Prevent Water Damage Caused by Winter Storms
Are you prepared for a winter storm New Bedford? 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 such as creating an emergency kit, insulating your home and protecting your heating equipment, also make sure to know how to shut off all utilities, especially your water and sprinkler valves.
Here are a few suggestions on how to prep your home to effectively prevail against snow storms, freezing rain and chilly winds:
- Install smoke alarms and ensure proper ventilation– take precautions since fire hazards increase drastically when flames are burning in fireplaces and the power systems are overburdened by heaters.
- Keep pipes from freezing – wrap pipes to provide some protection and let faucets drip a little as another preventative on really frigid days.
- Ensure proper drainage– have downspouts and basins clear of debris and maintain the plumbing system in perfect condition so that the water from the melting ice and snow can easily find its way out and away from your property.
- Trim bushes and trees – if you have a yard, make sure no branches spread dangerously near the house.
- Clear snow away–remove snow and ice from the roof to prevent collapsing and clear accrued snow away from the foundations of the house to lower the risk of flooding.
As we ready ourselves for this coming winter, be sure to know SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford is Here to Help when it comes to water damage!
How To Winterize Your Home
The winter season is quickly approaching which means that now is the time to properly prepare your home for the freezing temps that are sure to come.
When it comes to winterizing your home, make sure to take these key steps to ensure you don’t have water damage on hands… or in this case, your home!
1. Clean your Gutters
Making sure your gutters are clear can go a long way to prevent leaks and backups. If the gutters are clogged with leaves, or in some cases, rodents, the water it collects will go into your house instead of flowing outside.
2. Insulate areas in your home that are prone to freeze
This task may be a bit harder to accomplish. But we promise you, when the bitter cold temperatures come and everyone else’s pipes freeze except yours, you’ll be glad you went through the mild inconvenience of re-insulating your home.
3. Detach Your Hoses
On the easier side, this task is very straightforward, but don’t trick yourself into thinking it’s simple. When putting your gardening tools away for the winter, don’t overlook detaching your houses. While you’re at it, make sure to drain them and insulate the faucets so they don’t freeze from the outside temps.
In this area of Massachusetts, winter quickly comes and overstays its welcome. Which is why we at SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford wanted to equip you with these tips so you can successfully ride out the colder months without having to deal with water damage. But if you do have water damage in your home or office, you can trust that we are more than ready to deal with whatever comes our way.
After the Storm
We’ve talked about floods, seepage and water damages due to the weather – but what about those sneaky leaks? It's also the aftermath of the storm that poses the most risk.
Your home’s plumbing or even your window air conditioner can cause major damage inside your walls, ceilings and floors if not caught. If you notice water stains on your walls and ceilings, your first call should be to a plumber to ensure the leaking is stopped.
When the plumber is finished, call SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford to ensure that your home is properly remediated. Long term dripping water can cause mold and structural issues. Our specially trained technicians will ensure that all mold is properly remediated and necessary demolition is completed. In some instances, ceiling tiles will need to be replaced and rugs might need to be removed. Our technicians will ensure that the home is properly dried.
To prevent this type of leak, keep an eye out for a higher than normal water bill, visible mold or a musty odor, or any staining on ceilings, walls and floors. Make sure that you are completing the necessary upkeep on your homes plumbing… Did you know every piece has an expiration date? Plumbing should be checked at least every two years.
In case of an emergency, give SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford a call! We’re here 24/7 to assist you.
Rain, Roofs, and Restoration
New England is known for its rapidly changing weather. The rain has been heavy, especially this summer. Heavy rain storms can cause issues for your home and business, especially if your structure isn’t properly maintained.
Your roof is the first defense against most weather. Make sure you frequently check for loose shingles or soft spots. A crack in your roof can let rain water in, causing further damage to your ceilings and your walls. Your gutters and downspouts being dirty can affect your foundation. Clogging and overflow can direct water towards your foundation, causing cracks and shifting. These cracks allow water into your home.
Water damages can be really costly. And if your insurance determines that it was due to lack of preventive maintenance, they might not cover the costs. In the event of a flooding or rain emergency SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford is here to help. We can walk you through the restoration process and are available 24/7 for water and storm damage emergencies.
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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Rain pouring off of a roof
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.