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Goodbye, Summer - New Bedford 02747

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

man in green shirt addressing a crowd at Annual End of Summer Bash South Coast Chamber President Rick Kidder addresses the attendees at the Fourth Annual SERVPRO End of Summer Bash

They say goodbyes are the hardest. Which is why we try to make it a little easier for our professional network and local business community by hosting our annual End of Summer Bash in conjunction with the SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce. 

This Business After Hours is easily one of the most attended events in the region with over 150 business professionals in attendance. Business owners, representatives, and attendees all enjoyed free food and drinks as well as music DJ’ed by local radio station, FUN107. We even had local pageant queens make an appearance and a dog in a backpack!

Over 20 door prizes were donated by local businesses, giving everyone enough chances to go home a winner! Among the prizes were restaurant gift cards, gift baskets, and a getaway to Vermont!

Overall, it was another well attended SERVPRO Bash and one we were happy to host for the local business community. Being so involved in the economic and financial development of the South Coast region and beyond, SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford understands the importance of establishing and maintaining business connections to continue to thrive and grow in our community. As a result of these connections, businesses helping businesses, we know that everyone benefits. From a local youth sports team to fundraisers, to neighborhoods across the region, local businesses are what makes a community great. 

Next year, we hope you’ll join us as you represent your business and help us continue to make the South Coast a great place to live and work!

Summer Storms - Dartmouth 02747

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

How many times have you been cruising down the street with the windows down enjoying the summer breeze, when all of a sudden, you hear the music on the radio pause and an alert for a storm warning with flash floods and high winds comes on the radio. 

Living on the south coast, we’re used to our weather changing rapidly. You may keep an emergency kit in your car for these exact circumstances. While you may be used to fast-changing weather conditions, your home or office may not be. 

With changes in climate as natural disasters becoming more and more common, precautions must be set in place to prepare for the unpreventable. Whether it’s a hurricane or a tsunami, tornado or hail, SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford is “ready for whatever happens.

Back to School Safety Tips - New Bedford 02745

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

Each new school year brings its own set of changes and challenges for parents, guardians, and children. As a parent or guardian, you may be trying to figure out of modes of transportation and schedules for your young one. Your child, on the other hand, maybe worrying about who they’ll sit with at lunch or if they’ll have classes with any of their friends.

These are all common and worthy worries, however, there is one important precaution that is often overlooked: an emergency preparedness plan. Below are a few tips to help you plan in case of an emergency

  1. Teach your child what to do in case of a fire: get low to avoid smoke inhalation or feeling doorknobs for heat before opening them. Have a fire escape plan in place.
  2. Have a designated meeting place outside of your home
  3. Designate a person (preferably not local who may be affected by the same disaster) that everyone can call if you are separated. 
  4. Practice drills!
  5. Put together a first aid kit with enough food and supplies to last you a few days. Here is a link for what should be in the kit
  6. In the event of an active shooter, teach your child to “run, hide, fight.” Click here more information about what to do in the event of an active shooter.
  7. Teach children how to call 911
  8. If you’re unable to pick up your child from school, establish a pre-discussed “password” for the person that will be picking them up. 
  9. Always familiarize yourself with the school’s emergency and lockdown plans and procedures. 
  10. If your child requires any medication, have extra doses stored in the nurses’ office in case they may have to spend the night at the school. 

Disasters can happen at any moment. Preparedness is the key to ensuring you and your family make it out safely. While SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford South is “ready for any sized disaster” we want to make sure you are too. 

For additional information, check out the resources below:

FEMA - Preparing Children for Disasters

Preparing Kids for Natural Disasters

Finish Your Basement! - Dartmouth 02747

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

If you’re looking to do any remodeling, finishing your basement is often one of the most common areas to start. A finished basement is a great place for older children to have their privacy, it can make a great home office space, and in some cases, it can even be used as a rented out space to bring home (literally) extra income.

However, one of the most common occurrences we at SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford South see is water damage resulting from finished basements that were not in fact finished. A key factor the homeowner missed is making sure their basement is waterproofed. 

Not only does this prevent your basement from flooding and potentially saving you thousands of dollars in the event of a storm or flood by reducing damage, but it also creates a healthier environment in your home and lowers heating and cooling costs. Protecting your sump pump and preventing structural damage is also another benefit of waterproofing your basement. 

Recently, our crews have attended to calls regarding rainwater getting into the basement because of recent storms. If not addressed quickly, these disasters can lead to mold problems and potentially harmful health side effects. The best way to keep your finished basement actually finished is by waterproofing and preventing it in the first place. 

If you find yourself ankle-deep in water in your basement, you can always call SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford South for all your water damage needs. 508-999-2380

Sun Don't Shine - Westport - 02721

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage is just another one of the many services we offer for clean up and restoration

While summer on the south coast is unlike any other with its beautiful sunsets on Gooseberry Island, calming waves on Horseneck Beach, and winery tours at Westport Rivers Vineyard…

There are some days, or even weeks when our backyard paradise is put on pause and hit with rain, wind, and lightning storms. But that’s just another south coast storm. While they don’t last long, they can wreak havoc on your streets, home, or office and leave lasting impacts. 

SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford South is available rain or shine, night or day to handle any sized disaster that results from our south coast flash storms. 

Though you may not know what the next storm will be like or what it’ll bring, or what will happen, you can trust that SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford South is “ready for whatever happens.”

Ready for Whatever Happens - Dartmouth 02747

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Services offered by SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford South

The only thing on a home or business owner’s mind in the midst of a disaster is: “Who should I call?” Thankfully, SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford South can answer that: call us!

When you’re facing a disaster situation, it’s important to call the best to the rescue. Our crews and technicians are just that. They go through extensive training along with hands-on field experience to ensure you’re getting professionals that will restore your home or office to its preloss condition. In addition to our fire damage, water damage restoration and mold remediation services, SERVPRO Industries also specializes in document restoration and fine art restoration, plus a number of other services that We truly are “ready for whatever happens.” 

In the middle of all the decisions, you’ll have to make regarding the aftermath of a disaster choosing SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford South will be the easiest and best choice. We’re here to help. 

Storm Season Never Stops - New Bedford 02746

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford is here to help

Living in a coastal area, storms come as quickly as they go. We have a saying in New England that goes, “if you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes.” One minute you could be tanning by the water and the next minute Mother Nature decides you should be in the water instead… and so it begins to downpour.

Storms may be most prevalent in certain months out of the year, but make no mistake, they are always looming and threatening us throughout the year. Whether that’s snowstorms, flash floods, or wind storms, our beautiful south coast area sees its all. And so does SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford. Our crews and technicians are “ready for any sized disaster” and equipped to handle whatever happens, whenever it happens with our 24/7/365 (366 on leap years) emergency disaster recovery team. 

If you’re affected by storms, call SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford: 508-999-2380. We’re here to help. 

10 Fire Pit Safety Tips - Dartmouth 02747

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Firepits are a great way to gather around friends and family. Make sure to keep these safety tips in mind next time you light a flame.

Fire pits are a great way to gather friends and family around in the backyard during the summertime. Putting out graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate is a sure way to have everyone in a good mood. Which is why SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford wants to ensure it’s only the marshmallows getting toasted. Here are some quick and simple fire pit safety tips to keep the fire bright and the mood light:

  1. Clear all flammable materials away from your fire pit. Make sure it’s kept 10 feet away from the home or building. 
  2. Pile dirt or rocks to keep the fire on the ground from escaping 
  3. Before lighting your fire, check the wind direction. If it’s too windy, do not light your fire pit as the wind can cause the flames to travel.
  4. Contrary to popular belief, lighting fluid is not safe for light a fire pit. Use a commercial fire starter kick with kindling on top. 
  5. Once the fire pit it lit, never leave it unattended and never leave children or pets near the fire pit without adult supervision.
  6. Avoid  soft woods like pine or cedar to prevent flying sparks and flame “pops”, 
  7. Only put enough fuel to keep the fire burning gently to prevent flare-ups and uncontrollable flames. 
  8. To extinguish the flames, use water to drown out the fire and stir it with a shovel to make sure it’s fully extinguished. Use the shovel to extinguish any escaped flames as well
  9. Dispose of the ashes in a metal can used only for fire pit ash storage. Careful, even after a few days the ashes are still hot enough to cause a fire. 
  10. Accidents happen, even with the correct preventative measures taken. Having a fire extinguisher nearby can greatly reduce the risk of the fire getting out of control. 

Make sure to keep these tips in mind for your summertime fun. If you have any additional questions or were affected by open flames from a fire pit, feel free to call SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford at 508-999-2380. We’re here to help. 

We Mean Business

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

By now, you probably know that SERVPRO is an industry leader when it comes to commercial fire and water clean-up and restoration. And that we are available to respond to your business fire and water emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also have access to resources of a nationwide network of 1,700 franchises, which means no project is too big for us to handle.

Something that you may not be aware of is that we are so much more than just a fire and water clean-up service! We offer professional services to get your business looking its best. Maybe your office’s carpets could use a freshening up, or maybe your restaurant’s kitchen could use a deep cleaning. How dirty are those A/C vents? Imagine how dirty the air ducts are on the inside! We have the right cleaning tools and products to get the job done.

You can depend on SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford South to get your workplace looking it's very best!

We Mean Business!

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

By now, you probably know that SERVPRO is an industry leader when it comes to commercial fire and water clean-up and restoration. And that we are available to respond to your business fire and water emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also have access to resources of a nationwide network of 1,700 franchises, which means no project is too big for us to handle.

Something that you may not be aware of is that we are so much more than just a fire and water clean-up service! We offer professional services to get your business looking its best. Maybe your office’s carpets could use a freshening up, or maybe your restaurant’s kitchen could use a deep cleaning. How dirty are those A/C vents? Imagine how dirty the air ducts are on the inside! We have the right cleaning tools and products to get the job done.

You can depend on SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford South to get your workplace looking it's very best!