattended.

  • Check your dryer.

Be sure to always empty out the lint basket before putting a new load in.

  • Maintain your cord

Keep your wires/cords well kept, and clean. Make sure the hot cords are not touching anything that could cause a spark. 

Summer Bonfire Safety Tips

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

When the summer comes around it is very common to see or have lots of bonfires. Although these fires can just be a small backyard fire some can be a larger fire at a campground. When having a bonfire it is best to know some safety tips.

  1. Only burn dry materials.
  2. Check for cables or wire lines overhead.
  3. Keep a water source nearby.
  4. Make sure the fire is at a minimum distance of 5x its height from any structure.

If fire damage has caused damage to your property, call SERVPRO of the Attleboros and we will be ready to help restore your property and needs like they never happened.

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 223-0505

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for fire damage emergencies.

  • We are fire damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

What to do and not do with storm flooding.

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

After having a flood on your property, you should learn what to do after a storm flooding and learn what not to do after flooding. Below is a list of 5 things you should and shouldn’t do after a flood.

What to do after flooding:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove excess water on furniture and prop up upholstery and cushions.
  • Gather loose items from the floors.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn on air conditioning for maximum drying.

What not to do after flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place
  • Don't leave items on the wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use a household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use any household appliances that have been in contact with the water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet

Storm Damage Tips for Attleboro, MA.

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage can be a huge hassle, and no one wants to receive storm damage, especially when it is least expected. Although you can get damaged at any time, there are natural ways you can do to prevent storm damage in your home. Here are some simple tips and tricks to ensure less damage.

  • Inspect your roof and chimney.
  • Maintain trees and vegetation.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts.
  • Remember to check your attic.

When storm damage hits, don’t wait, SERVPRO of the Attleboros will arrive and are ready to start the process of any water damage emergency.  

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 223-0505

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for water damage or water damage emergencies.

  • We are water damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

  • We use advanced drying equipment.

Working in Attleboro MA, Seekonk MA, Berkley MA, Dighton MA, and more.

Norton what your business should do after a flooding.

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we understand how crucial it is to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible after any damage. 

There are a few things you can do or check on to make sure there are no injuries to you or your employees:

  • Is it safe to stay in the commercial or reddientail property?
  • Try to remove some water by mopping
  • Wipe water from desks, tables, etc...
  • Remove any important documents (if possible) to a dry, safe area of the building
  • Move any loose items from the floor (if possible) 

It is imperative that you stay out of any room where the ceiling is sagging. This can be dangerous. 

If your Attleboro business suffers from any size water damage, be sure to call us at (508) 223-0505. We know damage doesn't wait for normal business hours, so we don't either, we're here 24/7 for YOU! Norton, Mansfield, Swansea, Seekonk Wrentham, we are ready to make your day.

Different types of smoke damage in your property.

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

When fire damage affects your commercial or reddientail property, a large amount of smoke damage is leftover by charred flames, causing a lingering effect of smoke. There are four different types of smoke damage that can be caused by fire damage. Fueling materials and different locations.

  • Dry Smoke

Dry smoke is created by fast-burning, high-temperature fires that are typically fueled by paper or wood.

  • Protein Residue

Protein residue is created when organic material evaporates during a low-heat fire. This is common when a cooking mishap causes a blaze in the kitchen.

  • Fuel/Oil residue

When a furnace has a “puff back” where it doesn’t ignite properly and ultimately releases smoke and soot into the surrounding space in the form of a small leak or even minor explosion.

  • Wet Smoke

Wet smoke damage comes from low-heat, smoldering fires, commonly when burning plastic and rubber.

If smoke damage has caused damage to your property, call SERVPRO of the Attleboros and we will be ready to help restore your property and needs "Like it never even happened."

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 223-0505

Commercial Office Buildings

Commercial Warehouse

Apartment Buildings

Commercial Condos

City or Town Facilities

Hospitals

Office complexes

We are here for you!

What to do before a hurricane hits Attleboro, MA

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

When hurricane season begins, you should begin to prepare yourself for a hurricane. Doesn’t matter how small or large, a hurricane could possibly impact you. We will be sharing tips to help.

  1. Start by creating an emergency plan for your family and include emergency meeting places.
  2. Have an emergency kit. This could include a backpack, water, non-perishable food, a blanket, etc.
  3. Review your insurance. Look at your policies ahead of time to see what’s covered.
  4. Have an evacuation plan, plan your route, and have an alternate route too.
  5. Get your home ready. Trim your trees and board up your windows.
  6. Know your risks. Hurricanes produce heavy rain, flooding, and strong winds.

If a hurricane hits, and you have storm flood damage Norton, Seekonk, Swansea, Wrentham, Mansfield call SERVPRO of The Attleboros . We will be ready to help restore your property and needs. Commercial or residential anywhere in Massachusetts we are ready.  

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 223-0505

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for storm damage emergencies.

  • We are storm damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

How small leaks can lead to more damage.

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

Small leaks and spills can lead to major damage if not tended to. Leaving water leaks as it is or no cleaning up after a spill can cause mold to form, as well as possibly structure damage to your floors, walls, and insulation.

Not every spill and leak is serious enough to call a professional water cleaning company, but it is important to know how to properly care for one. Acting quickly can help ensure no possible second damages.

Some things to help clean up leaks are:

  • Shop vacuum
  • Towels
  • Box or ceiling fans
  • Dehumidifier

If a small leak becomes serious, call SERVPRO of the Attleboros. We will be ready to help restore your property and needs.

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 223-0505

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for water damage emergencies.

  • We are water damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

Norton Wrentham Mansfield Taunton Fall River Seekonk Swansea...we are ready to help !! 

Preparing your business from a tropical storm.

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Summer is just around the corner which means hurricane and tropical storm season is about to begin. When the season begins, you should begin to prepare yourself and your business in case of emergencies. Doesn’t matter how small or large, any large storm could possibly impact you. 

How to prepare your business:

  1. Start off by creating an emergency plan for your employers.
  2. Make backups for assets and protect data, equipment, technology, products, etc.
  3. Fortify your locations.
  4. Keep your people aware.

If a storm hits, and you have storm damage, call SERVPRO of The Attleboros. We will be ready to help restore your property and needs.

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 223-0505

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for storm damage emergencies.

  • We are storm damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

Use SERVPRO of The Attleboros for hurricane damage.

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane season is upcoming soon, be prepared for your property to get hit. No matter where you are when hurricane season begins, you should begin to prepare yourself for a hurricane. Doesn’t matter how small or large, a hurricane could possibly impact you. 

When a hurricane hits and impacts your property, don’t wait, SERVPRO of The Attleboros will arrive and are ready to start the process of any damage emergency.  

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 223 - 0505

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for water damage or water damage emergencies.

  • We are water damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

  • We use advanced drying equipment.

Preventing soot damage in your house | Attleboro, MA.

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Soot stains can be an eyesore for some people, and large amounts of soot can cause health effects. Soot comes from many things including; gas fireplaces, wood fireplaces/stoves, and candles.

How to Prevent Soot Stains:

  • Get your chimney inspected.
  • Provide proper airflow.
  • Only burn seasonal wood.

When a fire happens, SERVPRO of The Attleboros will arrive and are ready to start the process of any fire and soot damage emergency.  

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 223-0505

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for fire damage or soot damage emergencies.

  • We are fire damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

We direct bill your insurance company:

  • Chubb
  • Preferred Mutual
  • USAA
  • Catholic Mutual 
  • AMICA
  • Safety Insurance
  • Arabella Insurance
  • Bunker Hill Insurance Company
  • Peerless Insurance Company
  • Foremost Insurance Company
  • Safeco
  • New London Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Philadelphia Insurance
  • Modern Home
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Narragansett Bay Insurance Company
  • The Hartford
  • Pure Insurance Company  

What to do if your business gets hit with storm flooding in Attleboro, MA?

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

If you're used to Attleboro, MA weather, then you probably know that this weather can be unexpected, and downright stressful to get hit with flooding damages. Knowing to call SERVPRO of The Attleboros for your remediation services can save you future stress and vulnerability. 

If you get hit with storm flooding here are some tips to do after flooding:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in the summer
  • Gather loose items from the floors

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, any wet upholstery, furniture, boxes, files, and documents can be saved and dried professionally by us. 

Don’t wait and call SERVPRO of the Attleboros. We will arrive and are ready to start the process of any flood damage.  

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 223- 0505

Fire safety tips for using an air fryer in Berkley, MA.

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

If you know, lately air fryers have been trending on the internet. It is now the new thing everyone and people love the new craze of quick-cooking food. Like any electronic machine, they can cause a fire. Follow these tips to ensure fire safety when cooking.

Don't:

  1. Use cooking sprays with propellants, aerosol sprays, or chemical-based non-stick sprays.
  2. Don’t leave your air fryer plugged in when not in use.
  3. Don’t use perforated parchment paper at high heat without having food over it
  4. Don’t overcrowd the air fryer basket

Do:

  1. Coat your food in a bit of oil before cooking your food.
  2. Do use accessories and inserts that are made for your air fryer.

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 223-0505

Have a frozen pipe? Use SERVPRO of The Attleboros.

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

When temperatures drop below freezing point, pipes have the chance of freezing in these temperatures. You may have a frozen pipe and currently are unsure whether it is frozen or not.

Tips to tell if pipes are frozen:

  1. There is frost on pipes
  2. It’s not at the right temperature
  3. Little to no water is flowing from drains.
  4. A strange smell is coming from the drain or faucet.

If your pipes have these signs, don’t wait, SERVPRO of The Attleboros will arrive and are ready to start the process of any frozen pipe damage. Like us try to make your day and have Brian come out fast.

If your pipes in your commercial office building, commercial property or residential home in Seekonk, Swansea, Milford, Mansfield, Norton, Wrentham, Franklin have these signs, don’t wait, SERVPRO of The Attleboros  will arrive and are ready to start the process of any frozen pipe damage.  

We direct bill your insurance company

  • Chubb
  • Preferred Mutual
  • USAA
  • Catholic Mutual 
  • AMICA
  • Safety Insurance
  • Arabella Insurance
  • Bunker Hill Insurance Company
  • Peerless Insurance Company
  • Foremost Insurance Company
  • Safeco
  • New London Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Philadelphia Insurance
  • Modern Home
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Narragansett Bay Insurance Company
  • The Hartford
  • Pure Insurance Company  

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 223- 0505

  • We are fast to any size disaster
  • We are water damage restoration specialists
  • We use advanced drying equipment.

Why use SERVPRO of The Attleboros for water damage

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

When water damage hits your home or business, don’t wait to get it fixed. Even just a small water damage can lead to a larger one in the future. It is best to call right away to get it fixed, to ensure the damage won’t create more problems.

If you decide to wait, water damage can cause you issues for more than over a week. These problems include damage to the walls, floors, upholstery, and other belongings. Sooner or later the walls will swell metal surfaces tarnish and furniture will begin to warp.

Enough water damage will create moisture in the air, a perfect hotspot for mold to start developing and later growing and spreading around the place. 

When water damage hits, don’t wait, SERVPRO of The Attleboros will arrive and are ready to start the process of any water damage emergency.  

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 223- 0505

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and are always ready for water damage or water damage emergencies.

  • We are water damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

  • We use advanced drying equipment.

If you need cleanup right away we can help.

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I have ceiling mold in my home office | Rehoboth.

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Mold is a growth of fungal hyphae that occurs in moist warm conditions, mostly grows on food or other organic materials, and can grow after untreated water damage. After the water has affected the ceiling, if you didn’t fix the water damage, mold can start growing.

If you start to notice black, grey, or green fuzzy spots it is best to call to get it inspected and removed. If untreated, mold can spread quickly throughout the house. You may not notice mold growing at first but mold has a smelly odor that comes from it.

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, can respond quickly, working to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the house. If you have spotted signs of mold growing on your ceiling. Be sure to call SERVPRO of The Attleboros. (508) 223-0505 and we work along with insurance companies such as Metlife, Farmers, Mass Fair Plan, and many more.

Pipes Burst in Swansea MA, Office Building

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Pipes can burst any time of the year, mostly due to water pressure, corrosion and movement. If a pipe bursts in your office building in Swansea, MA it is best to know what to do when it happens.

What to do if you have a burst pipe:

  1. Look for damp patches on walls, ceilings, and floors
  2. Look for loss of water pressure and unusual noises in the system.
  3. Clean the excess water away as soon as possible to reduce more damage.
  4. Move Furniture and belongings away from the affected area.

Call your insurance company and SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we work for hand and hand with insurance companies. If your office building has a pipe burst, be sure to call SERVPRO of The Attleboros for help. We have mastered our services and are available 25/7. Our team is quick to respond, faster to any disaster, and are highly trained.

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Preventing storm damage in your Seekonk, Ma home

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage can be a huge hassle, and no one wants to receive storm damage, especially when it is least expected. Although you can get damaged at any time, there are natural ways you can do to prevent storm damage in your home. Here are some simple tips and tricks to ensure less damage.

  • Inspect your roof and chimney.

The roof is the most important part of your house. It is important to check out your roof to make sure you don’t have any damaged, loose, or missing shingles or tiles. Another component on the roof is the chimney. The chimney receives more damage than the roof because it stands taller. Making sure your chimney has no cracks or broken masonry work will help prevent possible leakage.

  • Maintain trees and vegetation.

Having a beautiful lawn with bushes and trees are lovely, but keep in mind that plants and trees can cause damage to your house if not maintained. Make sure to minimize vegetation near utility pipes and make sure roots don’t damage your pipes and water line.

  • Clean gutters and downspouts.

Gutters will help collect all the water from your roof. Over time, your gutters will fill up with leaves, seeds, and other debris causing a blockage. It is important to clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure the water can flow easily.

Why you use SERVPRO of The Attleboros to clean your floors, walls, and ceiling?

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Carpets

Carpet in the house acts as a filter, over time it will trap dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. Cleaning your carpet will increase the lifespan of your carpet. At SERVPRO of The Attleboros, we offer five different types of cleanings for your carpet.

Hardwoods

Many homes have hardwood in their homes, it may look easy to clean hardwoods, however over time they will accumulate soil over time. Don’t worry though because our workers will clean and restore the beauty of your floors.

Walls and Ceiling

Most people never think to clean their walls or ceilings, which is why it should be a part of the cleaning process in your home. The perfect time to clean your walls is right before you plan to paint them. But once a year you should get them clean, to remove any dust, oils, smoke, pet fur that adheres to them over time.

We are here to help. Let us try to make your day brighter and we can be your master of service in Seekonk, Swansea, Norton, Plainville, Mansfield and Wrentham 24/7 Call 508-223-0505

we direct invoice your insurance company for our work

  • Chubb
  • Preferred Mutual
  • USAA
  • Catholic Mutual 
  • AMICA
  • Safety Insurance
  • MAPFRE Insurance
  • Arabella Insurance
  • Bunker Hill Insurance Company
  • Peerless Insurance Company
  • Foremost Insurance Company
  • Safeco
  • MAPFRE insurance
  • New London Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Philadelphia Insurance
  • Modern Home
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Narragansett Bay Insurance Company
  • The Hartford
  • Pure Insurance Company  
  • Pawtucket Mutual

Seekonk Mass What you should do and not do after a flooding

12/31/2020 (Permalink)

After having a flood on your property or any water damage situation, you should learn what to do after flooding and learn what not to do after flooding. Below is a list of 5 things you should and shouldn’t do after a flood.

What to do after flooding:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove excess water on furniture and prop up upholstery and cushions.
  • Gather loose items from the floors.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn on air conditioning for maximum drying.

What not to do after flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place
  • Don't leave items on the wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use a household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use any household appliances that have been in contact with the water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet

We work with these insurance companies as well as other. We direct bill them for the work we do.

  • Chubb
  • Preferred Mutual
  • USAA
  • Catholic Mutual 
  • AMICA
  • Safety Insurance
  • Arabella Insurance
  • Bunker Hill Insurance Company
  • Peerless Insurance Company
  • Foremost Insurance Company
  • Safeco
  • New London Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Philadelphia Insurance
  • Modern Home
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Narragansett Bay Insurance Company
  • The Hartford
  • Pure Insurance Company  

help make you day brighter and be your master of service. Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (508) 223-0505

Swansea Why choose SERVPRO of The Attleboros

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

We offer 24-hour Emergency Service

SERVPRO of The Attleboros is a disaster restoration company. We offer 24-hour emergency service just to help you. We clean and restore damage to your home or commercial building from water, fire, or storm damage, as well as do numerous different jobs for cleaning such as mold removal, cleaning carpets, cleaning air ducts, and more. 

At SERVPRO of The Attleboros, we work in many different locations all over the Attleboros and surrounding towns some areas which include; Seekonk MA, Swansea MA, Blackstone MA, and many more towns.

Why you should act fast and call SERVPRO of The Attleboros

In many cleaning and restoration situations, the action is needed quickly. Acting quickly to your damage will help ensure the damage doesn’t get any worse than what it already was. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

We are here to help and we will try to make for day with a rainbow.

SERVPRO of The Attleboros team will arrive and restore quickly "Like it never even happened." If you have need emergency service, We direct bill your insurance company: AMICA - Chubb - Bunker Hill - Nationwide - New London County - Narraganset Bay - The Main Street Assurance Group - National Grange - Liberty Mutual - Foremost  - Safeco - Met Life - Travelers - American Modern Home - Plymouth Rock Assurance - Arbella Insurance -Pure Insurance

Call us 24/7  508-223-0505

We are ready to help you:

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Storm Damage in Attleboro, Seekonk, Swansea, Norton Ma.

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

The Attleboros get hit with many different types of storms including thunderstorms, hurricanes, winter storms, and a tornado once in a while. As much as we can not do too much to stop a storm from hitting us, we can help with storm damage. Knowing to call SERVPRO of the Attleboros for your remediation services can save you future stress and vulnerability.

How we can help Attleboro storm damage.

  • We are available for 24/7 emergency service
  • Our team is a quick responder and will help prevent secondary damage in the future.
  • We are highly trained storm damage specialists.
  • We have the resources to handle storm and disaster damage.

We can be your master of service during the disaster cleanup and make your day brighter.

Attleboro, Seekonk, Swansea, Norton Ma.

We are here for you 24/7 

SERVPRO of The Attleboros 508-223-0505

Tips for water damage in your North Attleboro, MA property.

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

If you have spotted signs of water damage be sure to get it fixed because water damage can cause more issues and problems without being treated. When you have water damage be sure to follow these tips and tricks:

  • Shut off the water source if possible.
  •  Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpeting.

Commercial buildings, commercial property, condominiums, residential homes we can help try to make your day brighter. Norton - Wrentham - Seekonk - Swansea -Somerset - Fall River - Mansfield !!  When the flood happens we will be there !!

If you need disaster cleanup call 508-223-0505

Why use SERVPRO of the Attleboros for water damage restoration

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial or residential - Let us help clean up the distaster

We offer 24 hour Emergency Service

At SERVPRO of Attleboros, we have mastered our services within repairing and restoring water damage.  We offer many water damage services including, flooding, leaky pipes, basement water flooding, soaking wet carpets/upholstery, and more. 

Our team at SERVPRO of the Attleboros is always ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We work locally around Attleboro and around the areas of North Attleboro, MA, Pawtucket, MA, Seekonk, MA, Swansea, Ma, and many more locations.

Why you should choose SERVPRO of the Attleboros.

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for water damage or water damage emergencies.

  • We are water damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

  • We use advanced drying equipment.

SERVPRO of the Attleboros will arrive and are ready to start the process of any water damage emergency. 

We direct bill your insurance company such as:

  • Chubb
  • Preferred Mutual
  • USAA
  • Catholic Mutual 
  • AMICA
  • Safety Insurance
  • Arabella Insurance
  • Bunker Hill Insurance Company
  • Peerless Insurance Company
  • Foremost Insurance Company
  • Safeco
  • New London Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Philadelphia Insurance
  • Modern Home
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Narragansett Bay Insurance Company
  • The Hartford
  • Pure Insurance Company  

 If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 223-0505

Seekonk Do you have a squishy carpet from water damage?

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

There are many different types of water damage situations, after a thunderstorm or large rainstorm you may encounter water damage in your house or property. You may get a basement flood situation or a small water leakage coming from groundwater. A way you can tell if you have water damage is a squishy carpet. If you have a carpet in your house water damage will affect the carpet if it got hit directly or near.

When the water has affected the carpet you can usually see water stains but if you cannot it would be wet and the water will seep into the padding of the carpet. If water damage has affected your carpet it would be best to get the damage restored and cleaned.

If you suffer a commercial business or residential water damage disaster we are here to try to help make your day. 

We are ready to help:

Seekonk, Swansea, Fall River, Norton, Wrentham, Milford, Mansfield, Taunton

If you have water damage on your property, call SERVPRO of The Attleboros for help. (508) 223-0505

I have a strange odor in my Attleboro, MA house.

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

I have a strange odor in my Attleboro, MA house.

One thing you don't want to happen at your home is to have a usual odor.

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we're experts in odor neutralization and removal! 

Odors can come from both inside or outside the house. When you smell something, sometimes you can identify the scent, but other times you may be clueless as to the scent. Unusual odors could come from air ducts, mold, overheating electronics. 

Our team has the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these odors. By identifying the odor, no matter how strong our powerful products are capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize the unpleasant odor thoroughly over time. 

Call SERVPRO of the Attleboros at (508) 223-0505

https://www.SERVPROtheattleboros.com/odor-removal-deodorization

We want you safe, check your fire alarms | North Attleboro, MA

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Fires can be scary, and no one likes a fire starting in their house. Especially to imagine your home stuffing from the disaster as fires can cause little or large damage. Although you can’t control everything, SERVPRO of The Attleboros wants to make sure you're safe.

  • Check your smoke alarms regularly

If you don’t have smoke alarms, be sure to get them installed. If you have fire alarms check the batteries to make sure they are working.

What to do if you have water damage | Attleboro, MA

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

If you have spotted signs of water damage be sure to get it fixed because water damage can cause more issues and problems without being treated. When you have water damage be sure to follow these steps:

  1. Try and figure out where the leakage is coming from. 
  2. If you can shut off the water supply and electricity. 
  3. Identify the water type (Clear, Grey, Black).
  4. Call you insurance and local SERVPRO

If you have water damage, search up SERVPRO near me or call us directly at SERVPRO of the Attleboros, (508) 223-0505.

If you need cleanup right away we can help.

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Fall River 02724 Burst Pipes - What do you do??

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Fall River 02724 Commercial Office Burst Pipes - What do you do??

If a pipe burst happens try to turn off water lines going to the broken pipe.

Protect people from the water flooding from the ceilings and walls and keep everyone safe.

The next set would be to look for any hazards in the commercial building or residential home. Then get water out as fast as possible.

Call SERVPRO of The Attleboros

           508-223-0505

We will dispatch an emergency grew quickly and arrive on site and begin a disaster clean up plan and begin by extracting the water and protecting any contents and furniture.

Once the extraction is completed look and test walls for water inside.

Let us try to make your day and have Brian come out and try to be your single source for all your disaster restoration needs and work with your insurance company to get the approved scope accepted then carry out the plan.

Our goal is to get you back to your normal routine and get everything repaired.

Mansfield, Fall River, Taunton, Mansfield, we can help you!!

When the flooding happens

          we are there for you !!

SERVPRO of The Attleboros 508-223-0505

Wrentham Commercial Fire Disaster Cleanup

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Disaster Cleanup Wrentham Massachusetts

When a fire occurs the soot and smoke attached to the surfaces and the longer it sits on the surfaces the more difficult it is to remove and clean. 

Disaster cleanup after fires requires several steps to clean it up correctly. The surfaces must be wiped down wiped down with the proper cleaning agents and most times it requires several wipe down and cleaning. If soot webs are present then hepa vacuuming is required first then begin the actual cleaning process. Contents has to be covered and protected while the surfaces are cleaned to protect from cross contamination.

Air scrubbers are set up to assist in cleaning the air particles as the cleaning process is being completed 

If you suffer a commercial fire smoke damage and need disaster cleanup fast call

SERVPRO of The Attleboros 508-223-0505

We will clean with care and try to make you day better and we can be your single source for all you cleaning needs

we direct bill your insurance company like:

  • Chubb
  • Preferred Mutual
  • USAA
  • Catholic Mutual 
  • AMICA
  • Safety Insurance
  • Arabella Insurance
  • Bunker Hill Insurance Company
  • Peerless Insurance Company
  • Foremost Insurance Company
  • Safeco
  • New London Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Philadelphia Insurance
  • Modern Home
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Narragansett Bay Insurance Company
  • The Hartford
  • Pure Insurance Company  

Seekonk "Why use SERVPRO of The Attleboros"

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Seekonk "Why use SERVPRO of The Attleboros"

for commercial or residential water disaster clean up.

SERVPRO has been around for a very long time quietly being out there taking care of commercial & residential disaster cleanup 24/7.

We help businesses and homeowners clean up after a water damage, fire damage, smoke damage and a lot more.

If it happened SERVPRO of The Attleboros can probably clean it up and work with the insurance company to get an agreed scope of work to get you back to preloss condition.

Let us help you and try to make your day brighter and let Brain come out to help fast. We always can be your single source for all the disaster cleanups and we try to clean with care.

We direct bill insurance companies:

  • Chubb
  • Preferred Mutual
  • USAA
  • Catholic Mutual 
  • AMICA
  • Safety Insurance
  • Arabella Insurance
  • Bunker Hill Insurance Company
  • Peerless Insurance Company
  • Foremost Insurance Company
  • Safeco
  • New London Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Philadelphia Insurance
  • Modern Home
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Narragansett Bay Insurance Company
  • The Hartford
  • Pure Insurance Company  

call us 24/7

SERVPRO of The Attleboro 508-223-0505

My Seekonk, MA office is a little...smelly

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

One thing you don't want to happen at your place of business is for it to stink! 

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we're experts in odor neutralization and removal! 

Odors in your Seekonk, MA office can come from a number of sources, inside and out! Here at SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we've smelled it all, and can handle it all!

Sometimes the source of the odors can be one too many people heating up fish in the office microwave, or chemicals, or even air ducts and mold. 

A plastic-y smell could be from overheating electronics and possibly lead to a fire; if you smell this, try to find the source immediately. 

The first step we'll take is to identify the odors in your office building. Once they are identified, we will not mask the odors, we will remove them once and for all!

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate offensive odors. By determining the conditions and cause of the odor, we will determine which products and technology needs to be used to remove the odor completely! Let Paul Davis be there to be your master of service

We work with insurances all the time.

  • Chubb
  • Preferred Mutual
  • USAA
  • Catholic Mutual 
  • AMICA
  • Safety Insurance
  • Arbella Insurance
  • Bunker Hill Insurance Company
  • Peerless Insurance Company
  • Foremost Insurance Company
  • Safeco
  • New London Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Philadelphia Insurance
  • Modern Home
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Narragansett Bay Insurance Company
  • The Hartford

When you smell something a little funky, give us a call at 508-223-0505

My Dighton, MA office flooded...what do I do?

9/13/2020 (Permalink)

How do you set up SERVPRO ERP? Call our office today at 508-223-0505 to get started on setting up your SERVPRO ERP

Water damage can happen any time, it doesn't wait for your normal business hours. Pipes can burst and cause a ton of damage to your Dighton office building. 

You will probably ask yourself... what do I do now?!

Locate your water shut off, and shut the water off! It is very important to stop the source of damage as soon as possible to prevent any more damage.

Turn off any electrical systems (if possible) that can prevent shock. The safety of you and your employees should be the first thing that comes to mind in this type of situation. 

Once you have done these two things, give SERVPRO of the Attleboros a call. We're equipped and trained to restore your building to its preloss condition. We have technicians that are able to work any hour of the day or night, 24/7/365 to get you back in business!

Give us a call at 508-223-0505

When you're a business owner, it's important to always be prepared, that's why we offer the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile. A concise document of all emergency shut offs, emergency exits, contact phone numbers and much more! 

Call our office to set up your free  SERVPRO ERP today!!

Commercial fire damage restoration | Mansfield, MA

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

When your North Attleboro business suffers from a fire, every minute that your business is closed is lost money and lost clients. 

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we understand the urgency to get your business back up and running, that's why we're here 24/7. We will work after hours and throughout the night  if it means we can help you get back to business! 

Even if the fire didn't cause major structural damage, smoke and soot damage can be extreme, even if you can't see it. 

AT SERVPRO, we're experts in cleaning smoke damage as well as fire damage restoration.

Your commercial facility will be inspected and cleaned, as well as restored! We use a variety of different methods to clean and deodorize everything!

Fire damage is more than what has been burned 

  • Ash and smoke can cause corrosion and damage to other materials 
  • Smoke odors can be very unpleasant if left untreated 
  • Smoke causes etching in glass, as well as discoloration to walls, equipment and other surfaces 

Although each fire is not the same, the restoration process is typically the same because it is proven to help us as well as you!

  • Inspecting the damage
  • Identify the source of the fire
  • Identify any additional water damage that was caused by firefighting efforts
  • Remediate the water damage
  • Remove contents from the area or building

 These steps among others will help us help you get back to business!! Let Brian come out and make your day and let us be your master of service.

Call SERVPRO of the Attleboros at 508-223-0505, we're here to help!

we direct invoice your insurance for pour work:

  • Chubb
  • Preferred Mutual
  • USAA
  • Catholic Mutual 
  • AMICA
  • Safety Insurance
  • MAPFRE Insurance
  • Arabella Insurance
  • Bunker Hill Insurance Company
  • Peerless Insurance Company
  • Foremost Insurance Company
  • Safeco
  • MAPFRE insurance
  • New London Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Philadelphia Insurance
  • Modern Home
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Narragansett Bay Insurance Company
  • The Hartford
  • Pure Insurance Company  
  • Pawtucket Mutual

Commercial Certified SERVPRO Cleaned | Fall River, MA

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Although our local restaurants and stores have been open for a while now, at SERVPRO, we want everyone to be as safe as possible, which is why we offer Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned as a defensive cleaning program!

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that we offer for our local businesses and other commercial locations. This is a proactive cleaning program that will go way beyond what your day to day janitorial staff can handle. 

We want you, your employees, and guests to be as safe as possible during these uncertain times, so you can remain open 

As your #1 local choice for cleanup and restoration, we have more than 50 years of experience, training, and expertise to make your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Give us a call at 508-223-0505 with any questions about our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program or any of our other services! We're here to help!

What happens after water damage in your Attleboro home

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

After a water loss, one of the main challenges that needs to be addressed is, of course, the water! Standing water can also lead to musty smells and mold growth…both of which nobody wants in their Attleboro business.

We are in the midst of Atlantic hurricane season, and while it’s been quite warm, we have seen a few bad, rainy days and with the fall season approaching, we can expect some more. As an Attleboro business owner, it’s important for you to be aware and prepared for what to do/ what we can do to help after a flood or other water damage to your property.

Water extraction

When you call us after you experience any water damage, we’ll start by getting rid of all standing water to reduce the initial and secondary damage.

Cleaning and disinfecting

After the water is gone, our technicians will begin cleaning and disinfecting the area. This is also in efforts to reduce the musty odor!

Drying

Typically right after the water is extracted, we will place our drying equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers to start the drying process.

Our technicians will do daily checks to ensure the property is drying properly and is showing good levels of dryness!

Odor after water damage

Think about walking into an old basement…what do you smell?? Must… that’s because of all the moisture held down there. The same thing happens after a water damage, if any material is left the slightest bit damp, it will begin to stink.

Carpets, walls, furniture, and other material in your commercial space are likely to suffer from some damage if your building experiences any type of water damage. At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we’re equipped, experienced, and trained to eliminate any offensive odors after a water loss! We have numerous types of deodorants and techniques to make sure your commercial property is smelling “Like it never even happened.”

When it comes to water damage, it’s kind of difficult to determine the exact source of the odor, but at SERVPRO, we use HEPA air scrubbers to remove all those tiny little odor particles from the air. Sometimes we may even use a fogging method to neutralize odors.

If you experience any water damage, give us a call at (508) 223-0505

Back to the basics of water damage | Swansea, MA

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

water damage restoration experts Check on your pipes regularly so if there is a leak, you may catch it before it's too late!

Thinking about water damage, we know there are many many causes, but let's go into the basics of how water damage is typically caused in a Swansea residential (or commercial) space

Pipe burst - Commercial or Residential 

Leaking or burst pipes are probably one of the most common sources of water damage. It's probably what came to mind first for you! Toilet and sink drains can easily be clogged and backed up, causing a lot of pressure in the pipes, causing a burst or leak. Old, rusty pipes are also common causes of leaking or burst pipes. It's important for you to keep an eye on or regularly check on your pipes so if there is a leak, you may catch it sooner rather than later when it becomes a massive issue. 

Plumbing issues 

Typically plumbing issues are very hard to catch early due to the pipes being in the walls and under the sink. Checking around the plumbing in your bathroom (and kitchen) can, again, help detect early signs of a leak and prevent further damage. 

Appliances 

As your appliances get older, so do their inner workings and pipes. Just like the ones in your home system, the pipes can rust and leak or burst. Washing machines, water heaters, and dishwashers are a few of the most common culprits of water damage that we receive calls for here at SERVPRO of the Attleboros

HVAC unit 

If your HVAC unit isn't regularly maintained, it can cause you quite some issues, including water and mold damage. Two things you really don't want in your Attleboro home or business. 

Weather & storm 

With the unpredictable weather in New England, you can never be too prepared for any season. Make sure you take all precautions before a storm, whether it be snow, rain, or hail. Trim hedges and trees around your home, check for any leaks and cracks in the foundation or windows and doors. 

If you experience any water damage, no matter the cause, SERVPRO of the Attleboros is here to help! We're your local water damage restoration experts! 

We direct bill your insurance companies  like:

  • Chubb
  • Preferred Mutual
  • USAA
  • Catholic Mutual 
  • AMICA
  • Safety Insurance
  • Arabella Insurance
  • Bunker Hill Insurance Company
  • Peerless Insurance Company
  • Foremost Insurance Company
  • Safeco
  • New London Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Philadelphia Insurance
  • Modern Home
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Narragansett Bay Insurance Company
  • The Hartford
  • Pure Insurance Company  

Office cleaning hacks for your Attleboro commercial space

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

As an Attleboro business owner, especially now, it's important for you to have a professional clean and sanitize your office space, retail space, or other commercial properties. However, sometimes you can go the DIY route. 

Steam cleaning

According to the CDC , using steam to clean and sterilize is a safe and effective method. 

Baking soda

If your office kitchen is a bit...stinky... break out the baking soda! Baking soda is the MVP of household (or office) cleaning supplies. Sprinkle some baking soda around the sink, in the trashcan, and in the garbage disposal, if you have one! 

You can also add lemon or orange peels to the garbage disposal and run it to get rid of any foul smells. 

Vinegar

Vinegar is another MVP of household, natural cleaners. Vinegar can help break down gunk and even clean windows! If you need to get those windows streak free and you are in quite a pinch, use some vinegar and wipe away! 

Vinegar can also help remove pen marks, and liven up some old furniture. Use a combo of lemon oil and white vinegar, spray it on your wood surface of choice and use a microfiber cloth to wipe clean! 

Sticky Notes 

Sticky notes are, of course great for taking notes, but they're also great for cleaning up little messes! Using sticky notes to clean crumbs from your keyboard keys, or clean up little tiny messes is very handy and a quick hack! 

If any smells, messes, or other cleaning goes beyond what you can DIY or what your janitorial staff can handle, give SERVPRO of the Attleboros a call at 508-223-0505, we're here to help!!

We are ready to try to make your day and become your master of service

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Bathroom exhaust fan preventative maintenance | Rehboth, MA

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

Preventing fire damage from your bathroom exhaust fan You should clean your bathroom exhaust fan at least twice a year to remove any build up.

While your bathroom exhaust fan is great to prevent foggy mirrors and windows, reduce odors, and prevent a muggy room, they can be a major fire hazard!

Just like a regular fan, the exhaust fan can get clogged with dust and debris, causing lint. This lint can block  the fans ignition, causing a fire. Just how a dryer fire starts. Lint is a great fire starter, but not one you will want to use in your house.

To prevent bathroom exhaust fan fires you can

  • Clean and inspect the fan/s regularly
  • Turn the fan off when you don’t need it (showering, airing the room out…)

If you notice your fan has any visible damage, do not turn it on, it must be replaced before you use it again.

Inspecting your exhaust fan

Typically, you will just automatically be able to see or hear if there is a problem. You can see discoloration, dust, weird sounds, slow start up of the fan.

If you notice odd sounds when you flip the fan switch, such as scraping, this could mean the motor is in need of replacement. If you continue to operate the fan with an old motor, this can lead to overheating and eventually a fire. Which you do not want!

Due to a fans nature, you won’t really be able to smell a problem. If you have a feeling or see other signs of possible damage, it’s best to inspect or hire a professional, licensed electrician to take a look.

 Cleaning your bathroom exhaust fan 

Cleaning your bathroom exhaust fan regularly can prevent and help you recognize any damage before it’s too late.

Twice a year,  remove the cover for your fan, wash it with warm soapy water and let dry. You can use bleach to clean it, but soap and water will do just fine, too!

Check the ductwork behind the exhaust fan, this may require you to take the fan off, but removing the fan once a month is a heck of a lot better than having to deal with a fire, we think!

Install LED lightbulbs. This can save you on energy costs, and decrease the heat being thrown off by the bulb

If you have any concerns about your exhaust fan, it would be best to call a licensed electrician to come check it out!

If you experience a fire due to your bathroom exhaust fan, or any other reason, give SERVPRO of the Attleboros a call, we’re here to help!

508-223-0505

Preventing damage following a power outage | Mansfield, MA

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Preventing damage after a power outage - SERVPRO of the Attleboros Remember to stay informed during any storm, sign up for local alerts, and monitor the weather!

After a bad storm, no matter the season, you might lose power. If only for a few minutes or hours, or days... you should take proper precautions to prevent any fire damage after you get power back to your home (or business). 

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we know how power outages can go from inconvenient to damaging in no time. While it might not be the actual power outage causing damage, it can cause a domino effect and lead to other things. 

Preventing fire damage 

NEVER run a gas powered generator inside your home. This can cause carbon monoxide build up which can be dangerous to your health. And never use a gas powered stove or grill to warm your home. 

In the unfortunate situation where you may be cooking and the power goes out, be sure all stove units are off, as well as the oven.

Turn all knobs on the stove to be 100% positive they are off. 

Go around the house / building and check the smoke detectors to make sure they're in working order, in the case a fire does break out, you'll be alerted. While waiting for the power to turn back on, the last thing you'll want is a fire! 

Unplug appliances

Unplug all non-essential appliances like toasters, coffee makers, mixers, and electronics such as gaming consoles, computers, TV's etc. When the power does come back on, these could cause a surge that can cause damage. 

It's especially important to unplug appliances that don't have surge protection built in. 

After power is restored 

After you get your power back, take a walk in and around the house, check for any water leaks, functioning appliances, and check and extinguish any candles that are still lit for light. 

Keep our phone number handy if there is any damage, we're here to help!! 

508-223-0505, ready for whatever happens! 

Removing Permanent Marker Stains | Attleboro, MA

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Remove stains like a pro! Tackle those stains and show 'em who's boss!

We've all seen it...the moment when your child, grandchild, niece/nephew picks up that sharpie and writes on the 

  • Wall
  • Counter
  • Window
  • Couch 

(and anything else they can reach)

Panic probably sets in trying to get to the stain before it sets in.

That's what we're here to help with!! Here are some of our favorite DIY stain removal techniques for those marker, juice, and food stains!!

Removing permanent marker from walls

Grab your handy dandy toothpaste for this one! 

Toothpaste method: Put a small dab of white toothpaste with a cloth directly onto the affected area. Don't use gel toothpaste. Run to your local dollar store and grab a tube of regular white toothpaste. Use a circular motion to remove the mark and voila!! No more stain!

Be very careful when you're rubbing the walls, however. You won't want the paint to come off (unless you have the paint handy still, you can paint over it...in that case, paint over the stain itself)

Removing permanent marker from your countertops

So, you noticed some marker on your countertops... easy fix!!

Say you have quartz countertops... luckily for you that's one of the easier types to clean, but not the most stain proof. 

Bring out the toothpaste again!! Use the same method as the wall, let the toothpaste sit for 10 minutes then use a damp cloth to wipe clean! (This works for most tile floors too ;)

If your countertops are a lighter color, use lemon juice and salt.... yes...salt. Let it sit for an hour and wipe with a damp cloth!

Granite countertops: Use hydrogen peroxide... don't let it sit for too long though. 

Laminate countertops (and floors): Here's that toothpaste again!! Use toothpaste mixed with some baking soda, rubbing alcohol, or the handy dandy magic eraser!

Removing permanent marker from glass (dishes/windows...)

You have a handful of options here...

  • Toothpaste and baking soda (MVP's of this blog)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Nail polish remover 

Take your cleaner of choice, out it on a paper towel and wipe away those marks!! 

Removing permanent marker from your couch or other upholstered furniture

You'll need 

  • Vinegar
  • Water 
  • Dish washing soap 
  • Clean (white) cloths - White so you can see the stain lift! 
  • Rubbing alcohol 
  • Sponges

Mix together 1 tbsp of the dish soap, one tbsp vinegar, and two cups of cold water. 

Take a sponge and dip it into the mixture and dab it onto the marker spots until they're damp. Not soaked. Let this sit for 20-30 minutes and blot the stain every 5 minutes and watch that marker come out of the couch! 

Using your rubbing alcohol, use a new cloth and dab the alcohol around the stain, working from the outside in. Don't rub it in, dab it! 

If any stains of any kind have proven to be too much for you to DIY, give us a call at 508-223-0505, we're here to help!!

What you should know about mold | Dighton, MA

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Dighton, Massachusetts, do you know??

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. 

5: Carpeting 

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. 

Mold remediation 

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

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

North Attleboro

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! 

Spills

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! 

North Attleboro, South Attleboro, Norton, Wrentham, Seekonk and more we are here to help. We will try to make your day.

Call 508-223-0505 for any water damage, we'll make it "Like it never even happened." 

Staying safe during a heat wave | Swansea, MA

7/20/2020 (Permalink)

Staying safe during a heat wave 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. 

Heat stroke 

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. 

Heat Cramps

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.

Heat exhaustion 

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

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

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. 

Vacuuming 

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 

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!

Deep cleaning

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. 1 gallon of warm water 
  2. 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.  

Grout

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

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

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.

Fire cleanup go to: https://www.SERVPROtheattleboros.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

Tropical Storm Fay | What we can expect in Attleboro, MA

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Tropical Storm Fay what to expect in Attleboro 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

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

Preparing your commercial space for severe weather Call us at (508) 223-0505, we're here to help!!

North Attleboro 

South Attleboro

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 

  • Flashlights 
  • First aid kit
  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable food 
  • Batteries 
  • Blankets 

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!

We direct invoice your insurance company:

  • Chubb
  • Preferred Mutual
  • USAA
  • Catholic Mutual 
  • AMICA
  • Safety Insurance
  • Arabella Insurance
  • Bunker Hill Insurance Company
  • Peerless Insurance Company
  • Foremost Insurance Company
  • Safeco
  • New London Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Philadelphia Insurance
  • Modern Home
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Narragansett Bay Insurance Company
  • The Hartford
  • Pawtucket Mutual

SERVPRO of the Attleboros Fire Restoration Process

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

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."

Any where in Massachusetts - Seekonk Swansea Norton Mansfield Wrentham we can help you.

(508) 223-0505

Wet Insulation after a roof leak in Seekonk MA 02703

6/23/2020 (Permalink)

Should I replace wet insulation? The question is not 'can' it be saved, the question is 'should' it be saved??

When your roof leaks, oftentimes the insulation is one of the first things to experience some damage. 

There are two types of insulation that are the most common:

  • fiberglass
  • blown in loose full 

When insulation gets wet, it lowers its 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 a fire resistant helps 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 its 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!! 

Mansfield Massachusetts Handling Hoarding Situations

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Image of hoarding information: Hoarding is a disorder that may be present on its own or as a symptom of another disorder. 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

- Sanitize 

- Deodorize 

and more. 

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. 

Let us help you and clean up the disaster and try to make your day better

Don't hesitate to give us a call at (508) 223-0505. We're here to help! 

Preventing water damage at your Swansea business 02777

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage doesn't wait for you to be in the office or warehouse. As a business owner this can be a pretty stressful part of your day to day operations. That's why at SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we're here all day every day. 

We don't want you to wait until water damage happens to prepare for the worst, there are some steps you can take to prevent major water damage at your commercial Swansea property or business! 

Checking for plumbing issues 

A good indicator of plumbing issues is a change in your water bill. If you notice your bill is higher than normal, it could possibly be due to a leaky pipe. 

Check the outside of your building 

Water coming in from outside is another very common source of water damage. Check windows, doors and anything else exposed to the weather. If there are any gaps, be sure to seal them right away to prevent any damage. 

Prepare for any severe weather

Keep an eye on the weather reports, especially during the winter and rainy seasons. Take any precautions to protect your building from any storm or water damage. For example, if there is flooding expected, purchasing sand bags would help! 

Sump pumps

Installing a sump pump will give your building a place to drain any water that gets in the basement. This will be a great help in the case of any flooding into your basement. It will help you save on any costly repairs. 

Inspect your roof

Regularly inspecting your roof (having a professional inspect) can catch any potential damage before it becomes a major problem. 

These are just a few preventative measures you can take to protect your Swansea business from water damage. If you do encounter any damage, don't hesitate to give us a call at (508) 223-0505, we're here to help!!

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Hurricane season in Attleboro - Be prepared!

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane as seen from space Call SERVPRO of the Attleboros for any storm related damage at (508) 223-0505

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th each year. 

It is predicted by the NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, there is a 60% chance of an above normal season, 30% chance of a near normal season, 10% chance of a below normal season. 

According to the NOAA, there is a "likely range of 13 to 19 named storms of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes, including 3 to 6 major hurricanes. 

How do we prepare for hurricanes in Attleboro?

1: Find out if you live or work in a hurricane evacuation zone. You can check by clicking here.

2: Make emergency plans for your family. This is very important for you to do in case you need to take action before or during a hurricane. 

Click here for information on making a family emergency plan with meeting locations, emergency contacts, evacuation plan, shelters, and how to consider everyone's needs in the case of an emergency. 

3: Prepare an emergency kit.

Your emergency kit should have 

  • Bottled water
  • Flashlights 
  • Radio and extra batteries
  • Canned goods 
  • First aid kit
  • Important paperwork
  • Clothes 
  • Charged phone
  • Cash 
  • Any medical supplies
  • Pet food 

Click here to print out an emergency kit checklist from the Mass.gov blog. 

4: Staying informed.

This is a very important part of preparing for an emergency. As a storm is brewing, it's important to pay attention to the news and any alerts.

Preparing for a large storm takes some time, but it will be worth it in the case we do experience a storm in Attleboro. 

If your home or business has suffered from storm or water damage, don't hesitate to call us at (508) 223-0505, we're here to help 24/7

Tick season in Plainville Massachusetts

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Deer tick on a leaf Photo: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/d/deer-tick/

In Massachusetts, we might all be familiar with ticks, but are we familiar with the different kinds of ticks?

Let’s start with the basics:

Ticks are small bugs typically found in shady, damp, wooded, and grassy areas. Even in our own yards! Ticks feed off the blood of mammals, birds, and reptiles. Ticks don’t fly or jump, to attach to you or an animal, it needs to come into direct contact. The most common ticks found in Massachusetts are dog ticks and deer ticks (black legged tick)

In our area (Massachusetts) if a certain type of tick bites you, it can spread diseases such as

Preventing tick bites

Ticks are around all year long, but it’s important to take extra precautions during the spring-fall months.

Before going outside during tick season:

Know where ticks will be: grassy, bushy, leafy areas.

Spray any clothing or outside gear before heading out. Treat any gear with a spray containing at least .5% permethrin. This is a pesticide that will kill flies, ticks, and mosquitoes without any harm to you.

Use EPA registered repellents containing DEET.

Coming indoors

Check and be checked for ticks on your clothing. If any are found, remove them as soon as possible. You can tumble dry your clothing on high for 10 minutes to kill any ticks.

Examine any camping or hiking gear.

Check your pets! Checking your pets is just as important as checking yourself and your friends.

According to the CDC “showering within two hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease and my be effective in reducing the risk of other tick borne diseases.

Ticks can most likely be found:

  • Under the arms
  • Back of the knees
  • In / around the ears
  • Between the legs
  • Around the waist

Removing a tick

If you find a tick attached to you or your pet, remove it as soon as possible.

  • Use fine tipped tweezers to grab the tick as close to the skin as possible
  • Pull upward with even pressure. Don’t twist the tick, this may cause the mouth to break and remain in the skin. If you can not remove the mouth, allow the skin to heal over it.
  • After removing the tick, clean the bite area as well as your hands with soap and water or rubbing alcohol
  • NEVER crush a tick with your fingers.
  • To dispose of a live tick, place it in alcohol, in a sealed bag, wrap it tightly in tape, or flush down the toilet.

For more information on ticks, where they live, and more, visit https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/index.html

If you suffer a dater and need disaster clean up call us no matter where in Massachusetts's you are

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

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

Placement

Smoke damage in Norton, Wrentham, Attleboro, Seekonk, Swansea, Mansfield let us help you

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 South Attleboro or 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 & Norton Business Owner

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Flood Damage Can Cause Business Interruption.

We help businesses and Companies Recover Quickly after Flood Events.

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 the:

Emergency Ready Profile 

Having an ERP for your business allows you to minimize your 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! 

We work with insurace companies all the tie:

  • Chubb
  • Preferred Mutual
  • USAA
  • Catholic Mutual 
  • AMICA
  • Safety Insurance
  • Arbella Insurance
  • Bunker Hill Insurance Company
  • Peerless Insurance Company
  • Foremost Insurance Company
  • Safeco
  • New London Insurance
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Philadelphia Insurance
  • Modern Home
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • Narragansett Bay Insurance Company
  • The Hartford
  • Pawtucket Mutual

Norton, Mansfield, Attleboros & Wrentham, call us and we will try to make your day better.

Mold in your Seekonk 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

Let us help you clean up. Give us a call at (508) 223-0505 for all your mold remediation needs!! 

Vandals struck my Attleboro commercial 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, call SERVPRO of The Attleboro at (508) 223-0505, we'll  try to make your day brighter and make it "Like it never even happened." 

Swansea Mass do you know 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. 

Let up help clean up your disaster and try to make your day better.

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.

Hey Norton Massachusetts - 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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Let us try to make your day better in Norton or Wrentham.

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! 

Norton Mass 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.

Taunton Massachusetts 02708 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 you suffer a commercial water damage, fire damage or sewer disaster let us try to make your day better and have Brian come out.

If your Attleboro area home or business

requires mold, water, sewage, biohazardous or fire cleanup or remediation, call the pros at (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 

Seekonk Swansea commercial property managers and owners

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. 

Attleboro Norton Seekonk Swansea Mansfield we can help and make your day

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! 

No matter where in Massachusetts - Mansfield  - Taunton - Fall River (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

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Flash Flooding in Wrentham 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)

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

Tip of the Week #5 - February Checklist

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Take time at the beginning of each month to check around for any damage to appliances or pipes, and any leaks. Call SERVPRO (508) 223-0505 if you come across any water or mold damage in your monthly check of the house

It's a new month!! Time to go through your house, give it some extra TLC, get rid of some things...in your commercial office building or home

In the beginning of the month, you should

- Check the caulking and grout around sinks, showers, and tubs. 

- Check the roof and gutters, clean out any debris and check for ice dams and icicles

- Vacuum and dust HVAC system 

- Clean your garbage disposal

         Run baking soda and citrus peels through 

- Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, replace batteries as needed

- Test and reset all GFCI receptacles

- Check cords, power strips and outlets for wear and tear or evidence of a fire

- Check for any plumbing leaks under sinks and toilets

The start of a new month is an opportunity to de-clutter paperwork, mail, closets, and kitchen cabinets. 

Take some time at the beginning of each month to give your home a little extra TLC, set aside a few days to really deep clean the floors and walls. 

Make it a habit to organize your paperwork and mail as soon as you get them or bring it home, that way, the next month you'll have less or none to go through. 

You should also go through clothing each month or every other month. If you haven't worn it in a year or 6 months, and don't see yourself wearing it again, donate it!

Soot Tags After a Fire in Your Berkley Home

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Soot tags formed in the corner of a room Don't just use a "spray and wipe" method to get rid of these webs

What are Soot Tags?

After you've experienced a fire in your Berkley, MA home or business, you might notice some unusual looking damage. 

This might look like black cobwebs, but they shouldn't be treated as such, they can cause more damage if you try to just wipe them away. These are called Soot Tags. 

Soot Tags are formed when a synthetic or petroleum based material burn in a fire. The smoke and soot will circulate, moving towards cooler air (up) then these webs are formed. 

Do NOT try to use water or another spray and wipe method. This will cause the soot to smear and leave an awful stain on your walls and ceilings. 

After you experience a fire to your Berkley home or business, call SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we'll get rid of those soot tags, clean your home, and restore it! Call (508) 223-0505 for emergency services 24/7/365 

Tip of the Week #4 - Know When to Call a Pro

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

DIY or Call a Pro in Plainville Massachusetts ? 

Being a homeowner, sometimes it's just easier to DIY some projects and repairs, and usually you can! But sometimes, its best to call a pro!

Here are some things to consider when you're deciding whether to DIY or dial a pro:

Time: 

Hiring a pro usually means you're at the liberty of their schedule. If they're in the busy season, what you need done, etc... 

If you DIY, you can work around your schedule. Meaning you will have to work around work and any extracurricular activities etc...

Cost:

If you are hiring a pro, you are paying for their skill, knowledge, and time. A pro of hiring a pro is that they can probably reduce the cost of any materials if they have a bulk or professional rate at the hardware stores. 

DIY means you save on labor costs, but you will have to purchase the materials on your own without any professional rates. But you can take advantage of other sales. 

Skill:

As stated above, the cost of a pro is also a cost of their skill and many years of experience doing what they do. 

DIY-ing means you can search on Pinterest and Youtube to figure out how to fix a tile, replace door knobs, fix a faucet, etc. On the plus side of DIY research, as you do more, you'll learn more. 

Tools: 

A professional will have their own, proper tools to get the job done. 

If you DIY, you may already have the right tool or you might be able to borrow one from a neighbor or friend. But if you are purchasing tools, it's best to consider if they will be a good investment for the future. 

Take these and other things into consideration when you're thinking about DIY-ing or calling a professional to finish your project, remodel, or addition. 

If you run into any problems with water, fire, smoke, or soot damage throughout the process, call SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we'll do our best to clean up fast and make your day!

(508) 223-0505

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Mold in your Blackstone, MA Business

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growth behind cabinets Mold can take as little as 48 hours to begin its growth. It thrives on any source of moisture.

Mold can't grow without a source of water or moisture. Sources of water and  moisture can come from leaky roofs, cooking, condensation, flood, spills and more. 

To prevent any mold growth in your Blackstone business:

- Fix any water leaks

- Keep room temperatures warm and well insulated

- Clean wet or damp areas or materials immediately. If you leave them, mold can begin to grow in as little as 48 hours. 

It is best to hire a professional to hire the mold remediation. If you try to remove or clean the area yourself, it could ultimately result in secondary damage if it's extreme enough. 

If you see, smell, or suspect mold in your Blackstone, Massachusetts business, call SERVPRO of the Attleboros at (508) 223-0505. We're highly trained mold remediation specialists!

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Tip of the Week #3 - Caring for your Laminate Floors

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Norton Mass - Caring for your Laminate floors 

Did you try the Risky Business classic sock slide and it didn’t work??

This could be due to improper care of your floors, they're not at their shiniest or cleanest. 

  • If something spills, you should wipe it up immediately.
  • Place mats under your pets water bowls
  • Make a no stiletto rule! As well as a general “no-shoe” policy. It will prevent your floors from any dirt, mud, scrapes and bacteria

When mopping laminate floors, you can’t use traditional mopping methods.

            Use a solution of 1 gallon water and 1 cup vinegar. Then wipe with a microfiber cloth.

Cleaning laminate floors can be different than cleaning and caring for hardwood floors. Laminate is made from layers of composite wood pressed and sealed with laminate.  Laminate can be more durable, scratch and moisture resistant.

Cleaning your laminate floor shouldn’t be difficult if you know what to do. You should start by sweeping or vacuuming daily to remove any debris. You can use a dry microfiber mop, or a typical broom. If you opt for vacuuming, be sure you use it on the bare floor setting.

 If your floors need a deeper clean than just a sweeping or vacuuming, use a microfiber mop instead of a sponge mop, if you use a sponge mop it can just push the dirty water and dirt into the grout lines.

Making your laminate floors shine

It is best to avoid using any excess soap-based products, it will create a build-up and leave a film on the floors.

Removing scuffs and build up from your laminate floors

To clean your floors without leaving a film, and to reduce any scuff marks, it’s best to go easy. A DIY hack you can use is a tennis ball! Just rub it on the scratch and it will disappear!

If the tennis ball trick doesn’t work, just use a microfiber cloth with water, and gently wipe.

To clean your laminate floors naturally

Instead of using soap-based cleaners, you can go a natural way with baking soda and water. You can apply this mixture to a microfiber cloth and clean as you usually would!

            1 tbsp baking soda per 1 cup warm water

To keep your laminate floors looking their best, you should clean them at least every 2 weeks.

if you suffer a commercial or home residential water loss call SERVPRO of The Attleboros  24/7 508-223-0505

What to do After a Water Damage at your Attleboro Business

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded office building Photo: https://cvmasoninsurance.com/does-your-business-need-flood-insurance/

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we understand how crucial it is to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible after any damage. When you call us about a water damage to your Attleboro business, we'll respond Faster to Any Size Disaster! 

Our crews have the training, equipment, and experience to manage any kind of water damage. No matter if you had a toilet back up, or the whole office is raining from the ceiling, we will respond quick to get the mitigation process going! We will manage the project through its completion

If the damage occurs while you are in business, (not after hours) there are a few things you can do or check on to make sure there are no injuries to you or your employees:

- Is it safe to stay in the building?

- If you are moving materials, when anything is wet it can be VERY heavy, it's important that you be very careful.

- Try to remove some water by mopping

- Wipe water from desks, tables etc...

- Remove any important documents (if possible) to a dry, safe area of the building

- Move any loose items from the floor (if possible) 

What you should NOT do after a water damage:

- Do not use a regular vacuum to try to remove water

- Do not use any electronic devices such as computers, printers etc...

- Do not turn any fixtures (fans, ceiling lights...) if the ceiling is wet

It is imperative that you stay out of any room where the ceiling is sagging. This can be dangerous. 

If your Attleboro business suffers from any size water damage, be sure to call us at (508) 223-0505. We know damage doesn't wait for normal business hours, so we don't either, we're here 24/7 for YOU! 

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Avoiding Fires in your Commercial Kitchen - Norton

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Avoiding Fires in your Seekonk 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 - Mansfield

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Re usable water bottles and cups Photo: https://iwaterpurification.com/best-reusable-water-bottle/

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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Seekonk Tip of the Week #1 - Caulking

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Caulking around a bathtub, with painters tape around the edges Photo from https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Caulk-Around-Bathtub-34193969

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)

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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.

Attleboro Seekonk Swansea Norton Mansfield New Bedford we can help

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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! ??

Mold Damaged Belongings - Assonet

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

Clothing in a laundry basket Don't try to restore yourself, let professionals do it.

Most times when personal belongings are damaged by mold, they will just get thrown away and replaced. At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we believe in “restoring” rather than “replacing”

There are specific techniques for mold cleaning and recovery for:

  • Clothing
  • Paintings
  • Other possessions

Trying to remove mold and its odors from these yourself could cause further damage. Instead, contact a clothing restoration professional for their service.

Restoring paintings:

Professionals will first, determine the type of paint and materials on the surface. Oils, water colors, and acrylics require different treatments for a successful cleaning. Each piece of the painting (canvas, wood, frame) will be treated individually as well

See here for more information from MOMA

Clothing:

Fabrics are like a breeding ground for mold to spread. One reason is because fabric absorbs moisture. Mold remediation professionals use multiple techniques to save your clothing. These can include: dry cleaning, or special detergents. If you have a very sentimental piece of clothing, such as a wedding dress or tuxedo, that has been damaged by mold, contact a professional such as http://thedrycleanerbyval.com/services/

Contact us at (508) 223-0505 when you see any signs of mold in your home. We will assess the damage, contain the mold, remove, clean, and restore. We’re here 24 hours 7 days a week so give us a call ASAP! See our website for more mold remediation information.

Valuing you and your home - North Dighton

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

We understand that suffering from damage to your home can make you feel vulnerable, even robbed of a part of your life. You spend time decorating, painting and furnishing your home. Your home – and loss – is unique, the emotions and extent of the damage.

When damage hits your home, you want it to be restored to it’s preloss condition. You can’t afford to let the marketability and value to you of your home be affected. That is why SERVPRO Franchise Professionally have restored properties for over 40 years!

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we are the trusted choice of insurance companies nationwide, because they know that SERVPRO Professionals have the experience and training to get the job done right!

If you have any questions or need us for any water, fire, smoke, or storm damage restoration, give us a call! (508) 223-0505 or learn more here

Hands- Free Driving - Massachusetts

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Mass. governor Charlie Baker officially signed the state's ban on holding cell phones while driving.

This will take effect on February 23, 2020. Until March 31, 2020, police will be giving drivers a warning instead of a fine, but after 3/31, a first time offender will be fined $100, second offense; $200 and must attend a safe driving course. A third time offender will be fined $500. 

Drivers will still be able to talk on the phone using Bluetooth.

An exception:

  • Following a navigation system on a mounted device on the console or dashboard.

MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack urges drivers not to wait until February to put their phones down, just to do it now. "other people's lives are in your hands"

For more information about the ban click here

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros we want everyone to always drive safe and to pay careful attention to the road.  

Keeping warm this winter

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

A cold smiley face with ice on it Don't be like this guy! Take some of these tips into consideration this winter when you're trying to warm the house.

With winter getting closer and closer, many people are thinking about ways to keep their houses warm, without cranking up the heat. It’s not always easy to keep a home warm if it’s older and doesn’t have very good insulation.

Here are some tips to keep you warm this winter, and save you some $$$$

  • Keep unused rooms closed off– When you close off rooms that are not being used, this allows the room to retain the heat that has already been generated inside of it.
  • If you have ceiling fans, rotate them clockwise– The fan should also be at its lowest speed. Doing this pulls the cold air up to the ceiling, letting the warm air disperse downwards towards you. 
  • Add layers to your floor(s) – According to the National Energy Foundation, “floors account for as much as 10 percent of heat loss if they are not insulated.” Having rugs with insulation can also prevent cool air from leaking up into floor.
  • Turn off bathroom/kitchen fans – These types of exhaust fans pull hot air out of your home. 
  • Move your furniture –Do not place your furniture near any large windows or block any radiators. Doing so will prevent the heat from circulating around the room.
  • Dress warm –Don't be afraid to wear a sweater in the house, wrap up in a blanket, make a fire, or drink a nice warm cup of coco. Sometimes these can be the best ways to stay warm and save the most amount of money. Plus... hot coco or a warm cup of coffee or tea is nice and relaxing after a long day.

Here at SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we want you and your family to stay warm during the winter season. We understand that disaster can strike at any time and we are ready 24 hours/7 days a week, to help you and your family make any disaster, “Like it never even happened.” (508) 223-0505

Faster to any size disaster!

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO dehumidifiers We'll get the job done with our industrial-grade equipment and highly trained technicians.

“We’re faster to any size disaster”. When a storm hits in Attleboro and you need immediate help, our quick response will help prevent any further damage to your property.

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we not only handle residential storm damage restoration, we also handle commercial restoration!

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. They are equipped with knowledge to restore yourhome and business in a timely manner and they'll get the job done right!

Our staff is also IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). Meaning they have the knowledge of the best practices in water and fire restoration, mold remediation, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Disasters and damage don’t wait for anyone, that’s why at SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we understand it is crucial to be fast but also efficient!

At SERVPRO ofthe Attleboros, we’re here to help 24/7. Give us a call at (508) 223-0505 or visit ourwebsitefor storm and flood damage information.

Keeping your children safe during a fire - Dighton

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Nobody ever expects a disaster to happen, but we're here to help whenever you need us! At SERVPRO of the Attleboro's, we have the tools and crews to help clean and restore your home after a fire happens. Many home fires are started by children getting ahold of and playing with dangerous items such as lighters and matches.

Preventing your child from starting fires1 :

According to the American Red Cross, the US fire administration estimates that 300 people are killed each year as the result of a child playing with fire. 

  • Keep matches and lighters along with other ignitable substances out of reach of children. 
  • If you have candles, consider to switching to flame less candles that have a light bulb instead of a flame. 
  • it is a risk that a child will bump into and knock over the candle, causing a fire. 

Installing smoke alarms on every level of your home is crucial for your child's safety, as well as your own. 

  • Check each alarm every month to be sure they are working properly.
  • Replace batteries in each alarm once a year. 
    • If there is a chirping sound coming from any alarm, this means you need to replace the batteries.  

Teach children what the alarms sound like, and what to do when they hear one. 

  • "Get out, stay out"
    • Teach your child that if the house is on fire, get out as quickly as possible, and DO NOT go back inside. Only firefighters should enter or re-enter a burning building. 
  • "STOP, DROP, ROLL" 
    • Teach your child this method in case their clothing was on fire, 

Be sure that every member of the household knows 2 ways to escape from each room in the house. 

  • If any doors are closed during a fire, the handles will be warm from the fire, or smoke may be blocking you from exiting. 
    • This is why it's important to have 2 ways out of each room. 

There should also be a fire escape plan for your family. You should practice this twice a year. 

Make sure everyone knows when and how to dial 9-1-1. 

  • If there is a fire, children should exit the house before calling 9-1-1
  • Children should only call 9-1-1 if an adult is not able to.

Here at SERVPRO of the Attleboro's, we want you and your family to always stay safe, in the event of an emergency, give us a call at (508) 223-3399 or visit our website for more information on fire/ smoke clean up and restoration. 

Commercial cleaning - Swansea

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

Clean ceiling after SERVPRO service After photo of a fire department ceiling that was cleaned by the SERVPRO of the Attleboros team in October 2019.

Commercial Cleaning Services 

Did you know that SERVPRO doesn't just help you clean up after disaster strikes?? Here at SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we know that the appearance of your commercial property speaks volumes to your current and possible clients, even your employees! We're here to help. 

Call SERVPRO of the Attleboros at (508) 223-0505 or visit our website for more information. 

We can clean your restaurant hoods, deep clean the carpets or floor of your office, remove that awful odor that's been lingering for weeks, and even clean the HVAC units & air ducts of your business. 

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros our commercial cleaning services include:

- Odor removal & deodorization

- Ceilings, floors, & walls

- Carpet & upholstery

- Drapes & blinds

- Air ducts & HVAC

- Vandalism

- Bio-hazard & sewage 

- Trauma & crime scene 

Call us now at (508) 223-0505 to get your Swansea business space cleaned and looking good as new!

SERVPRO of The Attleboros Customer Satisfaction

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO branded logo Putting YOU First. Call us 24/7 @ 508-223-0505

Norton Attleboro Mansfield Taunton Fall River take our customer satisfaction survey now!

SERVPRO of The Attleboros, we pride ourselves in making the customer happy with a restoration job well done. 

At SERVPRO of The Attleboros, we follow a strict protocol to ensure customer satisfaction in all areas of the job from start to finish. We meet with property owners to asses damage, make a plan, and we execute it all while keeping the customers satisfaction at the forefront. Check out our recent commercial that aired on national tv! https://youtu.be/2rxIzjKuaZQ

Click the following link to fill out our survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3L5VY68

We serve areas of North Attleboro, Attleboro Falls, and surrounding areas like Seekonk, Swansea, and Dighton. Call us at 508-223-0505 for your disaster cleanup. 

Let us help you clean up after a disaster for commercial or residential property and let us try to make your day better and ask Brian to come fast to help.

We clean with care and can be your single source for cleanup of fire smoke water sewerage and more....

Seekonk Fire Safety

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

rubber duck with caption "Keep your ducks in a row with SERVPRO" 508-223-0505

Fall is here which means we want to remind you of basic fire damage safety rules. With Autumn comes warmer weather, Fall activities, savory comfort recipes and fire places, but with this comes potential threats for fire damage. We get fire damage calls all the time, and we understand the stress and uncertainty that comes along with losing your belongings.

Tips and Recommendations

  • Make sure there is space between your space heater and other furniture
  • Monitor your air-ducts and HVAC systems and call SERVPRO of The Attleboros 508-223-0505 if you need professional cleaning 
  • Hire a team to clean out your chimney at least once a year
  • Do not leave a fire unattended 
  • When there is a fire, do NOT attempt to clean up, since it can cause the smoke to "set" in the area
  • Turn all appliances off when you leave your home or office
  • Use flashlights inside of Jack-O-Lanterns instead of candles to prevent possible fire
  • Do not use gasoline to start a fire

Hey Seekonk & Swansea let us help you when you suffer a residential or commercial disaster and need clean up. We will try to make your  day better and have Brian come and clean it up with care. Seekonk Swansea and Fall River & Taunton we are here for you

Call SERVPRO of The Attleboros  508-223-0505

For more tips visit https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Teaching-tools/Safety-tip-sheets

EEE: What You Need to Know - Milford

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

caption "EEE what you need to know" with SERVPRO branded logo at the bottom EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis)

Triple E, known as Eastern Equine Encephalitis,  is a rare disease carried by mosquitoes and has made headlines recently due to another person contracting the disease and dying. Boston.com reported a person in Connecticut died. 

The positive news is that it is getting colder so mosquitoes should not be as much of a problem. Specialists say to stay indoors. There have been 8 total deaths nationwide from EEE.

Symptoms of EEE

This illness causes swelling of the brain with flu-like symptoms. Information is retrieved from the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/easternequineencephalitis/tech/symptoms.html

  • irritability/ restlessness
  • chills/fever
  • vomiting
  • coma 
  • headache 
  • diarrhea 

About 1/3 of people who contract the disease die from it, so it's CRUCIAL to always where mosquito repellent and to stay indoors when its' dark out. If you have EEE, it's important to report it so officials can test mosquitoes in that area for the virus and spraying may begin.

Source: https://www.boston.com/news/health/2019/09/24/second-eee-death-connecticut

Grand Wine Tasting at Attleboro Arts Museum

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

a person sitting down drinking wine with caption "Wine Tasting, Attleboro Arts Museum 6:30-9pm" October 18th 6:30-9pm

Who doesn't love a cocktail sometime? How about some wine? We have another exciting event for you today. Mark your calendars because October 18th there will be a grand wine tasting at the Attleboro Arts Museum from 6:30pm - 9pm. This wine tasting is sponsored by Spirit City Liquors. Tickets are available at the museum or all City Spirit Liquor locations. The tickets are on sale for $15 per person. There will be over 100 wines to sample and local craft beers to try. It is going to be a great time for Attleboro, Seekonk, and nearby residents so don't miss it! To enter, just show your valid photo I.D. and ticket.

This event will be located at the following address: 

Attleboro Arts Museum - 86 Park St., Attleboro

Check out this event on Facebook!

For questions/concerns - info@attleboroartsmuseum.org or call 508.222.2644 x10

SERVPRO Spiced Cider Deodorizer - Available Limited Time Only

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

a storm with caption "SERVPRO National Preparedness Month Are you Ready?" September = National Preparedness Month

It will be officially Fall on Monday, September 23rd, so we at SERVPRO of The Attleboros have a new product we want to tell you about. 

This works on all surfaces and has a delightful spiced apple cider scent which is perfect for getting your residence or commercial property smelling great for guests and customers for Autumn. Use this product while you can because it is limited edition. 

How to Use 

Light-Medium Odors - Mix 1 cup of Spiced Cider Deodorizer with 1 gallon of water

Heavy Odors - Mix 2 cups of Spiced Cider Deodorizer with 1 gallon of water 

The warning label says to ALWAYS pretest a small area in case of an adverse reaction to the product. 

Call SERVPRO of The Attleboros at 508-223-0505 for your residential or commercial restoration needs. We restore properties in North Attleboro, Seekonk, Swansea, Attleboro Falls, and surrounding areas of Massachusetts. We also mitigate mold, soot, and smoke damage as well!

Stay Safe During Water Damage - Attleboro, MA

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO branded logo SERVPRO of The Attleboros, 508-223-0505

The weather for this week is supposed to be rainy and partly cloudy. The 10-day forecast for Attleboro, Massachusetts is linked below. With rain, comes a bigger chance of potential flooding. Here are some reminders when flooding is a threat.

Tips to Prevent Flooding After Rain 

- apply coatings for areas with cracks where water can seep through, like windows and the bottoms of doors

- install sump pumps

- raise electrical outlets to prevent electrocution and further damage to the residence or commercial property

If you're experiencing water damage, call SERVPRO of The Attleboros at 508-223-0505, serving areas of North and South Attleboro, Seekonk, Swansea, and Dighton. 

10-Day Weather Forecast: https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/02703

More info on how to protect your home - https://www.valuepenguin.com/homeowners-insurance/how-to-prevent-home-flooding

Commercial Puff Back - Seekonk, MA

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

rubber duck and logo Keep your ducks in a row, with SERVPRO (of The Attleboros)

How Can a Seekonk commercial property owner Choose a Disaster Cleanup and Restoration company??

SERVPRO of The Attleboros mitigates fire, water, smoke, soot, and mold damage for your commercial property, like your apartment, restaurant, hospital, and school.

A puff back is when a boiler chamber or furnace explodes. Most puff backs occur in an oil-fired system, but some occur with gas systems which can be way more severe. A puff back can be caused by a break in the nozzle or some systematic error in the boiler chamber. Businesses need substantial hours of operation in order to drive business. We understand that, which is why we're dedicated to serving commercial property owners. If you are experiencing a puff back in your home or business, leave the affected area, since it's likely you'll breathe in smoke and soot if you stay. Seek safety in an unaffected area and call the professionals at SERVPRO.

Don't try to clean up soot and smoke damage after a puff back. You may feel the need to, which is understandable, but leave it to the restoration professionals. They have the technology and certification to clean your puff back damage right. 

Most puff backs are covered by insurance, but it is recommended you check with your insurance provider and adjuster for the actual cost of mitigation. 

Let us help you and try to make your day better.

Reference on puff backs from the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/1986/02/13/garden/furnace-puffbacks-leave-sooty-mess.html

Commercial Services in the Attleboro!

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

 logo and rubber duck SERVPRO of The Attleboros 508-223-0505

In wake of Hurricane Dorian's destruction, SERVPRO of The Attleboros wants to remind you to stay safe especially if you are in the areas being directly affected by the Category 3 storm.

Whether it's a classroom, an industrial park basement, a hospital, a restaurant, or a university, we've got you covered for any fire or water emergency. We also offer cleaning, bio-hazard removal, and HVAC/Air-duct cleaning to keep your business running properly. As a business, we really understand the importance of the business to stay operating. 

We are open 24/7 to accommodate your business. The first step is assessment. Our certified team will come to your business first to assess damage and then will quickly begin mitigating your damage.

Take a look at our YouTube channel with many informational videos with pictures and testimonials to showcase our #RestorationDomination. 

https://youtu.be/2rxIzjKuaZQ

Hurricane Dorian

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

east coast map showing Hurricane Dorian's path Hurricane Dorian's path

Hurricane Dorian is remaining stationary over the Bahamas, greatly impacting the area and destroying homes and infrastructure. Later tonight and this week Dorian will continue movement up the coast but remaining offshore. Flooding is expected for Georgia and the Carolinas. If you are in these affected areas please seek safety, as officials have announced mandatory evacuations in certain areas. Flooding is a major issue, and that’s why we’re here to help during your disaster. 

If your home or business is suffering from excessive rainfall and flooding, give SERVPRO of The Attleboros a call at 508-223-0505 or visit our website: https://www.SERVPROtheattleboros.com/storm-flooding-restoration

Eco-Friendly Benefect Botanical Disinfectant - Attleboro

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Gallon of Benefect Botanical Disinfectant cleaner Benefect Botanical Disinfectant Cleaner

Benefect Botanical Disinfectant

Many of today's cleaning products have chemicals that aren't exactly healthy for the human body. With pressing environmental issues, it's important to use safe cleaning products that are eco-friendly whenever possible. SERVPRO of The Attleboros uses Benefect Botanical Disinfectant is an EPA-registered product with no wiping or rinsing required. All you have to do is shake before use and then spray the desired area, wait 10 minutes, and then wipe the surface with a rag or paper towel. There are no warnings for use and is totally safe around children and pets. it has a refreshing lemon and spice smell due to the essential oils it contains.

Benefect has multiple uses and protects against blood-born pathogens like Tuberculosis. It can clean surfaces with fungi and deodorize. This product has a shelf life of 3 YEARS and covers 1000-1200 square feet per gallon. It can be stored at room temperature.

1st Confirmed Tornado of 2019 - Washington County, Maine

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

Maine has seen its first tornado of the 2019 year. Usually they get about a few tornadoes each year. A couple hours ago there were reports of an EF1 tornado touching Washington County. The tornado hit two areas at about 5:40PM. It ventured about a half mile.

Tornadoes are not as common as storms, but can still leave a lot of damage and debris behind, which is why we offer tree removal and building services. In fact, most deaths and injuries occur from flying debris. It is important to seek shelter in a structurally-secure building. SERVPRO of The Attleboros services include installing roof tarps, board-ups, tree removal, roofing services, general contracting, and installing temporary fencing to keep your residential or commercial business safe.

For more information on tornadoes in Maine, visit this resource of the Stats from Maine Emergency Management Agency. This tornado in Maine damaged trees and left rubble in it's path, so SERVPRO of The Attleboros can clean that up if anything like that happens at or near your Attleboro, Seekonk, or Norton home.

For pictures and more info:

https://www.wmtw.com/article/first-confirmed-tornado-of-year-in-maine/28707325

Water/Storm Damage Product Spotlight - DEP Extraction Wand

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO branded logo and photo of extraction device SERVPRO of The Attleboros water extraction technology for storm damage

DEP Water Extraction Wand

One of the most interesting products here at SERVPRO of The Attleboros is the water extraction wand. After water or storm damage, excessive moisture is most likely present and it needs to be extracted, then dried with the air-movers and dehumidifiers. This handy-dandy wand makes it easy for our technicians to extract water quickly and effectively for the Attleboro home or business owner. 

How The Wand Works:

The 2-inch diameter wand ensures the most air-flow through the tub. The handle makes it easy to hold and grasp when trying to cover smaller or tighter, more compact areas of the home. This wand comes with a patented plastic glider that makes using it a breeze. A flexible neck allows for easier use in tighter, clustered areas.This product weighs about 5 pounds. The light-weight design makes it easy for anybody to use. 

If vacuum pressure causes it to "cling" to the carpet, just squeeze the vacuum release lever and resume work. Easy easy!

Product Maintenance

Maintaining the cleanliness of this product is important, but there is no need to use abrasive cleaners. If you're using it daily, wipe it clean with a gentle detergent. Vacuum clean water through the device to clean the tube and the head. Inspect the break seal of the vacuum regularly if used a lot. Replace it if it’s damaged. Cleaning the device with hot water and mild detergent goes a long way and will ensure the integrity of the product.

NOTE - These wands are solely meant for carpet use. They are not meant for use on ceramic tiles or hard-wood floors. 

Water belongs in a glass with a lemon wedge, not in your home as a result of storm damage! Are you experiencing storm damage in your commercial property or home? Call SERVPRO of The Attleboros at 508-223-0505! We offer 24/7 emergency service.

Red Sox Giveaway - Attleboro

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

Red Sox Giveaway from SERVPRO of The Attleboros

SERVPRO of The Attleboros is running a Boston Red Sox Giveaway. We are giving away TWO (2) tickets for the game Aug. 16th @7:10PM against the Baltimore Orioles. It's going to be a fun time! We're running this giveaway in conjunction with SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island. One entry per person, and you can enter on either Facebook or Instagram (not both). Tag people in the comments for a bonus entry! Go SOX!!

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Mold Remediation Products & Their Uses for Your Attleboro Business

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Mold remediation cleaning products.

An North Attleboro resident or business-owner might ask,

  1. What exactly does SERVPRO of the Attleboros USE for mold remediation?
  2. How do we get arrest mold growth in your home or commercial building?
  3. Why are SERVPRO of The Attleboros Mold Remediation services better than the competition?

Key Mold Cleaning Products:

CONCROBIUM® MOLD CONTROL

This odorless, EPA-registered product is cool because once applied to the affected area, it acts as a shield to encapsulate and destroy the mold spores. This anti-microbial barrier protects surrounding unaffected areas and effectively arrests mold growth in your business. This can be used for mold remediation, odors, pre-treatment of lumber. This product covers 1400 square feet and is eco-friendly and not hazardous.

Shelf-Life = 2 years

SPORICIDIN® ENZYME MOLD STAIN CLEANER

This product is not a disinfectant and it’s purpose is for pre-treatment before the actual disinfection process. Sporicidin ingredients consist of various enzymes: protease, amylase, and lipase. Protease is an enzyme which breaks down protein, Amylase breaks down starch. Sporicidin also includes surfactants, which remove oils and chemicals.

Similar to how pancreatic enzymes breaks down our food during digestion, these chemicals break down the bacteria and dirt for easier removal. Makes blood and other dried organic matter easier to re-mediate. This product works well with smoke, sewage residue, blood/bodily fluid stains, pet stains and odors, and some chemical residues. This is a safe yet powerful combination which easily treats areas without repeated scrubbing.

The best part is that this is environmentally friendly and not hazardous for the people in your home or employees of your North Attleboro small business. Sporicidin is part of EPA’s Safer Choice environmentally friendly cleaning products program.

CONCROBIUM® MOLD STAIN REMOVER

This product has a shelf life of 2 years and its primary is to remove mold quickly and efficiently. This product is simple to use because no scrubbing is required – instead it can be applied and left to dry. You can wipe off the excess product or you can use a HEPA vacuum and voila! Your mold issue is resolved by SERVPRO. It covers 300-400ft in area.

SPORICIDIN® MRC - 80 (CLEAR)

This odorless product acts as a microbial coat to prevent future mold growth in your home or business. This protective shield will penetrate even porous materials like wood and protect them from future damage. Mold literally cannot grow on this shield. This will keep your property safe from fungal, microbial, and bacterial growth In your walls, ceilings, and floors. It adheres to any surface of your home. 

Shelf-Life = 3 years and covers 1,000 feet in area per gallon

If you have any questions on our mold remediation services, or you spot mold growth, please give SERVPRO of The Attleboros a call at 508-223-0505. 

Mold & Mildew in Your Attleboro Home

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growth can occur anywhere in your home that is unclean, warm, and moist.

In addition to water and fire mitigation for your residence or commercial property, we also mitigate microbial growth in your North Attleboro property. Mold growth can substantiate after any-size water damage, so it is important to be on the lookout for signs of mold after moisture is present in your home or business. 

Basically, mildew is a type of mold. Mildew is a surface mold that won't damage the structure of the property, whereas other types cause the surface to decay. Black mold is hazardous to health and must be removed when found so that it does not grow through the whole business, endangering customers and putting your business at risk. Summer is a busy time for Attleboro residents, and it's humid and hot. Don't let mold growth stifle you. Call SERVPRO of The Attleboros any time and any day 508-223-0505. 

For more information, visit the Family Handyman. https://www.familyhandyman.com/cleaning/mold-and-mildew/how-to-remove-mold/

Hurricane Barry - Don't let Your Attleboro Business Flood

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of The Attleboros to mitigate any-size storm damage - 508-223-0505

Flooding as a result of storm damage can be detrimental for a business and their hours of operation. 

Hurricane Barry is the headliner of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The Tropical Storm recently landed in Louisiana. 

Key Facts:

  • Hurricane Barry is expected to weaken as time passes.
  • Rain is the biggest issue. Downfalls are expected, causing a huge threat to homes and businesses. Use caution in the case of flooding.
  • Most of the storm is in the Gulf of mexico right now.
  • Some places in Louisiana have ordered a mandatory evacuation.

As a reminder to business owners and home owners - flood insurance is very important. Don't wait until a flood happens, because flooding can happen anywhere in the United States. No state is immune. SERVPRO of The Attleboros offers Emergency Services for any-size flooding disaster in your home or business. We take pride in our commercial services.

Check out our blog updated weekly. "Like" Us on FACEBOOK! Follow us on TWITTER! We are the Official Cleanup and Restoration Company of the PGA TOUR!

Source: https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/tropical-storm-barry-saturday-2019-intl/index.html

6 IMPORTANT Post-Fire Cleaning Rules for Your Seekonk Home/Business

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

6 Important Post-Fire Damage Cleaning Facts for your Seekonk Home + Why You Should Call SERVPRO of The Attleboros.

We hope you had a great July 4th with your loved ones. We hope you all were safe with your Seekonk or North Attleboro home/business is always susceptible to fires should something go awry. 

  1. Porous surfaces allow odors to penetrate further and are much more difficult to clean than nonporous surfaces like vinyl.
  2. Synthetic fibers can attract greater concentrations of residue than natural fibers, but usually synthetics clean better than natural fabrics.
  3. The hotter the fire was, the harder it will be to clean surfaces.
  4. Hot air pressure drives particles and soot to surfaces.
  5. Moisture and damp surfaces are harder to clean and deodorize because water sets the odor.

Visit our official website for more information on SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration.

Call us any time at 508-223-0505 for water, storm, mold, or fire damage.

We offer 24/7 Emergency Services for your home or commercial property. it is always wise to call the professionals in fire restoration than take the risk of doing it yourself and making the damage even worse.

DID YOU KNOW...

SERVPRO of The Attleboros has quite the social media presence. Make sure you stay connected with us on all our online platforms! We post interesting interior design and home restoration articles daily!

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50th Anniversary of the Moon Landings - 1969

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

The Moon Landings happened 50 years ago this month!

July 20th will mark the 50th Anniversary of the United States moon landings. When Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, people were glued to the television. Americans couldn't believe what they were seeing or if it was real. It was astounding for everybody watching. The Apollo Space Program by NASA conducted missions to the moon from 1969-1972, with a space shuttle first landing on the moon in 1968 (but no one walked on it until 6 months later). Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became household names. They reached the ultimate milestone.

SERVPRO of The Attleboros celebrated this amazing time in history. A time where we did what many thought was impossible. We may not have landed on the moon, but every day we do things for our customers that others won't do. We go above and beyond and are always striving to reach new and exciting milestones in our company. We care about your home and business. Read more about our commercial services.

Source: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/nasa-knows/what-was-apollo-program-58.html

Nate Lashley's Journey to His First PGA Golf Title

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of The Attleboros heroes Stormy and Blaze love golf!

Nick Lashley is a pro-golfer, and his journey to the PGA Tour was anything but easy. He started golfing at a young age with the support of his loving parents. During his golfing career, he received horrifying news that his parents and girlfriend died in a plane crash near Wyoming (they were on their way back from visiting Lashley at his golf match). This changed Lashley's course, and we became a real estate agent in 2012. 

Not so long after making this decision, he realized his true love was for golfing, and that's what he needed to pursue. His story is inspiring for #MondayMotivation because he kept going despite the pain of losing his loved ones all at once. He persevered and because of this, he recently won his first PGA Tour title as an ALTERNATE, NO LESS. His story is so amazing!It shows how you must never give up in wake of tragedy. 

Next time you want to go golfing, check these places out in Attleboro, MA:

Stone-E-Lea Golf Club

Chemawa Golf Course

Atlantic Golf Centers, LTD

Wampanoag Golf Course - Seekonk

Mike Doyle Golf Academy - Golf Instructor in Attleboro

References: https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/27092299/lashley-goes-wire-wire-rocket-mortgage-win

SERVPRO Is Cali Livin' + Why SERVPRO?

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Don and Tina McKendall in Sacramento at Convention. Don is pointing his left hand to where they're recognized for 20 years of dedicated service!

SERVPRO of The Attleboros owners Don and Tina McKendall are living it up in the vibrant city of Sacramento, where the sun is shining and the palm trees stand tall and proud. While at Convention, the McKendall's were recognized for 20 years of service to the New Englanders and beyond! Our owners were very excited to go to convention and celebrate this past years accomplishments.

Why SERVPRO of The Attleboros?

  • We hold conventions every year so we can get together and really talk and network with other SERVPRO owners.
  • We clearly go over what we're doing and why and how we're doing it - our customers are NEVER left in the dark.
  • We really understand the importance of leadership and dedication to our customers.
  • We make weekly, monthly, and yearly goals that are attainable for our franchise.

It's no wonder we are the Official Cleanup and Restoration Company of the PGA Tour

We wish our owners a safe flight back home! 

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Where to Watch July 4th Fireworks - Attleboro, MA

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

  • Attleboro: July 3rd 
    • Hayward Field at 89 North Avenue
    • The Sun Chronicle published an article back in May regarding the reason for location change. 
  • Seekonk: July 6 @ 10pm
    • Seekonk Speedway

Please remember to always use caution if you cooking, grilling, or dealing with fire/fireworks. Check out our recent post about fire safety. So many emergency room visit happens daily especially during the month of July due to firework mishaps. SERVPRO of The Attleboros reminds everyone to use caution and be smart & aware at all times. So many accidents and injuries happen during the month of July and it is mainly due to the fireworks and activities associated with Fourth of July.

For more information and rain dates, please visit The City of Attleboro Website

To view fireworks dates and time for all Massachusetts communities, visit Boston Central.

Commercial Cleaning Secret - MUST READ for Attleboro Biz Owners

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

Toothpaste is a great cleaning hack! Use it on almost ANYTHING in your business!

Cleaning your business using safe, non-hazardous cleaning products is vital for society, since we are trying to lower the impact on our environment due to climate change and endangered species. If customers go into your Attleboro business, it is important to have clean facilities in case they need to use them. A clean business says a lot about you, and a dirty one says even more.

  • Use an old toothbrush and scrub the tile floors in the workplace restroom.
  • If an employee is wearing a fancy white shirt or pants but stains them, grab a damn sponge and scrub the area with toothpaste. This should get the stain off, depending on the severity of the stain. 
  • Remove the stains on the rubber soles of your white shoes. Grab a damp sponge or towel and some toothpaste. Scrub the affected areas, or leave toothpaste on the shoe for a whole day, and it comes off like powder. Thus is an amazing trick to use with your white Reebok's or Adidas's. 
  • Use toothpaste to scrub the toilet to make it more presentable and safe for workers or customers.
  • Rubbing a tiny amount of toothpaste with a cloth on your cell phone screen will make it look good as new!

If your Dodgeville or Attleboro commercial property is experiencing severe stains that need professional attention (like blood stains or other bio-remediation services) call SERVPRO of The Attleboros 24/7. We will make it, "Like it never even happened."

More Info on cleaning with non-gel toothpaste - https://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/unexpected-uses-for-toothpaste/

SERVPRO Does It All - Even Cars & Boats!

6/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of The Attleboros works on cars, trucks, and boats!

Did you know that SERVPRO of The Attleboros services motor vehicles like cars and boats? This is especially essential if you love boating in Narragansett Bay or by Nantucket. Massachusetts is a coastal state, so boating issues happen more than you might think. Attleboro is chock-full of businesses, stores, and restaurants - like the Emerald Square Mall - so on any given day and time there will be lots of cars on the road. You might ask: Why SERVPRO? The answer is simple...because we do it all. We're here to help. We are here to make your disaster, "Like it never even happened." 

Whether its water, fire, smoke or soot damage on your boat, or mold in your car, we can cleanup the mess and deodorize your vehicle so it smells freshly cleaned. We also will clean your air-ducts to improve air flow. Disasters don't JUST happen in your residence or commercial property. They happen EVERYWHERE and SERVPRO of The Attleboros can mitigate any damage in your North North Attleboro or Dodgeville car or boat. Maybe we'll see you at Martha's Vineyard this summer! Be on the lookout for the green SERVPRO vans and trucks!

Storms on This Week's Forecast - Attleboro, MA

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Weekly Forecast for Attleboro, MA

According the Weather Channel, this week looks, for the most part decent in Attleboro, MA and nearby areas like South Attleboro and Dodgeville. However, tomorrow (Tuesday June 25th) is expected to thunderstorm for most of the day. We're also expecting some thunderstorms. Day that are mostly sunny are within the 80-88° range, so other than those stormy days, we should be seeing a beautiful week of sunshine. As always, Massachusetts and New England as a whole can be subject to unpredictable weather conditions. it is important to be aware of when rain showers because flash floods may occur, leaving your business and home in inhabitable conditions. Read our previous blog post on Storm Tips & Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Monday: Mostly sunny 

Tuesday: Showers 

Wednesday: Mostly Sunny

Thursday: Mostly Sunny

Friday: Mostly Sunny

Saturday: PM Thunderstorms

Sunday: PM Thunderstorms 

Water Restoration YouTube Video - Attleboro, MA

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

Screenshot of SERVPRO of The Attleboros video in water damage cleanup and restoration.

Water damage in Attleboro is a common yet unpleasant and stressful issue for many homes and commercial properties. Have you seen how much rain Massachusetts had this week so far? Thankfully, Sunday June 23rd is supposed to be nice - fingers crossed. This is why we wanted to make a video outlining our core services for water damage and restoration. We talk about our  highly-trained team and advanced technology while also providing pictures from past jobs we completed.

Check out our new YOUTUBE VIDEO on Water Mitigation:

https://youtu.be/KRCpPPGOGVI

Also feel free to check out our SERVPRO 50th Annual Convention video, where we tell you a little about the humble beginnings of SERVPRO and how it's grown to over 1500 franchises today.

Experiencing water damage, broken pipes, leaking, flooding, or microbial growth (as a result from water damage)??? Call us now! 508-223-0505!

Residential Flooding YouTube Video + Key Facts - North Attleboro, MA

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

What will YOU do when flooding occurs in your home? Call SERVPRO of The Attleboros to have peace of mind. "Like it never even happened."

Flooding is a major issue in North Attleboro and Dodgeville, especially in the spring after the remaining snow melts from the cold winter prior. Flooding in your home or business can happen anytime, which is why we've added this video to our YouTube Channel. The amazing organization Do Something provides us with some helpful flooding tips and facts.

Key Flooding Facts:

  • Flooding is a major problem I the winter because of the snow, but also a problem in the spring because the excess snow still left is thawing. Use caution for basement flooding.
  • A car can swim away in just a couple feet of water.
  • Flooding is extremely common - 90% of declared natural disasters involved flooding.
  • EVERY state in the US is subject to flooding - it can happen anywhere for multiple reasons even if your area doesn't rain a lot.
  • Seek the highest ground whenever you feel endangered by a flood. Flooding is most common in coastal communities with higher-sea level.
  • Without insurance, floods can be VERY costly. We're talking at least $10,000.

Source: https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-floods

Watch the Video on SERVPRO of The Attleboros YouTube Channel!

https://youtu.be/M8XwaTqZIss

Experiencing a basement flooding? How about a flood from a broken or leaking pipe? Let SERVPRO of The Attleboros mitigate your water damage fast and easy! We are available 24/7 for emergency services

508-223-0505

Arbella Insurance Presents Jimmie Allen - Boston, MA

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

Jimmie Allen Mix Lounge - Boston, MA & brought to you by Arbella Insurance.

Arbella Insurance might be a familiar name for you if you reside in New England. Arbella was established in 1988 in Quincy, Massachusetts. Our lovely office manager was invited to the Jimmie Allen Mix Lounge at Casa Caña the evening of June 24th in Boston. This event is sponsored by Arbella Insurance. SERVPRO of The Attleboros has been working with Arbella Insurance for a while because of their diligence and care for the customers. Arbella serves New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. They're truly New Englanders! They care about your questions and concerns. Arbella is full of local independent insurance agents and are personable and timely when it comes to serving the community. Fun Fact - Arbella has been sited in the Boston Business Journal for "Best Places to Work" since 2009. They're objective is to be, "Here. For Good." They also established the Arbella Insurance foundation in 2005 to support non-profit organizations serving the community and those in need.

While the Jimmie Allen event is closed to the public, our Office Manager Lorraine is sure to have a great time, listen to great country music, and meet some new people! 

Reporting a claim or accident? Have billing questions? Arbella Insurance has conveniently provided a few options for getting in touch with them. Contact: https://www.arbella.com/arbella-insurance/customer-service 

Disclaimer - This post is not sponsored. 

Commercial Property Contamination - Do's and Dont's in Attleboro, MA

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Bio-hazards and contamination in your commercial property.

At SERVPRO of The Attleboros, we understand that any type of exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose potentially serious health threats. In a business or any commercial setting, sewage backup, blood cleanup or a chemical spill, can place YOU and other workers at risk. In these types of bio-hazardous situations, your primary focus needs to be safety. 

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of any and all affected areas.
  • Call emergency services if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics lying around. Hang leathers and furs. 
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors. Try to have the areas as clean as possible.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use the television or power on any electronics.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Biohazards should not be taken lightly, so make sure you are following this protocol to remain safe in your place of business. At SERVPRO of The Attleboros, we care about our local community and people. If you have any questions, or would like to contact one of our professionals, please call 508-223-0505 or visit our website.

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Don't Set Yourself on Fire this Independence Day - Attleboro, MA

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Safety should always be a priority on Fourth of July.

Fourth of July is a time to remember how far this county has come in such a relatively short time. July 4th marks America’s anniversary of Independence. Festivities usually include, food, crafty cupcakes you'd find on Pinterest, music, friends, and fireworks. Fireworks/sparklers can be very entertaining if you know how to use them in safety. 

 There are 280 emergency room visits during July alone. Why? Fireworks. 

If you've been to a Massachusetts ER it can be very time-consuming an expensive, so use these safety tips to avoid all that money and time.

  • Quickly move at least 10 feet away from the fireworks 
  • Keep toddlers and children a safe distance from the fireworks - they can have fun watching them, just don't go near them!
  • Do not use fireworks if you are under the influence of drugs, tired, or thinking irrationally.
  • Have backup water preferably in a bucket or hose in case of an unexpected fire
  • If you’ve experienced fire, smoke, and soot damage please call SERVPRO of The Attleboros at 508-234-3399 to repair your home or commercial property/business
  • Visit https://www.cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Fireworks for more information about fire and fireworks safety. 

How To Be a Smart & Prepared Attleboro Business Owner

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Above picture explains the benefits of having an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) with SERVPRO of the Attleboros.

BUSINESS OWNERS, DID YOU KNOW...

50 % of businesses may NEVER recover after a disaster strikes - that's half (1/2) of businesses. That's a huge number!

Preparation is imperative to running successful businesses. Let's face it...life is SO unpredictable, which can be nice, but in the commercial world "unpredictable" is a scary term. After all, anything's super scary if money is involved.

Commercial properties and businesses drive the value of areas like North Attleboro and Dodgeville, so having a specific protocol on hand for when emergencies occur is beneficial. That is why SERVPRO of the Attleboros has developed an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for businesses. Rest assured that an industrial leader for more than 40 years will get to the scene and mitigate damage from your disaster, mold, or flood.

The ERP Advantages:

  1. A no-cost assessment of your facility, meaning no need to allocate funds. Great value - zero cost.
  2. A concise document that contains all the important information about your cleanup/restoration job.
  3. A helpful, informational guide of what to do following a disaster.
  4. Established your SERVPRO Franchise Professional - you'll have peace of mind knowing an industry leader is there to assist you and close-by.
  5. Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so we can begin mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.

Having an Emergency READY Profile can save your business so much time, stress, and money. Please consider contacting SERVPRO of the Attleboros 508-223-0505 and setting up your ERP today! 

Attleboro's Sandy & Storm Tips for Businesses

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Sandy and Storm tips

SERVPRO of The Attleboros specializes in disaster cleanup + restoration, mold remediation, bio-remediation, building services, carpet cleaning and more. We have the most advanced equipment to get any cleaning or restoration job done quickly and correctly. It is always our #1 priority to make customers happy with our services.

Back in October 2012...

Hurricane Sandy took the east coast by surprise, being more devastating than anyone has expected. It started as a Depression in the Caribbean Sea and proceeded North, turning into a Category 1 Hurricane. Sandy went down to a depression again but then picked right back up to a first category. Due to a cold front coming, Sandy became a hybrid of two storms, which caused media outlets to dub it,“Frankenstorm”. 

Sandy pummeled New England states including Massachusetts, largely due to the fact that people were ill-prepared and unaware of how bad it was. 

Businesses must have flood insurance for this very reason. Many businesses in northern states were destroyed during Sandy because business and commercial property owners assumed a storm would never reach. No matter where you're located in the, anything can happen even if storm's and flooding in a particular area is uncommon.

Think: How many uncommon and unpredictable things happen on a daily basis in our lives?

Last;y, if you're experiencing Storm damage or flooding, call SERVPRO of The Attleboros at 508-223-0505!

Cleaning Your Commercial Property: We Mean Business- Attleboro

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning your business safely and effectively - do NOT mix these products together!

It is important for business and commercial property owners to use safe cleaning chemicals, since Attleboro businesses are inhabited by adult, teens, children, and the elderly. 

It is important to know the chemicals and cleaning solutions that should not be mixed together. Mixing certain substances together in an effort to create the perfect cleaning solution can and probably will backfire. 

Harmful Substance Duo's

  • Drain Cleaner and Another Drain Cleaner - Not a good idea to mix two types of drain cleaner together, since some cleaners can be acidic or alkaline. Drain cleaning formulas are so powerful on their own, so there's really no need to mix them.
  • Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide - Although on their own, they're not harmful but mixed together it becomes nearly fatal. The combination of the two create peracetic acid, which can irritate the respiratory system and everywhere externally.
  • Bleach and Rubbing Alcohol - This mixture creates a common deadly chemical: Chloroform. Not good!!!

Before attempting to mix substances together, make sure you conduct your research as to what exactly is in the product. Above all, do not mix these substances together in the same container or spray bottle. 

Business + Commercial Property Owners:

Call SERVPRO of The Attleboros to mitigate your mess @ 508-223-0505

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Advanced Technology When Storms Strike in Attleboro

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

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Hurricane Sandy was detrimental to Rhode Island, CT, MA, and other areas within the United States. There were about 149 reported fatalities due to this super storm that hit us in the fall of 2012. Millions upon millions were without power for days on end. If you remember this time, you would know how stressful things were and how on-edge people were (because nowadays we NEED the internet and WiFi to survive, don't we?). For more information on the cause/effects of Hurricane Sandy, go to National Geographic.

We at SERVPRO of the Attleboros wanted to take the time and give you guys the rundown of the storm damage technology we're working with.

Advanced Technology

  • Electronic & Accurate Moisture detection equipment  - When a storm damages parts of your home or business, it is important to assess the situation and look for any "hidden" moisture, or wetness that is not visible. There can be moisture in the walls, ceilings, furniture, and hard-wood floors (which act as a "sponge" for soaking up water). Moisture detection is done by means of electrodes. These devices were created to be extremely accurate when detecting water.
  • Water Extraction Equipment - To dry the area faster, water extraction equipment is important. The Attleboro basement might be flooded, so a means of getting that water out makes for a more effective and faster drying process. 
  • Industrial Strength Air-Movers + Dehumidifiers  - These will let the moisture evaporate fast and easy. They're portable and able to cover any size area in your home or commercial property.
  • Note: Air-Scrubbers + Thermal Foggers might be needed to deodorize and rid the home of any lingering odors caused by moisture. 

In addition to our technology, we have a highly trained team ready to repair.

Encountering storm damage or water damage? Call SERVPRO of the Attleboros now at 508-223-0505 and our dependable team will be there to fix it, "Like it never even happened." 

May is National Wildfire Awareness Month & 6 Facts

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

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MAY is National Wildfire Awareness Month, and it can be represented by the hashtag #NationalWildfireAwarenessMonth in case you wanted to post about it on social media. Wildfires are pretty common in the highly wooded areas of California and other places. Don't you remember the 2018 California wildfires? It was devastating and allover the news. Statistics say that the 2018 Wildfires were the #1 deadliest and most destructive fire in California history. Maybe you were directly affected by it, or had friends or family residing on the west coast. Everyone has their own stories and experiences,  but it's the perfect time to reflect on the importance of fire safety. Stay informed and ready. Fire's don't just happen across the country - they're in the Attleboros, too!

By the way, check out what's happening now - Florida Wildfires Shut Down Section of I-95

6 Noteworthy Facts:

  1. Plants and animals actually need fire to survive. After a fire, there's more space for a plant to grow and germinate.There's less competition for plant essentials - sunlight, H2O, and nutrients. More plants = more food for herbivores and a better environment.
  2. Most home fires are caused in the kitchen, which makes sense due to the stove, ovens, microwaves, and other heated appliances. Make sure you regularly monitor the functionality of all heated appliances in use, and shut them off when done. Use caution when grilling for your Memorial Day cookout!
  3. The "fire trifecta" includes oxygen, heat, and fuel. It's important to know that trying to put out a fire with oxygen will NOT make the situation better.
  4. Smoke inhalation and lack of oxygen is the primary cause of fire-related deaths - don't breathe that in and get yourself safely OUT!
  5. Look - we all love to have our room smelling like lilacs & lavender, but candles are one of the primary causes of home fires - do not leave it lit if you're leaving the area.
  6. Fire takes about 1-2 minutes to spread rapidly and substantially. Don't waste time and HURRY out of there!

You can also visit the National Fire Protection Association for more information, upcoming events, and fire statistics. 

We at SERVPRO of The Attleboros (508-223-0505) wish you a fantastic and safe Memorial Day Weekend. We are indebted to those who died protecting our country. 

SERVPRO of the Attleboros Has Some Smoke Alarm Tips

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

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We all had classes on fire safety. Growing up in Attleboro, parents, guardians, and teachers told us to stay away from fire and to use caution so as not to cause a fire in your home or school. Fire spreads quickly and substantially, so it is imperative to know exactly what to do when faced with it. With the warm summer months upon us, it's time for many to get their aprons on and grille for the family! Keep these reminders in mind at your next North Attleboro July 4th rendezvous! 

The key tips to practice total fire safety:

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home where there are children, adults, and pets.
  2. It only takes less than 3 minutes for fire to spread and grow, so get out while you can!
  3. Remember if you have battery powered smoke alarms to replace the battery each year or when it is advised by the manufacturer. 
  4. Check the condition of your smoke alarm periodically, and change after a few years (10 at most).
  5. Remember to TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARMS periodically throughout the year.
  6. To prevent "false alarms" (pun intended) dust around your smoke alarm regularly to remove any lingering particles.
  7. If you have a new fire alarm, be sure it abides by the National Fire Alarm Code standards.
  8. Fire sprinklers in your home might be a good idea, so that's a safety measure worth considering.

More more information on fire, smoke, and soot damage, please view our official website!

Experiencing fire. smoke, and soot damage? Call SERVPRO of the Attleboros right now at 508-223-0505! It'll be, "Like it never even happened." 

Fire Isn't Fun - Tips For Attleboro Residents & Beyond

5/17/2019 (Permalink)

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FIRE - that word alone can bring anyone fear, except if you're stranded on a desert island - then you'd get full of hope. Flames from a fire is always unexpected and traumatic. Nobody ever said fire was fun (accept for somebody accused of arson, maybe?). In the wooded areas of Attleboro, fires can especially become a problem and even after that, water damage may ensue in your residence or building.

Remember to do these things in case of a fire:

  • Limit moving/touching affected areas to prevent tiny soot particles from getting into furniture & carpets
  • Use clean towels/old linens on areas where people might be walking
  • Wash houseplants thoroughly but carefully 
  • Change HVAC (Heating & air-conditioning) filter 

If you're like me, you like your home or office to be clean (cars are sometimes an exception). If I see my items damaged in any way, my first inclination is to fix the damaged furniture, clothing, and electronics - after all, those items are so important to me. My mom once uttered the phrase to me, "A washer and dryer are your best friends."

Now this might be the case for usual circumstances, however with smoke, fire, and soot you SHOULD NOT attempt to clean anything. Doing this can also cause the smoke odor to set in the clothing, making it even harder to deodorize them.

SERVPRO of the Attleboros is dedicated to providing exceptional support during your stressful time. Call us now at 508-223-0505 now! 

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Summer's Coming (and So Is Mold)!

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

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After rain and storms, your residence or commercial property can get flooded and as a result, mold can become a huge issue due to its quick spreading and its love for wet, moist environments.

SERVPRO of The Attleboros is a leader in mold remediation. We understand what exactly mold is and both the effective and ineffective ways of treating it. 

Key Facts:

  • The longer you wait to call a professional, the worse the damage will be
  • Water is highly absorbent, even in places you might not normally think of - like wooden floors or ceilings - be aware that mold can grow in those places
  • Mold spores are microscopic, so they're not visible to the naked eye
  • Black mold is especially toxic and harmful to health
  • Mold produces a pungent odor especially in highly concentrated areas
  • It only takes 48-72 hours for mold to grow significantly
  • We abide by the standards and regulations of The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
  • Mold remediation and mold removal are not synonymous - it is impossible to remove all mold because mold exists everywhere - however we'll make your residence/commercial property safe and habitable

Call SERVPRO of The Attleboros 24/7 at 508-223-0505 for Applied Microbial Remediation or other water damage and mold remediation services. Our team of technicians are trained in restoration where mold is present.

For more information, check out our  informative Mold Remediation page on our official website.

When Your Home is Flooded

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

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Household flooding can quickly turn into a disaster of epic proportions. Thankfully, SERVPRO of The Attleboros has got you covered for when disaster strikes.

What You Need to Do:

  1. Call our 24/7 support service - we are here to help YOU
  2. Provide your name, address, and insurance information
  3. That's it! Now you can wait for a SERVPRO professional to come to you immediately to assess and rectify the damages.

You Should Call SERVPRO because...

  • we're the premiere water damage and restoration company in the U.S. and Canada
  • we're locally owned and operated
  • we genuinely care about our clients
  • We use state-of-the-art equipment to remove all moisture, even if it's hidden

Got an emergency, questions or concerns? Do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of The Attleboros anytime @ 508-223-0505

Norton Massachusetts - Commercial Water & Fire Damage Restoration

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Mansfield & Norton Massachusetts - Commercial Water & Fire Damage Restoration

When your commercial building gets hit with a fire or water damage and flooding call us. We can help you get back in the game. SERVPRO is well known in the commercial disaster restoration industry as a leader. We can handle small & large commercial jobs and have services needed to help your business get back operating as fast as possible.

When there is water the first step is to extract the water and evaluate the flooring and walls to start the drying process. Our goal to save as much of the interior as possible based on safety standards and to make sure all surfaces get dried and then clean up.

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We can help!! 

When disaster hits call

SERVPRO of The Attleboros 508-223-0505

We Specialize in Water Cleanup!

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your home’s basement could flood, including:

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of The Attleboros and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill the Insurance Directly – One less thing for you to worry about
  • Our Technicians are highly-trained in water restoration techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment 

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Understanding Post-Fire Cleanup

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of The Attleboros, we understand that your home or commercial facility contains many of your most valuable possessions. When a loss or damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back.

For this week’s blog, we will focus on the three types of contents services that our professionals provide.

Inventory

One of the first priorities in fire restoration is to complete an accurate inventory to help ensure you can properly account for all your belongings. SERVPRO of The Attleboros can provide a detailed room-by-room inventory of contents, including digital photographs and bar codes for each item, suitable for filing insurance claims forms and relieving you of this often stressful and time-consuming process.

Move Outs

When the structure has suffered extensive damage, the cleanup and restoration process may need to be facilitated by relocating the contents for cleaning, deodorization and storage while structural repairs are being completed. A supervised moving crew can carefully pack and move the entire contents of your home or office.

Contents Cleaning

All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies, and upholstery. Our franchise professionals begin by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate. We provide wet or dry cleaning. Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to as near as preloss condition as possible. This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, bric-a-brac and much more.

Like it was never dirty, like it never overflowed, like it never caught fire – whatever the case, SERVPRO of The Attleboros can make any disaster, “Like it never even happened.”

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The SERVPRO Story

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Ted and Doris Isaacson launched SERVPRO in 1967 as a painting business in Sacramento, California. With a background in cleaning and restoration, Ted and Doris soon transformed the company into a franchisor of cleanup and restoration specialists. 

After selling its first Franchise in 1969, SERVPRO continued to grow, acquiring the Bristol-Myers Domesticare Division and its 175 Franchises in 1979. 

Nine years later, SERVPRO relocated the corporate headquarters from Sacramento to Gallatin, Tennessee. At the time, the SERVPRO system consisted of 647 Franchises. 

SERVPRO Corporate quickly became a key contributor in its community, and in 1991, the Nashville Business Journal name SERVPRO the Small Business of the Year. In the meantime, the company continued its impressive growth, selling the 1,00th Franchise in 2000. 

In 2005, SERVPRO moved to a 140,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Gallatin to provide more room for expansion. Today, there are more than 1,700 Franchises operating nationwide. The need for experienced, trained, and professional cleanup and restoration experts is recession resistant, and the growth potential inside of a proven system presents an opportunity for prospective Franchisees. 

With a proud history, a successful present and bright future, SERVPRO will continue to press on toward becoming the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world. 

Storm Damage in Seekonk, MA

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of The Attleboros, we are a trusted leader in the restoration industry. We have a number of disaster recovery services that we tailor due to the type of a disaster. Our  technicians respond quickly and are trained in a number of different fields to get the job done both quickly and effectively.

Our residential services include, but are not limited to:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration 
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building Services

If you have any questions regarding our residential services, please visit our website.

When disaster strikes your place of business, we understand how much of a bother this can be to you, your staff, and your productivity. We are a restoration company and devote our time and work to disaster recovery and restoration. We understand that every hour lost cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of The Attleboros provides professional cleaning and emergency restoration services to get your business running smoothly again.

Our commercial services include, but are not limited to:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Cleaning Services
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events

SERVPRO of The Attleboros is ready 24/7, 365 days a year. We understand that a disaster has the ability to strike at any moment, and that is why we make our crews available to you and your family in any time of need.

If you have any questions or would like to inquire about our services, please visit our website  (mentioned above), or give us a call at (508) 223-0505!

Slip, Trip and Fall!

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Slips, trips, and falls are a common cause of accidents and injuries. Most slip or fall accidents can be prevented by following some simple preventative measures. Inspect a fire-damaged building for potential slippery surfaces and tripping obstacles; then apply safety measures to prevent an accident.

People sometimes do not think about the potential hazard of walking on slippery surfaces. Wet floors are slippery. A dry floor may pose a hazard if a surface nearby is wet (for example, someone walking across a wet carpet, gets their shoes wet, and then walks onto a hard surface floor and slips). Use signs to warn people when floors are wet and slippery. Many people do not realize that soot residues deposited on tile flooring is also a potential slippery surface. 

Structures that have been damaged by fire can present various kinds of trip and fall hazards. Keep floors, walkways, and aisles clean, dry and free from protruding nails, splinters, loose boards, holes, or projections. Cover holes in the floor or mount a temporary guardrail, so people do not accidentally trip or fall.

Spring Tips

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

As the snow finally melts in Massachusetts, homeowners everywhere are dealing with more leaks, flooding and related problems in their home(s). With water damage, mold can follow. Fortunately, you can prevent the spread of mold this spring. These five simple and practical tips from SERVPRO of The Attleboros will help you control moisture, properly ventilate your home, thoroughly clean, and ultimately, prevent mold from growing inside of your home. 

Reposition Your Downspouts

Make sure your downspouts are positioned away from your home. This will ensure water drains away from the house preventing debris, soil, and stone buildup. Repositioning the downspouts will help ensure the interior of your home remains nice and dry and, as a result, free of fungal growth. 

Use a Dehumidifier 

Many homes have a closed-loop ventilation system, which essentially recirculates the same air indoors. To purify the air and prevent indoor air contaminants from collecting, consider using a dehumidifier. Your basement, for example, is a great place to install a dehumidifier, because basements are generally damp. The dehumidifier will help keep the relative humidity between 30 and 50 percent hereby preventing black mold growth.

Check Your Attic 

Inspect your crawl space, your attic or any room you tend to overlook or think little about. Because you do not spend a great deal of time in these rooms, you will neither consider nor suspect mold growth. The longer mold grows, the greater its damage. Not only will the cost to remediate the problem increase, but your health may worsen because of ongoing mold exposure. So, it is crucial you detect mold in its earliest stages. Inspecting the rooms you do not usually will help you do just that. 

Repair All Leaks 

If the wintry weather has damaged your home's foundation or roofing, leaving cracks of any size, water can easily enter. When you have moisture, the right temperature, and a food source (think drywall), mold can grow within just 24 to 48 hours. Act fast and fix leaking pipes, deteriorating window sills and frames, and even a cracked chimney or foundation. Inspect areas of your home where there's more plumbing and potential for leaks: in the basement and underneath the bathroom and kitchen sinks. Unfortunately, you cannot always see a leaking pipe. In many cases, it's either behind a wall or underneath a floorboard. For assurance and peace of mind, consider calling SERVPRO of The Attleboros for a professional assessment. 

Frequently Clean

Spring is the perfect time to clean your carpets; furniture; kitchen crevices; bathroom grout; and all of the dark, damp corners of your home. Cleaning each of these will help you keep tabs on problem areas. You are more likely to locate water damage and prevent mold if you are cleaning on a regular basis.

Always control moisture, keep sufficient airflow and clean your home often. If you see signs of mold following your spring cleaning, contact SERVPRO of The Attleboros to professionally clean, dry and disinfect the area. Mold in your home due to winter conditions is an unfortunate situation, but SERVPRO of The Attleboros will happily clean up any damage and make it look, "Like it never even happened." 

For additional tips, use this checklist to get your home spring-ready.

Biohazard Safety Precautions

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros we make it our top priority to inform all of our customers about the dangers concerning bio-hazardous waste. Not sure what constitutes as bio-hazardous waste? According to Iowa State University of Science and Technology, “Bio-hazardous waste is define as: All biologically contaminated waste that could potentially cause harm to humans, domestic or wild animals or plants. Examples include human and animal blood, tissues, and certain body fluids, recombinant DNA, and human, animal or plant pathogens.”

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean and safe, homes and offices.

After any contamination to your home or business, it is necessary to ask yourself a few questions:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • How long have you been exposed to the contaminant?
  • Is it a flood? Did you know that floods can contain sewage and pesticides, among many other things?
  • What activities are safe for you to perform?

Although these are just a few of the many questions you should be asking yourself when a bio-hazardous situation occurs, we have the professionals capable of transforming any dangerous situation into a safe and conducive living environment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at (508)-223-0505 or visit our website

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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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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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Commercial Water Cleanup - Swansea, MA

9/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Water Damage & Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running after a disaster. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation!

Within Minutes:

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.

Call SERVPRO of The Attleboros @ 508-223-0505 or visit our Facebook page.

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Commercial Carpet Cleaning

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

We also offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Preventative Maintenance

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Professional Cleaning

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

We will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today at (508) 223-0505!

When a Storm Hits, We're Ready!

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of The Attleboros specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams.

Have storm or flood damage? Call us today at (508) 234-3399!

Mold Problem?

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float around the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If you see signs of mold, call us today at (508) 223-0505!

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Coastal Flooding Information

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Coastal/Lakeshore Flood Warning

Flooding that will pose a serious threat to life and property is occurring, imminent, or highly likely. Coastal/Lakeshore Flood Warnings are issued using the Coastal/Lakeshore Hazard Message (CFW) product.

Coastal/Lakeshore Flood Watch

Flooding with significant impact is possible. Coastal/Lakeshore Flood Watches are issued using the Coastal/Lakeshore Hazard Message (CFW) product.

River Flood Statement

This product issued by the local National Weather Service Forecast office (NWFO) to update and expand the information in the River Flood Warning. This statement may be used in lieu of a warning if flooding is forecasted, imminent, or existing and it presents no threat to life or property. The statement will also be used to terminate a River Flood Warning.

River Flood Warning

Flooding is defined as the inundation of normally dry areas as a result of increased water levels in an established water course. The flood warning normally specifies crest information. It usually occurs 6 hours or later after the causative event and it is usually associated with widespread heavy rain and/or snow melt or ice jams.

Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory

The advisory alerts the public to flooding which is generally only as an inconvenience (not life-threatening) to those living in the affected area. Issued when heavy rain will cause flooding of streets and low-lying places in urban areas. Also used if small rural or urban streams are expected to reach or exceed bankfull. Some damage to homes or roads could occur. 

If you have any questions, please visit our website or give us a call at 508-223-0505. 

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Fire Damage - Can it be Cleaned?

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damages can present different cleaning and restoration situations depending on how elements interact as the fire progresses. Here are some factors you should consider to determine how difficult it will be to remove smoke residues.

Type of Surface: Porous surfaces allow particles and odor to penetrate further and are much more difficult to clean. Nonporous surfaces such as vinyl wall coverings and glossy, enamel paint are easier to clean than flat latex paint or paper wall coverings. Synthetic fibers can attract greater concentrations of residue than natural fibers, but usually synthetics clean better than natural fabrics.

Age of Surface: Generally, the older the surface, the harder it is to clean. This holds true whether the surface is paint, fabric, or carpet. For example, as older paint deteriorates, it becomes more porous and its adhesion to the surface is weakened.

Amount of Heat: The hotter the fire, the harder it will be to clean surfaces. Heat causes surfaces to expand and become more porous. Residue and odors can penetrate all surfaces more effectively. Heat can also char materials or melt and bubble finishes. In these cases, cleaning alone will not restore the surfaces. Refinishing will be required.

Amount of Moisture: Moisture sets residues and makes them more likely to stain surfaces permanently. In fires where sprinklers were activated or surfaces were saturated as firefighters were fighting the fire, residues will be much more difficult to clean. Damp weather and walls that are damp from condensation also help set residues. Moisture and heat can combine with smoke residues to cause surfaces to become yellowed.

Type of Material Burned: Burned synthetic materials produce residues much more difficult to remove than burned natural materials. Plastics and rubber create wet, smeary residues that can stain surfaces. Wood and other natural materials leave a drier residue that is easier to clean.

Air Pressure: Hot air expands. As the temperature of air increases, the volume of air increases. Expanding air creates pressure that can drive soot into cracks and crevices, making cleaning difficult.

Impingement: As the temperature of air becomes hotter, the air movement becomes more turbulent. This turbulent air moves with greater velocity through a structure and collides with surfaces. The sharp collisions of smoke residues splattering on vertical surfaces is called "impingement," and may leave residues that are more difficult to remove. 

Temperature Change: Smoke residues may cause some types of damage due to heat changes. If residues contain hot oils and are cooled quickly due to temperature change, the residues may form a film on a surface that is difficult to clean.

What to do After a Water Damage

6/21/2018 (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 damages occurring in your home very real. Whether it is pipe damage or a weather-related issue that is the cause, 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 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 SERVPRO of The Attleboros 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
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Don't use television or other household appliances
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

Never try to fix a broken pipe by using tape or plumbing putty. Broken pipes are a serious problem, which should be handled by a professional. SERVPRO of The Attleboros are on standby 24 hours daily to help home and business owners with complete cleanup. Our goal is to help you regain control and repair any damage, “Like it never even happened.”

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Water Disaster - Seekonk, MA

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

There's no such thing as small disaster. Especially when the water you don't see contains bacteria - or causes mold, rot, and other unseen damage. Water damage can affect the value of your property. So before you get out the mop bucket and box fan to try and clean it up yourself, consider how this will affect your property.

Here at SERVPRO of The Attleboros, we understand how disruptive unseen water damage can be for your business. For this reason, we offer 24-hour emergency response and, under normal circumstances, will have a trained, uniformed Franchise Professional on-site within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services. By responding quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, we can help YOU regain control quickly while drying, deodorizing, and protecting your facility and its contents.

So, before you risk further damaging the value of your facility by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, give us a call at (508) 223-0505 and we'll work to make the disaster, "Like it never even happened."

Storm Preparedness - Southeastern Massachusetts

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

How quickly could your home or business get back on its feet if a tornado, flood, fire, or another natural disaster struck? No matter how unlikely it may seem, disasters happen everyday. True preparedness means being ready for any emergency.

SERVPRO of the Attleboros would like to encourage you to prepare for the worst. Business continuity and preparedness can be very complicated and stressful. Contact us for any additional information and we would love to provide you with any resources that can help you in your time of need. Our resources include residential and commercial preparedness plan information, family and business communication plans, home and workplace emergency contact cards, as well as emergency supply checklists.

Our representatives are available 24 hours, 365 days a year. Don't let Mother Nature catch you off guard! Stay prepared this summer season!

Document Drying - Post Storm Damage

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Concerned that your documents may be lost forever after a major storm? Have no fear! Here at SERVPRO of The Attleboros, we have state-of-the-art technology that can restore your damaged documents after a storm!

Inventory

We bar-code every box using the iCat system, allowing us to know the location of any box in our facility at any time. All documents are inventoried at the location of the loss prior to packaging.

Drying

Process in which an item containing moisture is frozen and dried using various vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation.

Decontamination/Gamma

High-energy photons are emitted from an isotope source (Cobalt 60) producing ionization (electron disruptions) throughout a product. In living cells, these disruptions result in damage to the DNA and other cellular structures. These photon-induced changes at the molecular level cause the death of the organism or render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma process does not create residuals or impart radioactivity in processed products.

Gamma Irradiation is a process that is used for cleaning/disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods.

In a Category 3 situation (sewage or flood water), documents are not only deteriorating but are also infected with all types of bacteria. As you all know in most storm situations you are dealing with CAT 3 water, therefore most of the affected documents that you will encounter will be contaminated; if this is the case than de-contamination is always a must.

Cleaning

We will go through each box page by page to wipe down and remove dirt, soot, or other contaminants. We have 3 levels of cleaning based on the type of soiling, and how heavy it is.

Deodorizing

Many times documents that have been affected will hold residual smells of contaminants, or mildew, and should be deodorized before being returned to your client.

Digitizing

With the new age of technology, digitizing records and documents has become a standard practice in most industries. This eliminates the need to have massive file storage rooms and allows us to access records at the click of a button. if your file room was damaged by water, or smoke, and needed to be cleaned, dried, or decontaminated, digitizing might be a good choice to eliminate the need to have 100's or even 1000's of documents and records in storage.

Certified Destruction

Often times facilities will have documents they no longer need to hold on to and would simply like to have them disposed of properly.

Commercial Biohazard - Berkley, MA

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we understand that any type of exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose some serious health threats and consequences. In a commercial setting, any type of sewage backup, blood cleanup or even chemical spill, can place YOU and all of the inhabitants of the area at risk. Upon recognizing the situation, your primary focus should be safety. After the area has been critically assessed, you should be well versed in the do’s and don’ts after a contamination.

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • 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.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Situations that contain any biohazardous material or spills, should not be handled lightly. At SERVPRO of the Attleboros, we care about our local community, as well as all of those that live in the area. If you have any questions, or would like to contact one of our professionals, please call (508)-223-0505 or visit our website.

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Commercial Water - Attleboro, MA

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Restoring Your Commercial Property after a Water Damage Event

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties in Attleboro are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of The Attleboros (508) 223-0505

SERVPRO of the Attleboros specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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 knowledge to restore your property.

Dighton, MA - Commercial Services

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of the Attleboro's has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Examples of properties that we can and have cleaned before in the past, include(s):

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military
  • Universities
  • Schools
  • Restaurants
  • Commercial Disaster Recovery Services 

We are available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services by calling SERVPRO of The Attleboros at (508) 223-0505 or visit our Facebook page!

Who in Seekonk, Massachusetts Wants to Learn About Mold?

5/18/2018 (Permalink)

To most people who are not scientists, mold is simply a dark and nasty, black substance that seems to come out of thin air and makes your bathroom nearly impossible to clean. Generally, mold does not seem like a very interesting topic or even a welcoming subject to study. However, the art of mold cleaning may require a little testing to see just what you are up against. A certified industrial hygienist actually takes an interest in mold and is dealt with the job of determining just what kind it is. If you have any concerns or questions about a mold "invasion," you can contact a mold remediation specialist!

Who Are These Masked Scientists?

Well, of course they are wearing a mask. They are dealing with mold. Only these specialists are trained to determine if the air you breathe and the environment around you is safe. They are concerned with the public and any technicians or workers who may be dealing with the mold cleaning project. Their job is to fight mold using the following methods:

  • Taking samples of the surfaces and air where mold is evident.
  • Examining the samples under a microscope.
  • Performing readings to determine the type of mold and its effect on people who have come in contact with it.

Many mold remediation companies rely on certified industrial hygienists when performing assessments following water damage or when a microbial presence is discovered. Their training and professional assessment are beneficial in determining the safety of the environment.

While you may not want to give mold cleaning a second thought, when this substance seeps into your life, it’s good to know there are skilled people who understand its effect on your surroundings. Certified industrial hygienists know just what they are looking for and how to protect your quality of life.

Call SERVPRO of The Attleboros at (508) 223-0505!

Attleboro, MA - Fire Restoration Process

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Have you ever wondered about the SERVPRO Fire Restoration Process?

Step 1: Emergency Contact

After the fire has been suppressed, the restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Northern Rhode Island. We are open on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Disasters don’t wait for regular business hours, so why should we?

Step 2: Inspection & Assessment

Our professionals will come into your home or property and carefully inspect each and every square inch to produce an accurate report of fire, smoke, and soot damage.

Step 3: Board-Up & Tarp Service(s)

Since fire damage has the potential to compromise windows, walls, and roofs, we offer board-up services to protect your home’s from outside elements.

Step 4: Water Removal & Drying

If water damage is present in your home, we will work to remove ALL of the water. This will by done using dehumidifiers and air movers.

Step 5: Remove Smoke & Soot from ALL Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning & Sanitizing

We will clean all of the restorable items, as well as structures that were impacted by the fire damage. If necessary, our Professionals will even remove offensive odors!

Step 7: Complete Restoration

Once your house is back to its pre-fire condition, our job is done!

If you experience a fire damage and live in South Eastern Massachusetts, please give us a call at (508) 223-0505!

"Mold Removal" vs. "Mold Remediation"

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, removing all mold from a home or business area is simply not possible. Did you know? Some restoration businesses advertise complete“mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a lie.

A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

Signs of Mold?

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants and have the potential to cause other health effects.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas. Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

For more information, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (508) 223-0505!

Air Ducts & HVACs

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of the Attleboros, a clean HVAC system means a cleaner and healthier environment for you and your family. Quite often, ventilation systems are the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. If it has been a while since these systems have been serviced or even inspected, different contaminants including dust, pollen, odors, debris, etc., could be making their way around your home, without you even realizing it. Have no fear though, we at SERVPRO are always ready to come in and get the job done quickly!

We care about the customer, and sometimes, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns that will save you more money, and provide a peace of mind in the health of your system and family.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about what we can do for your Berkley, MA property, please give us a call at (508) 223-0505!

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Time is a Precious Commodity

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

When you need it done right and done fast, call SERVPRO of the Attleboros for all your commercial cleaning needs. Did you know? When you hire us for maintenance cleaning, you receive around the clock restoration services built with you in mind. Quality cleaning and quick response - that's the SERVPRO way!

Can't figure out how to get the job done? Call (508) 223-0505 for all of your emergency restoration needs. Because when you experience a fire, water, or even mold damage in your facility, you need fast response and the expertise to get the job done right., ensuring your business can get back into operation as quickly as possible. Through it all, you expect the most reliable information and the very best service at a fair price. 

SERVPRO of the Attleboros is committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs. We can provide: 

  • 50 years of experience as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider.
  • Quick response time to help ensure the damage is contained and the restoration process beings promptly. 
  • Large loss capabilities - no fire or water damage is too big.

Fire Damage Tips - Dighton, MA

4/12/2018 (Permalink)

What you can do until help arrives

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

  • 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.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to the fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

If you suffer from fire, smoke or soot damage we can help clean up the disaster and clean with care. Call SERVPRO of The Attleboros at (508) 223-0505!

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Fire Damage Restoration - Attleboro, MA

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

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The Basics of a Thunderstorm

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

A severe thunderstorm is a storm that produces a tornado, reaching winds of at least 58 mph, and or hail at least 3/4 inches in diameter. Structural wind damage may imply the occurrence of a severe thunderstorm. When a thunderstorm's wind gust(s) is equal to or greater than 40 mph, it is defined as approaching "severe."

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

This is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. The size of the watch can vary depending on the weather situation. They are usually issued for a duration of four to eight hours. They are typically issued well in advance of the actual occurrence of severe weather. During the watch, people should review safety rules and be prepared to move into a place of safety is threatening weather approaches.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning 

This is issued when either a severe thunderstorm is indicated by the WSR 88D radar or a spotter reports a thunderstorm producing hail 3/4 inch or larger in diameter and or winds equal or exceed 59 miles an hour; therefore, people int he affected area should seek safe shelter immediately. Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes with little or no advance warning. Lightning frequency is not a criterion for issuing a severe thunderstorm warning. They are usually issued for a duration of one hour. They can even be issued without a Severe Thunderstorm Watch being already in effect. 

If your home suffers any damage from a thunderstorm, please give us a call at (508) 223-0505.

Common Mold Issues

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

Any home or commercial business can quickly become infested with mold with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48-72 hours and can produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.  

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO Professionals can inspect and assess your property. If mold is found, they have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

SERVPRO of The Attleboros:

  • 24/7 Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Specialists
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry 

Understanding Mold

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. 
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return. 
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Common Mold Misconceptions

With sensational news stories and misleading advertising, you can easily understand why so many people are misinformed about indoor mold. Learn the facts about mold and the mold remediation process.

Fire Prevention Week

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Week

October 8th-14th is Fire Prevention week and when it comes to fires, SERVPRO of The Attleboros wants you to be safe and prepared. Here are some tips on fire safety provided by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) so that you can be SERVPRO READY:

Test Your Smoke Alarms – According to NFPA 60% of reported home fire deaths from 2007 to 2011 were homes that had either zero smoke alarms or homes that had smoke alarms, but they were defective. Usually, smoke alarms fail to operate if the batteries are dead or if they are connected incorrectly. Checking to make sure your smoke alarm(s) work could save you and your family’s life.

Plan an Escape Route - Only about one-third of Americans have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Having an escape plan during a fire is essential. If the fire blocks the main escape route, be sure to have a secondary route in place.

Cooking - Two out of every five home fires start in the kitchen. Unattended cooking is the main factor in these situations and they can be extremely dangerous. Make sure your stove is supervised at all times!

Electrical Fires - These types of fires are caused by various electrical equipment such as washers, dryers, fans, portable or stationary space heaters, air conditioning equipment, and water heaters. These types of equipment should be monitored frequently to optimal safety. ALWAYS remember to turn off electrical equipment such as space heaters when leaving your home.

Candles- Burning scented candles during fall may bring the spirit of the season to your home, but they can also be dangerous if left unattended. On average, there are 32 home candle fires reported per day. Blow out your candles before going to bed and do not leave them in areas where they can easily spread.

SERVPRO of The Attleboros wants to ensure that you take fire safety precautions during this week as well as throughout the rest of the year. If your home faces damage due to a fire, call SERVPRO of The Attleboros at (508) 223-0505. We will clean up any fire damage in your home and make it, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Recognizes National Preparedness

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Local disaster restoration specialist offers no-cost tools to help property owners prepare a comprehensive emergency readiness plan

Attleboro, MA (Grassroots Newswire) August 23, 2017 - September is National Preparedness Month (http://www.ready.gov/September), an annual event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to raise awareness about the importance of preparing—in advance—for the unexpected. In support of this initiative, Donald McKendall, owner of SERVPRO® of The Attleboros, encourages Attleboro property owners to take the following two steps now to protect their family, home, and business in the aftermath of a disaster.

  1. Review and update your emergency preparedness plan, including business and life continuity plans. If you don’t yet have a plan, use the tools provided by FEMA to get started. (https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan)
  2. Collect and store time-critical information, like the location of shutoff valves, fire suppression system controls, and emergency contact numbers electronically, where it is immediately available to assist first responders.

“Evacuation plans and emergency supply kits help you survive a disaster, but a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan helps you recover from a disaster,” said McKendall. “The most effective response to any emergency is a fast response. That’s why having critical system and contact information at your fingertips is so important. A quick and effective response helps minimize repairs and downtime, helping both businesses and families get back on track in less time, with less stress.”

SERVPRO offers tools for both commercial and residential property owners to help them minimize damage and recover quickly from emergencies. The SERVPRO READY app stores essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp. Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of The Attleboros as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) and storing that profile in the READY app.

“Rapid response from a disaster cleanup and restoration specialist can help the property owner evaluate options, start the insurance process, and take the right steps from the beginning to bring their property back to normal,” said McKendall. “Even in the confusion and panic that often surround a disaster, a property owner or manager using the SERVPRO READY app can reach out for expert help right from the scene, using a cell phone.”

SERVPRO® of The Attleboros 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 Donald McKendall at (508) 223-0505 or don@SERVPROmckendall.com. For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.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.

The SERVPRO ERP

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, "Are you ready for whatever could happen?"

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage

  • A no cost assessment of your facility. This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save 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 provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

SERVPRO Does Fire & Smoke Cleanup

6/13/2017 (Permalink)

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

  • 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 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.

What Not To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to the fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

If you have any questions, please call SERVPRO of The Attleboros @ 508-223-0505 or visit our Facebook page.

Put On Your Noses!

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

All month, SERVPRO of The Attleboros has been sending representatives all across the state of Massachusetts to promote what is called Red Nose Day. Associated with the charity Comic Relief, the foundation has showcased what a little bit of comedy can do to support children that are living below the poverty line for the past thirty years.


If you would like more information, visit https://rednoseday.org/ and if possible, please donate!


We at SERVPRO of The Attleboros support this cause and will continue to back it for years to come.

Commercial Building Services

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

When your home or business has been damaged by fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris.After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of The Attleboro's can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.The professionals at SERVPRO of The Attleboro's can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.SERVPRO of The Attleboro's can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.
  • Board Up
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electrical
  • Electronics Restoration
  • Fine Art Restoration
  • Furniture Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood Floor Repair
  • HVAC Services
  • Linoleum Floor Repair
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Plumbing
  • Portable Power
  • Roof Tarp
  • Roofing Services
  • Scalable Resources
  • Temporary Fencing
  • Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Tree Removal

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. We study IICRC standards and best practices in cleaning and restoration standards.

A Few of Our Restoration Certifications

  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

For more information, please give us a call at (508) 223-0505!

TPC Boston

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Then course is now open! As a reminder, TPC Boston is welcoming spring with an early-season membership offer now through April 15th. With a membership at TPC Boston, you can entertain clients, improve your game, spend quality time with your family and friends, or even host business meetings.

Membership Includes:

  • Entertaining at the Highest Level
  • Family Privileges
  • TPC Network Access
  • Full Member Event Schedule

There's a lot to look forward to in 2017 at TPC Boston. The TPC Network is growing in size, with over 100 clubs available to TPC Boston Members. TPC will be unveiling two completely redesigned holes by Golf Course Architect, Gil Hanse and welcoming Dell Technologies as the new Title Sponsor of their PGA Tour playoff event. Their highly-rated Clubhouse is continually adding amenities, all without any assessments to members. Make TPC Boston your home away from home in 2017.

If you have any questions about TPC Boston or the benefits of a membership, please contact darrengarrity@pgatourtpc.com.

Source: https://tpc.com/boston/.

Safety Precautions for Ozone

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Ozone (also called activated oxygen) is a toxic gas and must be used carefully. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established a permissible exposure level (PEL) for ozone at 0.1 ppm, meaning a safe level of ozone exposure is 0.1 parts per million (ppm) of air volume. ozone generators produce concentrations from 0.3 t 1.5 ppm, so ozone deodorization procedures could potentially produce levels of ozone that would be hazardous in prolonged exposure situations. 

Like most "chemical" products, ozone can be hazardous, but if used properly this method of deodorization is as safe as other available methods. Observe safety precautions when deodorizing with ozone. Use activated oxygen only in unoccupied areas. Ozone is toxic when high concentrations are inhaled, so remove all people and pets from the areas to be ozoned. Place "Ozone Warning" signs at all entries prior to performing activated oxygen procedures. 

Avoid overexposure to ozone concentrations of .05 ppm and greater. Recommended personal protective equipment for working with ozone includes safety glasses or goggles, chemical-resistant gloves, and NIOSH-approved respirator with an organic vapor cartridge. High concentrations may cause respiratory ailments, dry throats, and severe eye irritation. If you experience any reactions, move to fresh air immediately and seek medical help. 

Ventilating the treated area is recommended. Ozone dissipates completely within minutes and leaves no residue, strong fragrances, or chemicals to which people may be allergic or sensitive. Wait 15 to 45 minutes after ozone generation has stopped to safely enter an ozoned room. Ventilate the treated area at least 30 minutes prior to reentry. 

Protecting Yourself From the Swine Flu and Norovirus

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

Our three franchises have the protocol and product to clean!

SERVPRO of the Attleboros recommends the following job process for cleaning:

  • Wear PPE consisting of full Tyvek, full face respirator, gloves and foot protection.
  • Mist the immediate area with the EPA registered disinfectant using the #716 MacroMist II ULV Fogger at a rate of ~8 oz per 2,000 sq. ft or 20,000 cu. ft.
  • Allow a 30 minute dwell time.
  • Ventilate and wipe down with a clean towel.

Swine Flu is an airborne virus. Airborne viruses are only viable outside of a human body for a limited period of time. This type of disease is transmitted by sneezing and coughing. Airborne viruses are generally not transmitted by secondary contact as is the case with many bacterial infections. Please advise customers this treatment is not meant to be a 100% defense against the Swine Flu, and you are not assuming any liability for future outbreaks in treated structures. A carrier of the Swine Flu could easily enter the structure post cleaning and cough or sneeze on others and transmit the disease. The current Swine Flu is a new strain. The information presented is based on the current information being offered by the CDC.

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SERVPRO Baton Rouge Flood Cleanup

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

On the way to help in Baton Rouge!

Team green rolling into Baton Rouge, here to help those in need. #SERVPROCares — at I-12 Baton Rouge.

After the flood, cleanup needs to start right away!

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Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call us Today at 508-223-0505!

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Why Choose SERVPRO of The Attleboros Franchise Professional?

Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of The Attleboros Franchise Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

Trained Water Damage Specialists

They specialize in water and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have extensive water damage restoration training that enables them to get you back to normal.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

SERVPRO of The Attleboros Franchise Professionals have a national network of over 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Team strategically located throughout the country.

Regardless of the Storm Damage, We Can Help!

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.

  • Flooding caused by heavy rains
  • Hurricanes and tidal surges
  • Tornados and wind damage
  • Ice and snowstorms
  • Wild fires 

2016 PGA Championship

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Starting tomorrow, July 28th, the 98th annual PGA Championship will take place. This year, the Championship takes place at Baltusrol Golf Club’s Lower Course in Springfield, New Jersey.  With 156 players in the field, all eyes will be on defending champion, Jason Day. Last year, Day finished the major with a total score of 268 (-20), the joint lowest score in relation to par ever recorded in a major championship. The only other person to reach this feat, Henrik Stenson at the 2016 Open Championship just a few weeks ago.

We’d like to wish each of the competitor’s luck, and we look forward to following the action!

SERVPRO is an official marketing partner of the PGA Tour and Champion Tour.

If you suffer a disaster and need disaster cleanup and restoration, please call SERVPRO of The Attleboros at 508-223-0505.

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SERVPRO® of The Attleboros Goes “All In” at SERVPRO Convention

7/5/2016 (Permalink)

47th annual event sets another record for attendance

(Grassroots Newswire) - SERVPRO®, an industry leader in disaster cleanup, restoration and remediation services, welcomed a record-breaking group of more than 2800 franchise owners, key staff and corporate representatives, including SERVPRO of The Attleboros , to their 47th Annual SERVPRO® Convention, held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas from June 26 to 30.

The week of workshops, networking and keynote presentations was based on the theme “All In” and was designed to unite franchise owners, team members, distributors and associates.

“For a small business owner, time is money. But the time spent at this annual event is time well spent,” said Don McKendall, owner of SERVPRO of The Attleboros. “The combination of workshops, speakers and networking provides attendees with actionable business insights, an industry overview and practical tips and tricks from others in the same field. In my view, SERVPRO’s convention benefits not only their franchisees but also the communities that their franchisees serve.”

This year’s “All In” convention program featured a keynote address by motivational speaker Connie Podesta (http://conniepodesta.com/), who takes a humorous and dynamic approach to promoting communications, and increasing sales and 28 workshop sessions focused on leadership training and providing resources designed to help each Franchise grow and better serve their community.

“SERVPRO understands running a small business is a challenge,” said Sue Steen, Chief Executive Officer of SERVPRO Industries, Inc. “Our annual convention gives us the opportunity to recognize individual franchisees that have excelled at building their businesses and enhancing SERVPRO’s reputation as an industry leader in disaster cleanup, restoration and remediation services. We offer our sincere congratulations to this year’s award winners and to all of the dedicated professionals who work hard every day to provide world-class service to their customers.”

For more information about SERVPRO of The Attleboros, please contact Don McKendall at 508-223-0505 or Don@SERVPROMcKendall.com or visit http://www.SERVPROtheattleboros.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.

Another CVS Charity Class in the Books

7/5/2016 (Permalink)

(Image courtesy of http://www.cvshealthcharityclassic.com/)

Did you see us?

Representatives from SERVPRO of The Attleboros were present at the CVS Charity Classic last week, at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, Rhode Island. The event, hosted by local professionals, Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, featured an array of top golfers in the world on both the women’s and men’s side. The following includes the placement of all those that participated in the tournament with their world ranking included:

F1. Jon Curran (93)/Keegan Bradley (119): -18

F2. Bill Haas (34)/Billy Andrade (N/A): -18

T3. Louis Oosthuizen (14)/Branden Grace (10): -16

T3. Chris Kirk (60)/Steve Stricker (177):  -16

T3. Jason Bohn (97)/Kevin Kisner (29): -16

T6. Paula Creamer (61)/Jason Dufner (54): -13

T6. Lexi Thompson (4)/Bryson DeChambeau (148): -13

T8: Brooke Henderson (2)/Jamie Sadlowski (N/A): -11

T8. Tony Finau (80)/Billy Horschel (61): -11

10. Morgan Pressel (28)/Brad Faxon (N/A): -9

SERVPRO of The Attleboros would like to thank the CVS Health family for hosting yet again another great event, and Innovex Marketing Solutions for providing our team with admission tickets.

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Firework(s) Safety

6/30/2016 (Permalink)

The Fourth of July is a time where we all gather with our families, kick back and relax the beauty of our great nation. When celebrating, we would like each and every one of you to have fun, but to also be careful at the same time. When dealing with fireworks, sparklers, or anything else that has the potential to cause harm if mishandled, the American Red Cross has come up with a few safety guidelines to adhere to so that accidents are at a minimum this holiday.

Where to view fireworks from

The safest way to enjoy fireworks it to attend a public fireworks display put on by professionals. Stay at least 500 feet away. If however, you choose to put on a display of fireworks from your home, here are a few safety steps to follow:

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging
  • Keep a supply of water close by a precaution
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight “a dud”
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials
  • Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks

(Tips Courtesy of the American Red Cross)

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Sharing the SERVPRO Story - Rick Forster

6/29/2016 (Permalink)

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Share the SERVPRO story is one of our core values. Great companies have great stories. They are rich in tradition, risks, failures, and successes.

Before SERVPRO, Ted Isaacson was a Trainer for ServiceMaster. SERVPRO was born as a result of a difference in opinion between Ted and ServiceMaster over the then current license/ Ted and his assigned franchises broke off to begin SERVPRO/ Ted wanted to build a better mousetrap when designing SERVPRO. ServiceMaster required the purchase of individual licenses for commercial, carpet, restoration, and drapery cleaning. Ted’s idea was to have one license cover everything. ServiceMaster also required royalties be paid when the job was invoiced’ Ted felt it was more fair to pay after the cash was collected.

Convention Allowance was created from the request of Ted’s then small band of Franchises for National Advertising. The money wasn’t available, but Ted said, “I’ll give you back 10 percent of what you pay in royalties if you will attend and participate in Convention.” Ted knew if he could get his Franchisees to come to Convention for training, volumes would increase.

In the late 70s, SERVPRO acquired over 100 Franchises by purchasing the Domesticare cleaning franchise system from a Fortune 500 company. The two systems were treated as separate entities until such time as the Domesticare numbers dwindled and the remaining Domesticare franchises were assimilated into the SERVPRO System.

SERVPRO was a public company at one time.

Ted had a partner when SERVPRO began. The partner started a proxy fight while Ted and Doris were out of country. The matter was settled much like two kids arguing over a cupcake – one cuts and the other selects. The partner was required to offer a price for Ted to buy him out of his company share. If Ted refused the offer, then the partner was to pay Ted that amount. Ted took the offer and the partner was history.

There were discussions early on, on whether to limit the number of Franchises and have a nice small organization to let it rip. Fortunately, the second generation wanted growth. This also is the reason the vision statement prominently features the word “world.”

A balance of work was encouraged – one-third each from insurance, carpet, and commercial. Insurance work greater than one-third was actually discouraged, as it was felt to be addictive and too unstable. A Franchise Owner by the name of Ron Valega from Ohio was the first to say he was going to try and make a living strictly from water. People thought he had lost his mind.

Building Service and Maintenance (BSM) was a janitorial license launched in the 80s. The concept was marketed to existing SERVPRO Franchises to perform restoration during the day and janitorial services during the night. The desire for insurance work was too strong and BSM didn’t get the necessary traction to grow.

At one time, SERVPRO Corporate had locations in Sacramento, California; Florida; Connecticut; Maryland; and Georgia. The decision to consolidate and move the company was made during a meeting in Cancun, Mexico. The runner-ups for the Corporate Headquarters were Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri.

The Rolex award originated after a Franchise unexpectedly earned $1 million in a single year as a result of a large job. On Banquet night, Ted was asked on short notice to present the award. Ted gave the award to the Franchise, but added, “If anyone else can do $1 million in annual volume; the volume was combined due to the work of all the Franchises that worked on the large job, and all of the volume was reported under the one Franchise number. It is a good thing nobody told the four Franchises who received a Rolex the following year, or the hundreds of Franchises to date who have received Rolexes.

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Share the SERVPRO Story - Kevin Brown

6/27/2016 (Permalink)

(SERVPRO Newsline)

Success can be measured in various ways. For some, it is tangible through the accumulation of wealth. For others, it is intangible through the satisfaction that comes from making a difference in the world. We are blessed to live in a time and be part of an organization that allows men and women from all walks of life to do both.

We recently celebrated another milestone in SERVPRO’s storied history. We surpassed 1,700 Franchises in the SERVPRO System. This specific achievement is near and dear to my heart since Franchise Sales is one of my responsibilities and, more importantly, one of my greatest passions. I am proud of the work the Franchise Expansion team does year-in and year-out to “Share the SERVPRO Story.” Their focus to help quality men and women become part of this extraordinary opportunity is a mission taken very seriously. Not only does the team love growing the system, they love watching the System grow people.

One of the biggest blessings of what we do as a team is being able to watch you achieve the goals and dreams that are so important to you. There is no greater “joy” than to watch people soar to heights they once only imagined. How incredible is it to be in a business that helps people create financial security for themselves and their family while at the same providing a vital service to people in a dire time of need? Absolutely incredible!

Right now you can make a difference. You can share your SERVPRO story with someone and give them the opportunity to create their best life. You can make a different in their life and in yours. I promise one of life’s greatest blessings is helping someone else reach their greatest potential. The American Dream is alive and well because of entrepreneurs like you who believe in being a part of something bigger than all of us!

Congratulations! SERVPRO was ranked #4 Overall in the 2016 Franchise 500 list in the January issue of Entrepreneur Magazine. We have known for years how special this opportunity is and other continue to take notice! Congratulations for helping build the SERVPRO Brand!

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Lightning Myths & Facts - National Weather Service

6/16/2016 (Permalink)

Myth: If you're caught outside during a thunderstorm, you should crouch down to reduce your risk of being struck.

Fact: Crouching doesn't make you any safer outdoors. Run to a substantial building or hard-topped vehicle. If you are too far to run to one of these options, you have no good alternative. You are NOT safe anywhere outdoors. See our safety page for tips that may slightly reduce your risk.

Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.

Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it’s a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times a year.

Myth: If it’s not raining or there aren’t clouds overhead, you’re safe from lightning.

Fact: Lightning often strikes more than three miles from the center of the thunderstorm, far outside the rain or thunderstorm cloud. “Bolts from the blue” can strike 10-15 miles from the thunderstorm.

Myth: Rubber tires on a car protect you from lightning by insulating you from the ground.

Fact: Most cars are safe from lightning, but it is the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, NOT the rubber tires. Remember, convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open-shelled outdoor recreational vehicles and cars with fiberglass shells offer no protection from lightning. When lightning strikes a vehicle, it goes through the metal frame into the ground. Don't lean on doors during a thunderstorm.

Myth: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted.

Fact: The human body does not store electricity. It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid. This is the most chilling of lightning Myths. Imagine if someone died because people were afraid to give CPR!

Myth: If outside in a thunderstorm, you should seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.

Fact: Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties. Better to get wet than fried!

Myth: If you are in a house, you are 100% safe from lightning.

Fact: A house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity. This means staying off corded phones, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors and windows. Windows are hazardous for two reasons: wind generated during a thunderstorm can blow objects into the window, breaking it and causing glass to shatter and second, in older homes, in rare instances, lightning can come in cracks in the sides of windows.

Myth: If thunderstorms threaten while you are outside playing a game, it is okay to finish it before seeking shelter.

Fact: Many lightning casualties occur because people do not seek shelter soon enough. No game is worth death or life-long injuries. Seek proper shelter immediately if you hear thunder. Adults are responsible for the safety of children.

Myth: Structures with metal, or metal on the body (jewelry, cell phones,Mp3 players, watches, etc), attract lightning.

Fact: Height, pointy shape, and isolation are the dominant factors controlling where a lightning bolt will strike. The presence of metal makes absolutely no difference on where lightning strikes. Mountains are made of stone but get struck by lightning many times a year. When lightning threatens, take proper protective action immediately by seeking a safe shelter – don’t waste time removing metal. While metal does not attract lightning, it does conduct it so stay away from metal fences, railing, bleachers, etc.

Myth: If trapped outside and lightning is about to strike, I should lie flat on the ground.

Fact: Lying flat increases your chance of being affected by potentially deadly ground current. If you are caught outside in a thunderstorm, you keep moving toward a safe shelter.

Myth: lightning flashes are 3-4 km apart.

Fact: Old data said successive flashes were on the order of 3-4 km apart. New data shows half the flashes are about 9 km apart. The National Severe Storms Laboratory report concludes: "It appears the safety rules need to be modified to increase the distance from a previous flash which can be considered to be relatively safe to at least 10 to 13 km (6 to 8 miles). In the past, 3 to 5 km (2-3 miles) was as used in lightning safety education." Source: Separation Between Successive Lightning Flashes in Different Storms Systems: 1998, Lopez & Holle, from Proceedings 1998 Intl Lightning Detection Conference, Tucson AZ, November 1998.

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2016 U.S. Open Kicks off This Thursday

6/13/2016 (Permalink)

This Thursday, the 116th U.S. Open will kick off at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania. At SERVPRO of The Attleboros, we as an organization cannot wait to see the action unfold.

Regarded as the “oldest top-ranked golf course in the U.S.” this is the first time since 2007 that the event will be played at Oakmont. In that year, Angel Cabrera edged out Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk by one stroke, with a finishing four round score of 285 (+5).

This year, the entire golfing world is looking forward to seeing the potential rise of the “big three.” These names include last year’s champion, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Jason Day. Of course, the pure natural of golf and the competitive spirit that engulfs each and every professional makes it nearly impossible to predict a winner.

We would like to wish all of the competitors luck, and look forward to seeing who will be victorious!

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Commercial Cleaning Services

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

Along with residential cleaning services, SERVPRO of the Attleboros also offers extensive commercial cleaning services. We understand that the majority of your time during the week may be spent either at a desk or table in some sort of enclosed environment. No one wants to work in an area riddled with mold, odor(s), or poor air-quality. We have the technology, crew, and motivated drive to get the job done right and to get it done quickly.

Our crews have the specialized training in a wide range of services that can get you and your property back to business in a matter of no time.

Our cleaning services include the following:

For more information regarding any of these matters, feel free to give us a call @ (508)-223-0505.

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SERVPRO Cleans Water Damages

5/12/2016 (Permalink)

If you have a water damage and need water cleanup & restoration we can help.

What to do until Help Arrives

Your primary focus should be safety, be especially careful of electrical and "slip and fall" hazards.

A Fast Response Is Crucial!

Commercial or residential water damage flood damage can be devastating, and you need the company with experience

Cleaning Your Personal Items

Water damage affects your homes structure and your family’s furniture, clothing, and other belongings. 

Water Removal / Water Extraction The water extraction step removes the majority of the water from your home or property. By performing a thorough water extraction, SERVPRO of The

The water extraction step removes the majority of the water from your home or property. By performing a thorough water extraction, SERVPRO of The Attleboros Franchise professionals help reduce the drying time and help to prevent mold and secondary water damage. They use powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water from your property.

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of The Attleboros Franchise Professionals can conduct an organized, efficient move-out to protect your belongings from further damage.

  • Move-Out Service

Emergency Water Removal

Trained technicians will begin the water removal process almost immediately. Depending on the amount of water, they may use powerful submersible pumps in addition to industrial strength, wet/dry vacuums. This step helps to reduce drying time and helps to prevent mold and secondary water damage.

  • Remove Excess Water
  • Use Submersible Pumps and Industrial Wet/Dry Vacuums

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Cleanup After A Norovirus Outbreak

5/9/2016 (Permalink)

It’s important to clean and thoroughly disinfect the air and surfaces after a norovirus outbreak. This highly contagious virus can continue to spread if nothing’s done, leading to more people becoming sick.

The sooner the cleanup begins, the sooner employees, students, and customers can come back to work and school. Without the proper cleaning, the norovirus could begin to spread again. The best course of action is to shut down temporarily and let SERVPRO of The Attleboros put an end to the virus in your establishment.

What Is The Norovirus?

Norovirus is often referred to as the stomach flu or food poisoning but is something different. The symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. Symptoms may start within 12 hours. Inflammation of the stomach and/or intestines creates a painful situation for anyone affected. No one is immune and germs spread easily between infected people contaminated surfaces and contaminated food and water.

The virus is difficult to clean with normal hand washing, leading to more contaminated surfaces and food. With 21 million people being affected yearly, cleaning is the most important step you can take to prevent the virus from spreading any further than it already has.

Biohazard Cleanup And Restoration

The moment you suspect a norovirus outbreak, you should send everyone home and schedule a biohazard cleanup. Trying to do it yourself could not only leave you sick, but you may miss areas, resulting in a second virus outbreak as soon as people return to your business or school.

At SERVPRO of The Attleboros, we follow all OSHA and health regulations to safely and thoroughly remove and dispose of biohazards. We offer 24 hours a day emergency response to get your norovirus situation under control as quickly as possible. The structure doesn’t matter. We clean all restaurants, businesses, and schools the same.

Cleaning Air And Surfaces

Norovirus isn’t limited just to surfaces. Our trained technicians use specialized equipment and EPA approved disinfectants to deeply clean all surfaces, including furniture and other items within your structure. They also set up special equipment to help clean the air to prevent any airborne germs from re-contaminating surfaces. If containment is necessary, we’ll set up containment areas to reduce contamination.

Everyone’s vulnerable during a norovirus outbreak. The best way to prevent it from getting worse is to call SERVPRO of The Attleboros immediately at (508) 223-0505.

Water Damage Repair and Restoration

5/5/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Repair and Restoration

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of The Attleboros professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

What you can do until help arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding

  • 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 conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects 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.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

If you suffer a water or sewer damage, call us right away.

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Biohazard Cleanup and Restoration

3/21/2016 (Permalink)

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are here to help transform any unsafe environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding, or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience are key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

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SERVPRO is a National Sponsor of the PGA Golf Tour

3/6/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO joins the PGA TOUR as an Official Marketing Partner and receives the designation as “Official Cleanup and Restoration Company of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour.” Our customers and clients love golf so we are thrilled to be a PGA TOUR Marketing Partner. The PGA TOUR partnership is a perfect way to expand the SERVPRO our brand awareness and thank our customers and clients for allowing SERVPRO to help make it ‘Like it never even happened”.

If you suffer a disaster and need disaster clean up and restoration from fire and water call SERVPRO of The Attleboros @ 508-223-0505!

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1/26/2015 (Permalink)

SERVPRO®Celebrates 6th Consecutive Year on Entrepreneur’s Top 10 Franchise List

Cleanup and restoration franchisor stands strong in the #7 position in the 2015 Franchise 500 rankings 

Attleboro, MA (Grassroots Newswire) January 20, 2015 - SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, maintains its hold on the No. 7 spot overall – out of a group of 927 franchises that qualified for inclusion in the list—in the recently announced 2015 Franchise 500 rankings* from Entrepreneur magazine. This recognition marks the sixth consecutive year Entrepreneur has included the company in its Top 10 list and the 12th consecutive year SERVPRO has earned the top spot on the magazine’s list in its own industry—Restoration Services.

Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 selection process** uses “objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation” to help would-be entrepreneurs identify franchise investment opportunities. Some of the most important factors considered by Entrepreneur in developing the list each year are “financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.”

“It’s very satisfying to represent the ongoing brand leadership of SERVPRO® for disaster cleanup and restoration services in the The Attleboros area,” said Donald McKendall, owner of “SERVPRO® of The Attleboros. “As a SERVPRO franchisee, we have the tools and knowledge—and the responsibility—to provide the best possible service to every customer.”

According to McKendall, SERVPRO continues to innovate with systems, processes and training designed to deliver faster, more consistent results to their customers. In the past year, SERVPRO customers benefited from the introduction of the following advanced features:

  • The company’s DryBookproprietary software, which provides franchisees with tools to capture and track the steps of a restoration project according to industry best practices and standards.
  • The Here to Help®Connection, which provides homeowners with 24/7 access to real-time data, allowing them to track progress toward project completion.

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SERVPRO® Earns Fifth Consecutive Year on Entrepreneur’s

2/5/2014 (Permalink)

Attleboro, Mass (Grassroots Newswire) January 23, 2014 Entrepreneur magazine recently announced its annual Franchise 500 rankings1, naming SERVPRO®, a cleanup and restoration franchise company, to its Top 10 list for the fifth consecutive year. Of the 853 companies qualified for the rankings, SERVPRO® earned the No. 7 spot overall and the top spot in its own industry for the 11th consecutive year. According to Entrepreneur, the Franchise 500 selection process2 is driven by “objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation,” with some of the most important factors being “financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.”

“It's an honor and a privilege to be a part of the SERVPRO® Brand in the Attleboro area,” said Donald McKendall, owner of “SERVPRO® of The Attleboros 508-223-0505. “As a leading cleaning and restoration Brand in America, we have a responsibility to serve each and every customer with excellence.”

SERVPRO® specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, helping both commercial and residential customers recover from property damage emergencies. From small one room home disasters, to large commercial facilities, or statewide storm response situations, SERVPRO® helps make property damage ‘Like it never even happened’.

“At the end of the day, every SERVPRO® Franchisee is an individual small business owner who lives and works in the community he or she serves,” said McKendall. “When the unexpected happens, local home and business owners know that they can turn to us to help them put their lives back on track as quickly and painlessly as possible. As this year’s Entrepreneur rankings demonstrate again, this is both a responsibility and a privilege that each SERVPRO® Franchisee takes very seriously.”

For more information about SERVPRO® of Northern Rhode Island, contact Donald McKendall at (401) 949-9955 or don@SERVPROmckendall.com. For more information about SERVPRO®, please visit www.SERVPRO.com.

  1. http://www.entrepreneur.com/slideshow/230384#7
  2. http://www.entrepreneur.com/franchises/franchise500/about.html

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