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What's Up Your Chimney? - Dartmouth 02747

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

There’s nothing like lighting the fireplace for the first time during the winter season. Not much else screams “holiday season” like wrapping yourself in a warm blanket, with the fireplace lit, and watching holiday movies. 

While it may definitely be the most wonderful time of the year, it can quickly turn into a disaster if your fireplace chimney isn’t maintained properly. Getting your chimney swept at least once a year will decrease the chances of smoke damage in your home, and potentially save the holidays. 

Fireplaces are always nice but understand there is great importance in making sure your home is kept safe from the dangers that come with it. If something does go wrong, you can trust that SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford is always ready to make it, “Like it never even happened.” 

Can Your Business Afford a Disaster? - Dartmouth 02747

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that 50% of businesses that suffer a disaster never recover?

Those are sobering statistics. Oftentimes as business owners, one can be focused on merchandising, services, customer retention, pricing, and the list goes on. Disasters are usually not the main concern. With so much going on, it can be hard to even stay above water. 

While disaster may not be your top priority, it is ours. This is why SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford is committed to making sure businesses stay up and running even if a disaster happens. Our trained and certified technicians are available 24/7/365 (and 366 on leap years) to handle disasters on commercial properties with the least amount of business interruption. 

Disasters shouldn’t have the final word when it comes to running your businesses. And because SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford works to restore your business back to preloss condition, they won’t. 

Get That Smell Outta Here! - New Bedford 02746

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other short cuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contacts any surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.

Storm Preparation - Fairhaven 02719

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Storms can lead to an array of types of damage caused to your home, business, and rental properties.

The overwhelming precipitation, wind speeds, airborne debris can expose weak points in construction such as poorly maintained gutters & downspouts. The redirection of water off and away from your roof can help prevent roof leaks caused by pressure and/or accumulated water finding the path of least resistance into your home. Having downspout output spouts well connected and directing the water away from your structure's foundation is also very important as an already overwhelmed groundwater level around your home.

Checking to make sure that your sump pump is working properly is another great precaution before a storm. Sump pumps can often become unplugged by various tradesmen working in your basement looking for an electrical source to plug their equipment in. Become clogged with debris and animals over time and of course, can have mechanical issues. A quick test of the sump pump in anticipation of heavy rains can prevent long on-hold times with the manufacturer and the anxiety of trying to prevent a water loss while time is limited.

Of course with heavier storms, it is always a good idea to have some plywood on hand to board up windows in the preparation or as need. Flying debris during heavy winds can easily shatter windows, exposing your home to outside elements.

These are just a few tips for home and business owners, if you would like more helpful tips please visit our storm damage section or for help with storm damage cleanup call us directly (508)999-2380!

Blood, Stool, and Secretions - New Bedford 02745

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

Every quarter, we host a continuing education course for insurance agents, realtors, and property managers. Our most recent curse was definitely our yuckiest one: Biohazards & Hazmat Cleaning.

While this course had everything to do with everything you don’t want to see. It’s important that your insurance professional, realtor, or property manager knows what to do in the event that a situation like that arises. 

Our certified instructor taught us just how important it is to have a reputable cleaning and restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford to do the cleaning and sanitation. What may look like a simple blood spill could potentially be life-threatening if the correct precautions aren’t put in place. Having the correct personal protective equipment is one of the key things we put in place to protect our crews and technicians from contracting any blood-borne pathogens or diseases. Aside from that, it’s important to note that any kind of bodily fluid is potentially harmful to those who come in contact with it. 

Some of the Hazmat & Biohazards we clean up after are:

  • Trauma Scene Cleanup
  • Blood Cleanup
  • Sewage Backups
  • Chemical Spills
  • Asbestos Removal
  • Meth Lab Cleanup
  • Tear Gas Cleanup
  • Animal Waste Removal
  • Hoarding
  • Fire Extinguisher Cleanup

These are just some of the common cases you can call on SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford to respond to. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 508-999-2380 for a free estimate.

Mold, Meth, and Marijuana Seminar - New Bedford 02744

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

back shot of the audience at the seminar Owner, Doug Glassman, addressing the attendees on matters related to mold remediation at the RASEM lunch 'n' learn seminar

Recently, our friends at RASEM (Realtor Association of South Eastern Massachusetts) invited our owner, Doug Glassman, to be one of the speakers for a talk about Mold, Meth, and Marijuana. You can guess which one we spoke about… (hint: it was the one that’s not a drug). 

Doug talked about how important it is to take care of mold before it spreads and affects other areas in a home that could lead to greater disasters if not treated in time. He mentioned how the crews and technicians of SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford take care of mold by walking the attendees through the mold remediation process that consists of:

  • Finding the root cause.

This is usually done by a contractor and could be as simple as fixing a leak, to sealing up cracks in the foundation. 

  • Set up containment 

This prevents the mold spores from spreading once the cleaning begins. 

  • HEPA Vacuum Affected Area 

This directly pulls mold spores from the food source

  • Filter contaminated air

As the mold spores are being HEPA vacuumed, our technicians set up air filters to catch the spores and filter out clean air

  • Anti-microbial treatment

This is used to clean the affected area and remove any residual bacteria 

  • Encapsulation/Stain Removal

After the affected area has been cleaned, there are still stains leftover by the mold. To make the affected area look cleaner and really, “Like It never even happened.” our technicians paint over the stain to leave no trace of mold.

We were accompanied by a local real estate mentor and investor, Gualter Amarelo, who discussed how the marijuana industry is affecting the real estate market. He cited information and data taken from five-year studies conducted in Colorado and how real estate prices grew by 67% in neighborhoods that had a marijuana dispensary nearby. 

The New Bedford Chief of Police, Joseph Cordeiro, also joined us and spoke about meth labs and how the police force is encouraging landlords and real estate investors to take better care of their property by correctly screening tenants and reporting any suspicious activity. “The best way to get these criminals out of your neighborhood,” the Chief said, “is to make sure they know you won’t tolerate illegal activity.” 

Overall, it was great getting to speak with local real estate agents about the work we at SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford do and how we’re able to help when they, and their clients, need it most. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 508-999-2380 for a free estimate. 

Rain, Rain, Go Away - New Bedford 02744

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

If you’re anything like most people, you prefer to stay home when it’s raining out, or in New England’s case— it's pouring!

Maybe you look forward to some R&R on the couch, catching up on your favorite TV shows or curling up with a good book. Using the rain as an excuse to not go outside is always one that works… until the rain decides to make its appearance inside. 

The funny thing about leaks and cracks is, you only discover them when water magically starts to drip into your home. Whether it’s through the roof or the basement, water has a funny way of getting in when we would rather it stay out. 

If recent rainwater or storm damage has compromised the integrity of your home and things that are not supposed to be wet are now soaked, you can be certain water damage is something the crews at SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford are familiar with. 

No matter how small or large the loss, our technicians are certified and trained to restore and dry out furniture, carpet, and anything else that got wet that was not supposed to be wet!

Call us at 508-999-2380 for a free estimate and evaluation of your water loss. 

Common Causes of Fires During the Holidays - Dartmouth 02747

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

a dry Christmas tree catching on fire This is how fast a dry Christmas tree can catch on fire. Make sure to water your Christmas tree daily to decrease the chances of it catching on fire.

Nothing quite says holidays in New England like streets decorated with bright Christmas lights, dustings of snows, and homes oozing with warmth and welcome. Even tough New Englanders soften up during the last couple of months of the year. 

As much as the holidays come with anticipation, excitement, and warm feelings — it also comes with a high risk of fire. Here are some common causes of fire during the holidays:

  1. Electrical shock: make sure you’re using the right light bulbs and not overloading any extension cords. As a rule thumb, only plug three strands of lights into one extension cord. It’s also important to not run any extension cords under rugs as this has caused many electrical fires. 
  2. Candle fires: When lighting a candle, make sure you do not place the candle near any flammable material such as bedding, curtains, furniture, decorations, etc. Place candles on a steady surface away from children and pets. 
  3. Open fireplaces: While it’s great to light the fire during Christmastime a la “Chestnuts Roasting on An Open Fire” style… it’s important to take certain precautions so that chestnuts remain the only thing roasting on the open fire. Precautions such as making sure that your damper is open. Also, use a gate or a screen to keep any wild sparks from flying, and always have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency. We also recommend getting your chimney inspected and cleaned to make sure everything is in working order. 
  4. Space heaters: Keep an eye on space heaters if you have one in your home, much like candles, keep them away from flammable materials as mentioned above. 
  5. Cooking fires: Deep frying a turkey may seem like a good idea, but it’s also dangerous if you don’t take the necessary precautions (i.e. making sure it’s completely dry!). Most cooking fires occur during Thanksgiving when company is over and guests are being entertained. It’s easy to forget about the oven mitts you left by the stove or the timer that went off but you couldn’t hear it from all the hollering and shouting over the football game. Make sure the cook stays in the kitchen or at least have someone keep an eye on the food while it’s cooking. Never leave the stove unattended. 
  6. Christmas tree fires: Usually caused by electrical fires, Christmas tree fires are often caused by the lights and decoration on the tree or if the tree is too close to a heat source (heaters, candles, fireplaces, etc.). To prevent this, keep your tree at a safe distance from heat sources. If you have a real tree, make sure to cut the base of the tree before you mount it so it can absorb water and not dry out. Always use flame-resistant trimmings and turn the lights off before you leave the house, or go to bed. 

Holidays are truly the most wonderful time of the year, but they’re also the time of year where residential fires are most common. Keep these tips in mind to avoid having to call 9-1-1 during your holiday celebration. 

And if you happen to have to call emergency services, know that SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford is always here to help as well. Our technicians are always available 24/7/365 (366 on leap years) to respond to your call. Just because you experienced a disaster, doesn’t mean the holidays have to be a total loss! We’re here to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

(Don't) Get the Fire Started - Dartmouth 02740

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that November not only kicks off the holiday season, but it’s also the start of the fire season?

That’s right. With the holidays coming in full swing, and cooking dinners and gatherings become regularly scheduled events in our calendars, it’s also the time when our firefighters are most often called. Cooking fires are the leading cause of house fires — and this is especially in part because of all the holiday cooking that takes place. From amateur turkey chefs to distracted cooking to candles and Christmas trees and decorations catching on fire, there are plenty of ways a home can catch on fire during this season. 

While these situations can be traumatizing and life-altering moments to the homeowners, the technicians at SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford are trained to look for what we can restore rather than replace. Trained to see what is salvageable in the scraps, our crews’ mission is to put back the pieces of your home or property and make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Do the Sprinkler - Fairhaven 02719

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Experts recommend different inspecting and testing techniques of sprinklers from quarterly to semi-annually to annually and beyond. This is all to ensure that your first line of defense against a fire is in working condition to keep your building and its occupants safe. While these scheduled tests and inspections are usually enough to solidify that the sprinklers work, sometimes sprinklers have a mind of their own. By that we mean, every now and then, they go off to prove that they work — consequently creating some indoor showers, and with it, water damage. 

It wouldn’t be the first time we were called into a surprise shower. From furniture stores to hospitals, our techs have seen how a slight bump on a sprinkler head can make them go off and cause water damage. So while sprinklers are great to fight fires, they can also cause pains and extensive cleanup. 

Make sure when you inspect and check your sprinklers, you do so with great care. And if anything happens, SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford is here to help take the headaches away.