Mold in the Cold - Dartmouth 02740
As the weather outside begins to switch to much colder temperatures, our normal routine begins to change as well.
While mold is generally thought to grow during the warmer months, it is actually quite common for mold to grow in the winter season as well. Excessive indoor moisture can be caused by a number of issues: past water damage, plumbing issues, leaky roofs, high indoor humidity, and condensation are lurking concerns. Window condensation occurs when moisture in the warm air inside your home liquefies on the glass or other surfaces that are extremely cooler due to outdoor temperatures. High humidity contributes to this process because there is excess moisture in the air and is trapped indoors. It may seem minor but it’s important to dry the surfaces since mold feeds on it and can develop within 24 hours.
If you’re experiencing possible mold issues give SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford a call to schedule a free estimate.
Keep Those Pipes from Bursting! - New Bedford 02745
Winter has officially arrived, opening a variety of burdens for homeowners, including water damage from frozen pipes. Water damage caused by burst pipes is one of the biggest risks of property damage during the winter months. The possibility of your pipes freezing in your home escalates as temperatures drop. Water expands as it freezes, putting immense pressure on the pipes containing it, which will cause the pipes to finally burst.
Here are a few suggestions to prevent burst pipes now and prevent water damage services:
- Open cabinet doors underneath sinks and other plumbing locations to circulate warm air around the pipes.
- Let your faucet drip cold water. The trickle will allow for a steady movement, which relieves strain on the pipes.
- Set your thermostat to no lower than 55 degrees when you leave your home.
- Keep your heat set at a constant temperature while you're at home and withhold from lowering it at night.
Feel free to reach out to our crews at SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford for any further assistance this season.
Are You Prepared for a Winter Storm? - New Bedford 02740
The most extreme winter storms bring snow, ice, sleet, as well as strong winds and frigid temperatures. To improve your safety in your home during a winter storm, you should make several preparations:
- Create an emergency kit. You will need a home kit that is stocked for at least three days in case of a power outage. Include necessary items like water, non-perishable food, flashlights, a battery-operated radio, and first-aid supplies.
- Insulate your home. Install storm windows and shutters, and insulate your attic and walls to keep the cold air out. Weather-stripping doors and cover windows with plastic from the inside for extra insulation.
- Shield your pipes to prevent them from freezing and bursting. If your home is left unattended, leave the heat on to a temperature of at least 55° F to prevent frozen pipes.
- Protect your heating equipment. Have your furnace, wood stove or fireplace inspected and cleaned every year to assure they are working properly.
- Know how to shut off utilities. Should you need to vacate your home due to flooding, you will need to shut off utilities. Learn how to shut off natural gas, electricity, and water supplies in your home.
Storms are ruthless, and even with extreme preparation, there is still damage that is unpreventable. Remember to call SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford for all your storm damage needs. As always, we are Here to Help.
Commercial Disaster? Call SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford! - Dartmouth 02747
This season brings the probability of freezing pipes that burst and heating problems that cause fires. You may not have thought about commercial emergency restoration plans before, but now is a great time to do so. Proactive property owners set procedures in place to prevent disasters from happening. They also create plans to help them act fast should a disaster strike — allow their property to return to its normal functioning quickly and smoothly.
Here at SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford we know firsthand how a disaster can turn your property and life upside-down. That’s why we help property owners create an Emergency Ready Profile to deal with anything the winter, or any season, throws at you. Contact our office today to find out more information regarding an emergency plan.
When You Need the Best, Call SERVPRO - Dartmouth 02747
When a fire happens in your home or office, you don’t call your neighbor with a bucket of water, you call the fire department. Why? Because they’re the best.
Much like when fire, smoke, or water damage happen, you don’t call just anybody, you call SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford. Why? Because we’re the best.
Not only have the people of the south coast voted us as Best of the Best, but we pride ourselves in our trained and certified technicians that respond to disasters no matter the day or hour.
Where the industry standard is set, our technicians continuously and consistently exceed them. Whether that’s responding to after hour disaster calls within 5 minutes, where the industry standard is an hour. Or responding to the scene between one to two hours, where the industry standard is four hours. Or coming up with a plan of action in 4 hours, where the industry standard is eight hours. SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford is a step above the rest. Why? Because we know our customers aren’t just customers, they are people who’ve suffered a loss and their disaster now becomes our disaster.
Hopefully, you never have to learn first hand about our disaster restoration services, but if you do, you’ll be glad you chose SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford.
Damaged Documents? We Do That Too. - New Bedford 02740
In the digital age we live in, it can hardly seem like anyone still uses paper as the only written record of important documents. However, in our industry, we see it happen quite often. These documents can hold important legal and sentimental value, and when disaster strikes, such as water damage, the restoration of those documents is just as important as the rest of the affected area.
That’s why one of the benefits of choosing SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford is that we offer document restoration services. If important documents, photos, photo albums, and even yearbooks are damaged in the event of a water loss, SERVPRO has the ability to restore those documents back to preloss condition. Through the utilization of vacuum freezing techniques, our technicians are able to restore important documents and get them back to you with minimal damage, basically, “Like it never even happened.”
It's Everywhere! - Dartmouth 02747
Think you don’t have mold in your home? Think again.
The interesting thing about mold spores is that they’re everywhere! No matter how many promises a company that offers mold services can make, mold cannot be removed, only remediated. This includes minimizing the number of mold spores in the atmosphere by the use of antimicrobials, air scrubbers, and HEPA vacuums and filters. The mold remediation process utilizes this equipment to lower the mold spore count to safe levels.
Our trained and IICRC trained and certified technicians are familiar and ready to deal with all cases of mold. From cases that take over entire bedrooms to large commercial spaces, we’ve seen it all. Not only are we ready for whatever happens, but we are also here to make it “Like it never even happened.”
First Comes Storm, Then Comes Damage - New Bedford 02744
Winter storm damage is usually conjoined with damage to the exterior of your home or building but may cause damage to the interior if the water isn’t stopped. Most severe water damages can be caused by flooding when the foundation's drainage system has been weakened or isn't performing properly.
The best preventive action would be to beware of the damage and have it repaired as soon as it appears. Understandably it isn't a practical thought to check your roof after every storm, you can't predict when a pipe might freeze, and you can't dig up your foundation to check for problems. You can have annual inspections performed and take care of built-up damage as soon as it is found. Contacting a roofer to check the roof and a licensed contractor to and recognize signs of foundation drainage problems.
Dreaming of a White Christmas - New Bedford 02745
There’s something magical about seeing snow on Christmas. It could be the way everything really does look calm and bright, or maybe the way everyone gathers inside because it’s too dangerous to be out, or even because it makes us feel as if we’re in a Holiday Hallmark movie — a white Christmas is the icing on the cake of the holiday season.
However, as magical as a white Christmas can be, it can also cause major mayhem if your home isn’t ready to withstand the ever-changing New England temperatures. With the threat of a nor’ easter always above us like a dark cloud, it’s important to make sure both you and your home are storm ready.
Keeping a first aid kit, batteries, non-perishable foods, and extra water are key in making sure you’re prepared and taking care of yourself and loved ones. For all other disasters, you can trust that SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford is “ready for whatever happens."
Cooking for the Holidays? Keep this in Mind - New Bedford 02744
Did you know that after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day follows as the most common day for home cooking fires? And while the holidays are always a time of cheer and joy, it can quickly turn into a disaster caused by mishaps and mayhem.
As a general rule, we at SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford encourage our community to pay extra attention whenever the stove is on as cooking is the most common cause of home fires. Keeping flammable materials away from the fire, such as towels, oven mitts, paper napkins, Tupperware… basically, if it can catch on fire, keep it away from the stove.
Another precaution includes keeping small children and toys outside of the kitchen. This helps prevent the potential of trips, slips, spills, and falls, and can keep those kids from testing out how hot fire can really be.
Lastly, keeping a fire extinguisher in the kitchen is always a good idea. It helps to stop the spread of fire if things get out of hand, and it helps to minimize the amount of damage a fire can cause. Just remember: PASS
P - Pull the pin
A - Aim the nozzle
S - Squeeze
S - Sweep
Keeping these precautions in mind will go a long way in keeping you from calling 911, or us at SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford. However, if you do have to call, rest assure we’re both “ready for whatever happens.”