Ready for the Return?
It seems like just yesterday we were sent home with our computers and began working and educating from home. But, now that the restrictions have eased and we’re beginning our “new normal,” it is the best time to have your office space cleaned and sanitized!
A tidy, professional office sets the tone for not only your employees, but your customers. Even if your workspace is not frequently visited by your customers, a clean space can improve employee morale.
A routine commercial cleaning by SERVPRO Dartmouth/New Bedford can drive revenue and productivity for your business by providing a healthier and safer environment. Many people dropped their things at some point in March 2020 and haven’t returned since – we can make sure that the dust is cleared, the floors are vacuumed and mopped and the windows are clear.
Keeping air and surfaces clean can also reduce the spread of viruses and other germs, including COVID-19. While the vaccination rate in New Bedford has increased, there is still an inherent risk of COVID-19 in areas where people gather. The technicians at SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford are also trained to provide cleaning and sanitization after a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.
Call today to schedule your commercial cleaning (508)999-2380.
Summer Safety Tips
Barbecues, fire pits, fireworks and more... these summer activities are usually tons of fun – but they can turn dangerous if proper precautions aren’t taken.
Mmm, burgers! The National Fire Protection Association offers great tips for grill safety. Grills should be kept clean and closely monitored. Keep them away from your home, deck rails or other structures. Avoid awnings and low hanging branches. Keep children away from hot grills and always make sure that the flames are completely out prior to leaving the grill.
Backyard Fire Pit
S’mores anyone? A backyard fire pit is a great way to add ambiance and a place to gather in your backyard, but left unchecked, they can be hazardous to your property. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire pits should be placed far enough away from your home, deck, garage or other structures. You should also take into account low hanging trees or powerlines.
Always keep a hose, fire extinguisher or a bucket of water nearby incase the fire gets out of control. Keep children and pet away from the flames. Avoid using gas or igniters. Finally, make sure that your town or city allows fires or if there are burn bans in affect.
Leave Fireworks to the Professionals
Without a license, Fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts. Fireworks can be incredibly dangerous in the wrong hands. The National Safety Council advises that fireworks are enjoyed at public displays and not used at home. The NSC explains that 18,500 fires are started by fireworks each year, including 1,300 structure fires. Fireworks are also dangerous can cause bodily harm, especially burns.
Over the next few weeks, many Massachusetts cities and towns are offering Firework displays. Make sure keep your family safe and enjoy the beautiful displays!
Here’s to a happy and safe summer season, south coast!
30 Years Since Hurricane Bob
This year is the 30th anniversary of Hurricane Bob which impacted the New England Area in August of 1991. According to a Mass.gov article, Hurricane Bob was the third worst hurricane to hit Massachusetts in the 21st Century. The article explains that New England experienced nearly $680 Million in damage (2021 USD). The winds whipped at over 125 mph, destroying boats, trees, buildings, downing power lines and even caused 17 causalities. Hurricane Bob had 10 to 15 foot surges along in local Onset and brought with him six confirmed tornadoes, too.
While there hasn’t been a hurricane quite like Bob in the last 30 years, our area is still impacted by tropical storms. We’re entering “hurricane season” soon and heavy winds and rainfall can wreak havoc on your residential or commercial property. Water can enter your home or building in different ways – often through the roof or the basement. Regardless, water infiltration can be damaging to your structure and dangerous to you and your family or staff.
Here’s a few tips to keep yourself safe during Tropical Storms:
- Water and electricity is a dangerous combination, so be sure to turn off the power if water enters through the basement.
- If your roof is leaking, try to cover it with a tarp to prevent further damage. Cover broken windows with a board (or call us, we provide this service, too!)
- Try to move valuables to a higher surface and away from water intrusion.
And as always, call SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford as soon as possible to begin the restoration process. Our Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians are on call, 24/7 to begin the mitigation process.
Why Choose Us?
When home emergencies happen (think: water heater burst, fire or storm damage) it can be overwhelming! Make a scary, stressful time a little bit easier by calling us. Here at SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford, we are available any time day or night to help you with the restoration process. A fast response is crucial! By taking immediate action, you help minimize the damage to your property.
Our specially trained technicians are prepared to handle any size disaster. Have a water emergency? Our technicians have extensive water restoration training. What about a fire? Our technicians are trained in fire and smoke restoration, odor control and cleaning. And damage from a winter storm or hurricane? Our technicians are specially trained to help with that too! SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford’s main goal is to return your property to pre-emergency condition!
And we offer more than emergency services. SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford can provide mold remediation services, cleaning and disinfection services and much more! Have we mentioned we have highly trained technicians?
Fast as Fire
Fires are an unfortunate reality, especially in the restaurant industry. The National Fire Protection Association notes that cooking equipment causes 61% of fires in eating and drinking establishments. 50% of businesses do not reopen after emergencies, such as fire. The best way to better your restaurant’s odds after a fire is to call SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford.
SERVPRO will respond quickly, responding to the scene with the necessary equipment and resources. The first goal is to prevent further damage to your structure. This is accomplished by completing an inspection and damage assessment, then by board-up and roof-tarp services. Windows, roofs and walls are often compromised by fires. Board-up services keep your building secure.
Our technicians then will ensure that water removal and drying is completed if required and then begin the cleanup process. Any restorable items and structures that were affected by the fire will be cleaned and sanitized. Finally, SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford will assist with the restoration process, ensuring your building returns to its pre-fire condition. We’re equipped to help with minor and major repairs including repainting or even reconstruction.
SERVPRO is Faster to Any Size Disaster and available at a moment’s notice!
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We have all been waiting for spring to arrive but with spring also comes storm season which can bring heavy rains and winds. It’s no surprise to question if your home is up for the challenge of dealing with another wet season that’s watering more than just plants and soil.
Oftentimes, it’s only until a disastrous event caused by heavy rains and floods that reveal certain areas in our home or office that need extra attention. And while the spring is the typical season for most home repairs and projects, it may be too late to prevent damage from occurring.
While the main focus can be on landscaping and opening up the pool in preparation for summer cook-outs, if you’re not proactive, your lawn may not be the only thing getting watered. Homeowners should use this time to check key areas in their homes to prevent water from seeping into their homes.
Those areas include the attic to check for leaks in the roof, as well as the basement to ensure your sump pump or french drain is working properly. You can also take this time to visually inspect if there are any cracks in the foundation. A great way to protect the lower level of your home is to waterproof your basement. This provides an extra level of protection which comes in handy when living on the coast and in high flood areas.
Need the experts...call us at SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford 508-999-2380.
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No one plans to have emergency fire and water situations, and as such they can catch us off guard and disrupt our daily lives. Fire and water emergencies in our places of business are no different. It can be very difficult to conduct your day to day business operations when your office is floating in a foot of water.
Have no fear... SERVPRO is here!
Whether you have a home or business affected by water or fire damage, we can help.
That’s what we’re all about here at SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford, getting you back to work and making your emergency situation "Like it never even happened."
Call us anytime at 508-999-2380. We truly make it "Like it never even happened."
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What Causes Ice Dams
As heat rises from a home, it melts the accumulated snow on the roof. That melted snow travels down the roof in liquid form until it reaches the eave line and gutter, where it refreezes due to colder temps. This ice ridge continues to expand, blocking the flow of subsequent snow melt.
As water continues to melt higher up the roof, it collects behind the ice dam in the form of a puddle. Because that water sits over the warmer portion of the roof, it doesn’t freeze.
In order for ice dams to form, there needs to be roof snow buildup, home heat loss, and subfreezing temperatures. The more snow, the larger the heat loss, and the longer the subfreezing temperatures remain, the higher the likelihood that ice dams will materialize.
How to Prevent Ice Dams
Homeowners can’t control the weather, but they can do something about heat loss. Proper insulation and ventilation of the attic space is intended to keep the roof surface at or near outdoor temperatures.
Typical steps include insulating the attic floor and installing soffit, gable and/or ridge vents to expel heat. Folding attic stairways and recessed light fixtures also need to be insulated. All penetrations into the attic from the heated living space need to be addressed.
To facilitate sufficient cold air flow from soffit vent to ridge vent, baffles or tubes are installed between the ceiling insulation and the underside of the roof. This might involve opening up the ceiling.
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There are many franchises across the country and many operate totally for their sole purpose. One of the great things about being a SERVPRO franchise is that while we operate solely and serve our own communities, we also come together when the need arises.
This year along with a pandemic has also been a huge storm year. We at SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford are happy to have the opportunity to help others who have suffered huge losses and are heading to Texas to assist other storm teams.
When duty calls, we come together as One Team. That's the SERVPRO way!
Choose the Best
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How familiar are you with SERVPRO? How about a little reminder about what we can do for you and your family? Did you know that with over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada, SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the restoration industry and is dedicated to providing quality service.
As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, we have highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs.
Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on us for these residential services and more:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Air Duct Cleaning
- Carpet Cleaning
- Cleaning Services
- Building Services
When you need help we are here for you at SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford at 508-999-2380.