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National Small Business Week 2018

5/4/2018 (Permalink)

Community National Small Business Week 2018 National Small Business Week Poster 2018

Happy National Small Business Week! We'd like to take the time today to recognize all of you who've made the courageous decision of following your dreams, and congratulate you on the success of this crazy rewarding journey we call entrepreneurship!

Opening a business can be scary. Anything from pipe bursts, pest infestations, sewage backups, or even vandalism & graffiti can go awry and add to the list of things that need to get done. SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford understands that better than anyone else, and it's been our privilege to come in and make things Like it never even happened!

This past April, we celebrated 5 years of serving the community. It's been a wild ride, with up's and down's like any business, but there's nothing we'd rather be doing than lending a helping hand to those who need it most.

Air Quality Awareness Week; April 30 - May 4

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Community Air Quality Awareness Week; April 30 - May 4 #AirQualityAwarenessWeek2018

Happy Air Quality Awareness Week! Here at SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford, nothing is more important to us than ensuring that the air you breath in your homes and businesses is the absolute purest of quality. In doing so, we proudly follow EPA regulatory guidelines.

For the last 20 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has remained committed to bringing you the latest information on air quality. They've worked tirelessly on building their air quality maps, and stand out as the leading resource in readily available and current air quality information and forecasts for ozone and particle pollution from over 500 cities.

Some common air pollutants include:
Lead
Sulfur Dioxide 
Particulate Matter
Nitrogen Dioxide
Carbon Monoxide
Ground-Level Ozone

To learn more about how air quality effects your health and see what steps you can take in reducing your contribution to air pollution, head over to https://www.airnow.gov/.

Don't forget to show your support for Air Quality Awareness Week by using thehashtag #AQAW2018!

HVAC and Asthma - Westport, 02721

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning HVAC and Asthma - Westport, 02721 World Asthma Day Poster

Dust mites, mold, cockroaches & pests, secondhand smoke and pet fur & dandruff... what do these all have in common? They are airway irritants, commonly found in the home, and are responsible for triggering 80% of all asthma attacks. Asthma, which is a chronic infection of the lungs that causes difficulty in breathing and inflammation & narrowing of the air passages, effects 25 million people, or 8% of the population, in the U.S. alone.

Poor indoor air quality is often the biggest culprit in triggering an asthma attack. Having your air ducts and HVAC systems routinely cleaned of dust, pollen, odors, dirt & debris, and other contaminants is an effective way of neutralizing asthma related irritants.

On this World Asthma Day, we encourage you to look into the variety of services we offer to help remedy your long term exposure to these allergens.

To see a full list of services offered, click here.

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.