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Brutally Cold Start to 2018! - Southcoast, MA

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Brutally Cold Start to 2018! - Southcoast, MA SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford on scene after a 4" water-main malfunction caused over 50,000 gallons of water to flood one local high school.

SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford rang in the New Year with all hands on deck! Here on the South Coast, several consecutive weeks of freezing temperatures led to numerous residential and commercial pipe-bursts. We also experienced a duration of heavy snow and rain precipitation. These combined circumstances contributed to a large demand for immediate water mitigation of many homes and businesses. The most public of which was a local High School that had a 6 inch water main let go overnight. SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford was called immediately to extract & dry over 50 thousand gallons of water that affected the various areas of the school. Restoring order to ‘business as usual’ for government facilities & businesses are of high priority. We take pride in working diligently to make things ‘Like it never even happened’ and limit any loss of use for city officials and business owners.

If you need dependable, fast & effective emergency services call our 24-Hour emergency line (508)999-2380

Characteristics of Alternaria- Fairhaven, MA 02717

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Characteristics of Alternaria- Fairhaven, MA 02717 Alternaria in a residence

Plant mold but easily enters home

Commonly found in soil, plants or other vegetation.

Black color & velvet or fuzzy in nature

Exposure in the home caused by spores entering from an outdoor source (plants, flowers, dirt) often tracked in from shoes

Growth peaks from Spring to Fall

Can cause rhinitis, provoke issues with those who suffer from mold allergies & is a known risk for asthma

Thrives in dry, windy conditions as well as wet conditions

Growth in windy conditions can easily transport spores into the home through open doors & windows

Grows in damp areas of the home, under sinks is common

Often found after water damage or flooding, in showers or window frames.

Call SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford today at (508)999-2380 if you are in need of mold remediation services 

Black Mold- Stachybotrys- New Bedford, MA 02745

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Black Mold- Stachybotrys- New Bedford, MA 02745 If you find mold in your home or business SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford can help! Call us today (508)999-2380 for a free on-site estimate

Stachybotrys is more commonly referred to as 'Black Mold' here are some identifying characteristics 

Prone to indoor growth

Typically dark brown to black in color

Looks: slimy, sooty or like grayish white strands

Many other mold types can look similar

Needs moisture, nutrient source, temperature & time

Standing water or 90% or higher relative humidity for germination or growth to begin

However, growth can continue even if surface water dries and relative humidity drops to 70%

Thrives on natural materials (ceiling tiles, drywall, wallpaper, etc)

Tends to develop after 1 to 2 weeks vs 1 to 2 days with other molds.

If you find mold in your home or business SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford can help. Call us today (508)999-2380 for a free on-site estimate 

Winter Weather Worry- Melted Snow- Fall River, MA 02723

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Winter Weather Worry- Melted Snow- Fall River, MA 02723 A good tool to use when estimating melted snow totals.

Snow to water ratio

Ever wonder how much rain or water forms an inch of snow? When the snow melts, and streets and basements flood and ice dams allow back-flow of water into your home, you may be asking yourself just that. Depending on the density of the snow it can range from 10-15” equals 1” of water. The simplest way to remember this is that 1 foot of snow equals 1 inch of water. Density is dependent on the outside temperature. Typically the warmer the weather the lighter the snowflakes and the less moisture they contain. The ratio is not one fixed rate however weather forecasters and similar occupations use this as a baseline estimation.

So as all this snow, that southeastern Massachusetts has recently experienced, melts we advise all of our friends and neighbors to keep a keen eye on your roofs and basements. The frozen ground easily becomes overwhelmed with massive amount of snow we still have and if temperatures continue to rise steadily we will see influx of water with nowhere to go flooding homes and businesses.

If you experience any water damage issues call (508)999-2380 to schedule your free on-site estimate & have us make it "Like it never even happened." 

Winter Weather Worries- Ice Dams- Padanaram, MA 02748

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Winter Weather Worries- Ice Dams- Padanaram, MA 02748 How Ice Dams form & causes water to back-flow into roofing.

Here in New England, winter weather can result in more issues than icy roads and snow removal. Temperatures here are known to consistently drop well below the 32 degree freezing point. This drop in temperature increases your risk for major disasters to occur at your residential or commercial property. There are two major winter weather disasters that SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford encounters far too often during these frigid frozen temperatures.

The first and probably most commonly known: Frozen Burst Pipes, typically caused by an extended or extreme freeze  the ruptured pipe may burst at the site of the ice blockage however it is typically caused by the backflow pressure created between the water source and the blockage.

Ice dams are another winter weather worry that we have frequent calls about during times of heavy snow and extreme cold. Ice dams occur when snow accumulation on a roof is heated by warm air exiting the home or business through the roof. The warm air melts a portion of the snow and the gutters build up with ice creating a dam for any additional melted to snow. When the water has nowhere to go it can back-flow under the roofs shingles and into the building’s interior. This can cause minimal to excessive water damage.  

To learn more about SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford water restoration process and how we can help make it "Like it never even happened." visit our website

Government Facilities need to stay open... Fairhaven, MA 02719

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Government Facilities need to stay open... Fairhaven, MA 02719 SERVPRO Franchise Professionals were called in to the Pentagon's 9/11 attacks and fully completed the restoration process in just 90 days!

Even when they need to be cleaned or restored.

 When disaster strikes a government facility, SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford answers the call quickly to assess the damage and start mitigation procedures, helping to ensure minimum service interruption and lower recovery costs. Our team of professionals respond to disaster situations with the right personal and equipment to provide timely mitigation- the key to controlling damage, lowering recovery costs and minimizing interruption to the public and employees. From large disasters to those special cleaning needs that exceed the capabilities of a facility’s janitorial service, SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford is committed to timely response and total customer service.

The Pentagon: A Case Study

Following the events of September 11, 2001, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals were called upon to assist with the cleanup and restoration of the pentagon. In spite of the emotions and difficulties involved in the restoration effort, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals dried nearly 300,000 square feet in addition to providing fire, soot and smoke cleanup and restoration services. Upon completion of the drying assignment, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals provided mold remediation services in other sections of the facility. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals met the challenge and completed the process in just 90 days

SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford is ready to respond to your emergency call 24/7/365 to get your facility to be "Like it never even happened." Call us today for your Free On-site Estimate (508)999-2380

Preventing Frozen and Burst Water Pipes- New Bedford, MA

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preventing Frozen and Burst Water Pipes- New Bedford, MA We're here to help

Preventing Frozen and Burst Water Pipes- New Bedford, MA

Did you know, in just one day, 250 gallons of water can be discharged from a pipe crack as small as 1/8 inch. So, it's imperative to be proactive and take action to protect your home. Drastic drops in winter temperatures can cause extensive water damage as pipes begin to freeze and burst, causing damage to walls, ceilings, floors, carpets, furniture and other possessions. Even a small crack in your water pipe can leak enough water to flood your home. 

What to do Right Away to Prevent Water Damage from Frozen Pipes

Before extreme weather strikes, preparation is key to prevent water damage before it occurs. When temperatures dip, take these immediate steps to prevent water damage:

  • Open kitchen & bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around water pipes. Insulate pipes when possible.
  • Open water taps throughout the house to allow water to drip and to keep water pipes from freezing.
  • When going out of town, keep thermostat at a minimum of 55 degrees and ask a trusted neighbor or friend to watch your home for possible leaks. Also, turn your water off and drain water supply lines.

Keep in mind that homeowners’ insurance are more likely to pay your water damage claim if you can show that you've done your due diligence and maintained your property in a reasonable manner.

Prevent Frozen Pipes from Bursting

When pipes freeze in sub-zero weather and then thaw out as temperatures rise, frozen pipes tend to crack and burst, which causes water leaks and flooding. If you discover a frozen pipe in your home, you can still prevent it from bursting and causing water damage.

  • Turn off the main water supply.
  • Turn and leave your water taps on.
  • Remove any valuables and household possessions from the area that might be exposed to water damage if the frozen pipe bursts.
  • Gradually thaw out the ice in the frozen pipe by melting it with a heat pack. Begin applying heat at the area that is closest to the tap and slowly move further away towards the rest of the frozen pipe.

Call SERVPRO Dartmouth/New Bedford When Frozen Pipes Burst

If you are faced with an emergency water damage situation in your home or business property, give SERVPRO Dartmouth/New Bedford a call at 508-999-2380. When dealing with water damage emergencies, immediate attention to the situation will minimize damage and prevent further loss. For an immediate remedy to any frozen pipe situation, contact us immediately.

Holiday Travel Tips- Fairhaven, MA 02719

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Holiday Travel Tips- Fairhaven, MA 02719 Wishing everyone a happy & healthy Holiday season & a joyous 2018!

Many people choose to travel during the holidays by automobile, with the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation. In 2013, 343 people died on New Year's Day, 360 on Thanksgiving Day and 88 on Christmas Day, according to Injury Facts 2015. Alcohol-impaired fatalities represented 31% of the totals.

  • Use a designated driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday party; alcohol, over-the-counter or illegal drugs all cause impairment
  • Make sure every person in the vehicle is properly buckled up no matter how long or short the distance being traveled
  • Put that cell phone away; distracted driving causes one-quarter of all crashes
  • Properly maintain the vehicle and keep an emergency kit with you
  • Be prepared for heavy traffic, and possibly heavy snow
  • Keep a blanket, flashlight, water and some non-perishable food in your vehicle in case you become stranded. 
  • Print-out directions as back-up to your navigation. Service & software outages happen. 
  • Give yourself ample time to travel. Unexpected weather conditions can hinder drive time as well as all other means of transportation. 

Remember, when guests are staying in your home, make sure areas have night lights or easy-to-reach lamps in case they need to get up during the night. And, whether you are visiting someone else's home or you have guests in your home, make sure all medications are kept up and away and out of sight from young children.

These Holiday Safety Tips were provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission; in an effort to help everyone have a healthy & safe holiday season! From all of us at SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford South HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! 

Don't Give the Gift of Food Poisoning - No. Dartmouth, MA 02747

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Don't Give the Gift of Food Poisoning - No. Dartmouth, MA 02747 In the case of an emergency call the Poison Control Hotline (800)222-1222

1 in 6 people are affected by Food Poisoning annually 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services does a wonderful job educating us with safety and wellness tips year-round. Here are some of their tips to help you prevent unexpected trips to the ER this holiday season: 

  • Do not rinse raw meat and poultry before cooking
  • Use a food thermometer to make sure meat is cooked to a safe temperature
  • Refrigerate food within two hours
  • Thanksgiving leftovers are safe for four days in the refrigerator
  • Bring sauces, soups and gravies to a rolling boil when reheating
  • When storing turkey, cut the leftovers in small pieces so they will chill quickly
  • Wash your hands frequently when handling food

In the case of an emergency call the Poison Control Hotline (800)222-1222

All of us here at SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford South wish you & yours a Very Happy & Healthy Holiday!! 

Candles and Fireplace Safety - Acushnet, MA 02743

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Candles and Fireplace Safety - Acushnet, MA 02743 For more Holiday Safety Tips check out our other blogs on Safe Gift Giving practices and Decorating tips!

Thousands of deaths are caused by fires, burns and other fire-related injuries every year, and 12% of home candle fires occur in December, the National Fire Protection Association reports. Increased use of candles and fireplaces, combined with an increase in the amount of combustible, seasonal decorations present in many homes means more risk for fire.

  • Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle
  • Keep candles out of reach of children
  • Make sure candles are on stable surfaces
  • Don't burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items
  • Don't burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace
  • Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year

SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford wishes all of our friends and neighbors a safe & happy holiday season!