Tip: Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
Why are the interior foundation walls in my basement wet?
Condensation builds up on interior foundation walls due to the dramatic difference in temperature inside and outside of our homes. Basements are built with the majority of the exterior wall under the grounds surface. The inside of our basement foundation walls are usually a lot warmer in the winter due to our heating systems running (usually older furnaces lose enough heat to warm the basement even without heating output vents installed down there). Condensation accumulates on the inside of foundation walls. It then follows the laws of gravity and can trickle down the wall creating a small puddle along the perimeter of the basement floor.
This usually causes the most issues for homeowners with finished basements. The moisture and condensation is hidden between the foundation wall and the interior drywall. If the contractor who finished the basement used wood framing the combination of damp cool environment and organic material can be a feeding ground for mold to thrive. The hazard is the mold you don't see.
Tip: Properly seal any cracks and tie rod holes in your foundation to prevent any excess water entering your home.
Here at SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford we often receive calls from homeowners puzzled as to why there is a puddle in their basement; where did it came from? Basement foundations are made of cement/concrete which is porous in nature. Even with a sound foundation water can seep into your basement. Heavy bursts of rain, or accumulation of rainwater over a few consecutive days, can quickly overwhelm the soil surrounding your homes foundation. Like a sponge, the ground's soil is only able to absorb so much precipitation before it finds somewhere else to go. Ground water will take the path of least resistance and unfortunately mixed with the added pressure will find least resistance through your foundation walls.
This happens more so if there are any structural weak points such as tie rod holes that were improperly patched or left open. A perfectly sound, average sized foundation will let in approximately 15 GALLONS of water PER DAY. Now imagine if there is a crack or the surrounding exterior soil was recently backfilled. These factors will lead water to/through your foundation walls faster.
Tip: Hire a company with state-of-the-art equipment and IICRC certified technicians to properly clean & sanitize your carpets.
At SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford we often hear people want to wait until after the winter is over to wash their carpets. Winter in New England is known for it's bitter cold and heavy precipitation. Why clean your carpets when mud, snow and rock-salt are bound to end up tracked into your home the next few months?!
Carpet cleaning- when done correctly will make the air in your home cleaner. All that dust, dander, and bacteria that we see settles on the bookcase, only a few days after dusting, imagine how much settles into the carpet fibers. Vacuuming helps but carpet cleaning equipment is much more powerful and thorough; washing your carpets fibers clean. The longer the carpet isn't washed the more debris packs into fibers which can cause cuts and frays of the fabric and permanent change in coloring due to the way the sun hits the now damaged fibers. In the winter we are inside much more, we have guests more often due to the holidays and having more indoor events.
Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on taking proper actions between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.
Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the
For more information or to schedule your Free Estimate call SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford at (508)999-2380
Tip: Do not attempt to remove any ink, paint or cosmetic stains. Use of incorrect cleaning agents may further set stains.
Vandalism to a home or business can be disruptive, have a negative impact on business, and can lead to vulnerability in security. Broken windows, gates and doors can lead to unauthorized access and/or theft of property. SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford has a corporate standard to respond & be on-site quickly. Our team will assess the damage and repairs needed, secure your building and mitigate any preventable secondary damages.
We are set to a 1-4-8 service guideline meaning we will respond to your call within 1 hour, be onsite to assess any damage within 4 hours and start any necessary mitigation within 8 hours. These time frames are often exceeded.
We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond quickly and be at your home or business to board up and secure your property, remove any graffiti or destruction to your property and help restore order so that it's business as usual moving forward. We understand that any loss of business, especially to single location businesses, can be devastating.
The truth is that floods can hit anyone. Unfortunately, floods lead to great loss. In essence, floods are considered as a disaster anywhere. There are so many things that emanate from floods including; molding, destruction of property, and loss of lives. Here are some steps you should be ready to take that will bring you back to normal.
Here is what you should do:
Contact A Professional- There are businesses that have been setup to help with the effects of these disasters. You should be fast in contacting these professionals because time will only lead to further damages. SERVPRO stands among the few companies that will respond quickly and address your damages effectively.
Evaluate The Loss- To recover you must have the value of the loss suffered in mind. You cannot evade the a budget when recovering from losses caused by floods. However, your home or business insurance may cover these losses. Contacting them should be high on your priority list.
Implement Safety Measures- Do not wait for the next floods to hit you, especially if you live in an area susceptible to these types of flood disasters. It is wise to have the right measures in place to avoid losses and protect your assets in the future.
When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.
As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.
We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters
In addition to our own resources, we can access equipment and personnel from over 1,700 Franchises across the state and country. We can even call upon strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams for catastrophic storms and major events.
Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources
SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the New Bedford community. We are also part of a national network of 1,700 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.
Naturally, there are certain places that are more vulnerable to disasters than others. If you live in such places, there is the need to be highly cautious. This implies that you should have strategies in place to ensure that you are safe should a disaster strike. Most disasters strike unannounced and that is why it is important to have the right preventive measures in place.
So, what should you do to reduce damages and keep people safe in the event of a disaster?
Register with an Emergency Unit- Almost all areas of the U.S. have disaster and emergency response units. Whether private or public; it is important to register with one or have a plan set for who you're preferred vendor will be.
Master Evacuation Routes- Identify areas in your house or workplace where one can escape through in an event of disaster. Let your loved ones know the routes too. This is especially important in the event of a fire!
Know the Threats You Face- It is important to know what kind of disasters that are likely to hit in your area. (i.e. Coastal Flooding)
Everyone Should Be Prepared- Perhaps you have people in your family or workplace, who needs prior preparation during disasters. It is important to keep them in mind and prepared, when planning for these unforeseen events. (i.e. Elderly)
In case of a disaster occurring, contact SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford for professional and well-articulated help.
We know how to address all different types of disasters on the residential and commercial front.
Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges
SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford South has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about Learn more about our training and certifications..
Water Damage Restoration Technician
Applied Structural Drying Technician
Odor Control Technician
Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
Locally Owned Company with National Resources
SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford South can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,600 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.
Have a commercial building? Here's what we can do for you!
Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford South has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”
When it comes to commercial and residential restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford South responds quickly to your New Bedford business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,700 Franchises. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:
Whether your need is removing an odor problem or deep-cleaning flooring or carpets, you can depend on SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford South to get the job done right the first time. We’ll respond promptly and make your workspace look its very best. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services:
Why Choose SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford South?
We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster
When your New Bedford home or business experiences fire or smoke damage, you need professional help quickly. SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford South is dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to prevent secondary damage and to reduce the cost of restoration.
Our “restore first” mentality helps to lower costs and get you back in your home or business sooner. This focus relies upon our specialized training and equipment to restore your property back to pre-fire condition.