"I ain't afraid of no mold"- Fairhaven, MA 02719
Types of mold.
“I ain’t afraid of no mold!” Can you picture yourself saying that as you’re rolling up your sleeves ready to tackle your moldy mess on your own? Well before you do, here are some things to consider-
What is mold?
Mold is a common type of fungus that thrives in moist, warm conditions. As it is an important part of the ecosystem, it can be a nuisance when it is found in your home or business. Mold is able to reproduce by releasing spores that can be carried through air, water or even animals. There are many different kinds of molds out there.
Some signs of mold are:
- A strange odor
- Appearance of mold
- Known moisture source
If you notice moisture around your home or business or detect a strange odor and are not sure if there is mold present, it is best to call a professional to come in and look at it. SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford specializes in mold remediation and offer free estimates as well!
Here are some common areas of moisture/warmth where mold can grow:
- Roof leaks
- Indoor plumbing leaks
- Outdoor drainage problems
- Damp basements/ crawl spaces
- Steam from bathroom/kitchen
- Condensation on cool surfaces
- Wet clothing drying inside of the home
- Poor or improper ventilation of heating or cooking appliances
Although you may think simply wiping it away or putting bleach on it will solve the problem, chances are you could spread it, make it airborne and could cause more potential problems. It is always best to contact a professional. Give SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford a call at (508) 999-2380!
Reference: New York State/Department of Health
Got Mold? Yes, you do! Acushnet, MA 02743
Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
Did you know mold is everywhere?
Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these 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 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 You See Signs of Mold,
Call Us Today – (508) 999-2380
What the Hail?- Fairhaven, MA 02719
Hail comes in all shapes and sizes.
“How about this weather we’re having?” Have you heard or used this conversation starter lately? If you have, odds are it wasn’t in relation to a hailstorm, especially around here. Although hailstorms are not very common in this area, here are some helpful tips just in case those “golf balls” start to fall from the sky!
Preparing for a hailstorm
If you have time to get prepared before a hailstorm here are some helpful tips to go by:
-It is best to store (if possible) vehicles, boats and other expensive items in a garage.
- Placing garbage bins, patio furniture, umbrellas and umbrella stands into a closed area such as a shed. This can help prevent further damage to your home if winds pick up.
-Making sure all doors and windows are closed.
-Closing blinds and curtains can help keep shattering glass from blowing towards you and your family while seeking shelter inside.
-Check trees around your home. If you have large branches close to the house it is best to trim them down. These branches can cause more damage during a storm if they were to break off and hit your homes windows.
-Checking your roof is another good step towards preparedness. If you see any broken shingles, getting them replaced right away can help lessen the damage from a hailstorm.
What is hail?
According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hail is a form of solid precipitation that occurs when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere where they freeze into little balls. They can range from pea size to the size of a grapefruit. As hail is denser and hits with a lot more force than rain does it causes far more damage. According to NOAA, hail causes up to $1 billion in damages to crops and property each year.
Hopefully this never happens to you, but if it does don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford. For all your storm related questions. Feel free to reach out to us for help at (508) 946-2397.
*Reference: National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Duct, Duct, Goose! - North Dartmouth, MA 02747
Before & After an Air Duct cleaning.
Don’t you just love that clean smell? Of course, who doesn’t? But have you ever thought of what lurks in your buildings air ducts?
When it comes to air duct cleaning, not many people think about it. But according to the NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaning Association) “If your air ducts look dirty, they probably are.”
Though we clean thoroughly, we generate a lot of air pollutants such as dander, dust and chemicals. These air pollutants get sucked into the HVAC system and can circulate up to 7 times a day on average. Over the course of a year this causes buildups that amount to roughly 40 pounds of buildup for a house annually. Can you imagine what it is for a commercial building? The U.S. Department of energy has said that “25 to 40 percent of the energy used to heat/cool a home (or business) is wasted. When it’s not cleaned it makes it run harder and can make for a shorter life span.”
Having your air ducts cleaned has benefits:
- Helps restore efficiency
-Helps reduce potential of mold growth
-May help with offensive odors
SERVPRO of Marion/Middleborough specializes in air duct cleanings. Once our professionals inspect your commercial duct system, they have the equipment and the expertise to get the job done.
So, the next time you’re wondering what kind of party is going on in your air vents, give SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford a call at (508) 946-2397!
*Resource: NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaning Association)
I Just Saved Thousands by Running My Faucet!
Water Damage Can Cost Thousands in Property Damage
Preventing Burst Pipes
With frigid temperatures moving in, you’ll want to ensure your home is winter ready and prepared for the harsh elements. Below are recommendations on how to avoid dealing with frozen or burst pipes this season; we hope you’ll find new ways of winterizing your home on the inside and outside with these helpful tips and tricks!
Interior Weatherization Tips:
- Open bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around pipes
- Get a slow drip going from the faucet to keep water moving to prevent freezing
- Set up a fan to help blow hot air into those cold rooms that just don’t seem to warm up
Exterior Weatherization Tips:
- Disconnect outside hose, turn water off and attach a cover over faucet
- Apply insulated pipe sleeves around piping in your basement or crawl space
- Add extra insulation to the attic, basement, or crawl space areas
If frozen or burst pipes do occur, you'll want to contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford to mitigate and remediate the damage, making it "Like it never even happened."
Holiday Travel Tips – Dartmouth, MA. 02745
Travel Safe this Holiday Season, and Always Prepared!
With the holidays in full effect, it’s important to note safe travel practices before heading out on the road this year. Below you’ll find ways to help ensure a safe departure this holiday season - Read on to learn more!
- Prepare your Vehicle for Long Distance
Check your wipers and fluids. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced. Simple maintenance can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the road.
Before you get on a highway, know your exit by name and number, and watch the signs as you near the off-ramp. Drivers making unexpected lane changes to exit often cause accidents.
- Do not cut in front of large trucks
Remember that trucks are heavier and take longer to make a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them.
- Beware of truck blind spots
When sharing the road with large trucks, be aware of their blind spots. If you can't see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, then the truck driver can't see you.
- Check your emergency kit.Contents should include a battery-powered radio, flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, maps, tire-repair kit and flares.
- Keep your eyes on the road
Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. Even just two seconds of distraction time doubles the chances of an accident. Use your cell phone when stopped and never text while driving.
- Leave early and avoid risks
Leave early so you won't be anxious about arriving late and to accommodate delays. Road conditions may change due to inclement weather or traffic congestion.
- Avoid extreme weather conditions
Ice, hail and snow make roads difficult to travel. Try to avoid driving through extreme weather conditions, and travel during daylight.
- Remove ice and snow from your vehicle
Clear snow from your windows and roof to ensure that you have maximum visibility and are not creating a hazard for the vehicle behind you. Don't allow ice and snow to create additional blind spots on your vehicle.
- Beware of the vehicle in front of you
Leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front so you can avoid snow and ice blowing onto your windshield or maneuver around patches of ice.
With the extra highway congestion due to holiday travel, speeding becomes even more dangerous. Allow plenty of space cushion and reduce your speed.
Safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent and are a simple way to increase your safety on the road.
*Information courtesy of the American Trucking Associations
Are You Emergency Ready? Dartmouth, MA 02748
Are you Ready for Whatever Happens?
Up to 50% of Business Will Never Reopen!
With the New Year brings opportunity for new beginnings! Start 2019 off right be being READY!
Did you know up to 50% of businesses that suffer a disaster may never reopen? Of the businesses that do survive a disaster, the overwhelming majority had an emergency preparedness plan in place.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
Here's some of the things you'll get from taking advantage of this free app-
- 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."
Ready to Get Started?
Make your first resolution be to help protect your business, your employees and your livelihood. Call SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford South today at 508-999-2380 to learn more about how we can help you be "Ready for whatever happens" in the New Year!
Extension Cord Safety – New Bedford, MA 02745
The holidays have officially arrived, and with them comes decorating for Christmas, Hanukah or whatever it is you may celebrate! Even with this time of the year being the most magical, fire damage can still affect each and every one of us if we’re not careful.
The Christmas Season typically brings an up rise in the number of extension cords used in a home. While extension cords are a great way to shorten the gap between an appliance’s cord and the wall’s outlet, they can become extremely dangerous if not used correctly. Below you’ll find ways to safely utilize extension cords in your family’s home this holiday season.
- Do not overload extension cords or allow them to run through water or snow on the ground.
- Do not substitute extension cords for permanent wiring.
- Do not run through walls, doorways, ceilings or floors. If cord is covered, heat cannot escape, which may result in a fire hazard.
- Do not use an extension cord for more than one appliance.
- A heavy reliance on extension cords is an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs. Have additional outlets installed where you need them.
- Multiple plug outlets must be plugged directly into mounted electrical receptacles; they cannot be chained together.
- Make sure the extension cord or temporary power strip you use is rated for the products to be plugged in, and is marked for either indoor or outdoor use.
- The appliance or tool that you are using the cord with will have a wattage rating on it. Match this up with your extension cord, and do not use a cord that has a lower rating.
- Never use a cord that feels hot or is damaged in any way. Touching even a single exposed strand can give you an electric shock or burn.
- Never use three-prong plugs with outlets that only have two slots for the plug. Do not cut off the ground pin to force a fit. This defeats the purpose of a three-prong plug and could lead to an electrical shock. Never force a plug into an outlet if it doesn’t fit.
- Use extension cords with polarized and/or three-prong plugs.
- Buy only cords approved by an independent testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), ETL-SEMKO (ETL) or Canadian Standards Association (CSA).
*Electrical Cord Safety Tips courtesy of Electrical Safety Foundation International
Emergency Readiness Profile (ERP)
The Emergency Readiness Profile is a necessary precaution for any business owner
When fire and water cleanup is needed, getting help is now quicker and easier than ever before using the SERVPRO Ready Plan app. The Ready Plan is an emergency preparedness tool for home and business owners.
Are you Ready for Whatever Happens?
- Disasters and resulting business interruption can devastate companies. It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster never reopen.
- Of those that reopened, the majority had some type of response plan in place.
No One Plans on a Disaster, But You Can Plan For It.
- Disasters and emergencies always strike without warning.
- Planning ahead speaks trust to your clients and your employees. In the event your business is affected by a disaster, you don’t necessarily have to be.
- By preparing now, you demonstrate excellence in readiness planning by compiling a comprehensive information resource to use in case of a disaster.
Is your Business in need of a Ready Plan? Contact us today to learn more 508-999-2380
Did you know we offer Post Construction Clean-Up?
Offering Post Construction Clean-Up to Commercial & Residential Spaces
Whether you’ve just built a new facility or had minor renovations done to an older one, SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford South will have your business up and running with our list of post construction clean-up services.
After any kind of construction service, you’ll want your commercial building cleaned before opening to the public. Indoor air quality can be negatively affected from the construction process, and things like sawdust and other debris may find their way into your Air Duct & HVAC system.
Flat surfaces such as window and door frames may also need some extra attention, as well as any leftover debris not removed prior to our arrival. You’ll also want to be sure no foul odors or other contaminants are lingering inside.
Contact us today to learn more or set up a free estimate at 508-999-2380