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How to Prevent Dryer Vent Fires - Westport, MA 02791

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

clogged dryer vent with lint Don't ignore your dryer vents! Remember to clean them regularly to prevent lint build up and help minimize the risk of dryer vent fires!

Did you know that dryer vent fires are the second leading cause of residential fires in the United States? While dryers are often overlooked, the truth is, if you’re not regularly servicing your dryer, you run the risk of falling victim to a dryer vent fire. Here are some things to keep in mind to ensure that your dryer keeps the heat inside:

  1. Use a professional installer 
  2. Regularly service your equipment
  3. Keep the surrounding area free of flammable materials 
  4. Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry
  5. Use only rigid or flexible metal venting material
  6. Ensure air exhaust vent pipe is unrestricted
  7. Do no overload
  8. Inspect Gas Lines
  9. Use the correct plug and outlet
  10. Never run the dryer when you leave home or are sleeping. 

While these steps are simple and pretty easy to carry out, they are also crucial in helping to prevent a dryer fire. If you find yourself dealing with the heat outside of the dryer, call SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford (508) 999-2380 for our fire and smoke damage restoration services. We are Here to Help!

Common Causes of Fire Damage - New Bedford 02746

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

One of the worst nightmares for a home or business owner is one of the things we at SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford deal with every day. A fire in your home or office can you leave you feeling vulnerable and unsafe. Oftentimes, a small spark will set a whole building or house on fire. We’ve seen it all. Fires are extremely traumatizing and for that reason, we decided to compile a list of the most common causes of fire so you can prevent the likelihood of a disaster happening in your home. 

  • Faulty Electrics
  • Flammable and Combustible Materials
  • Human Error
  • General Negligence
  • Arson

Here are the most common causes of home fires:

  • Electrical Equipment
  • Cooking Equipment
  • Candles
  • Heating Mechanisms such as space heaters
  • Smoking in bedrooms
  • Electrical equipment
  • Curious children
  • Barbecues
  • Flammable liquids
  • Lighting

If you ever find yourself facing fire damage in your home or office, call SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford and we’ll be happy to help restore the damage. 

We Know What We're Doing - Dartmouth 02740

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to conducting business, the main focus will always be on customer service. It’s something that we at SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford pride ourselves on - serving our customers and our community by helping them in their time of need. We’re certain that business owners feel the same way. 

This is why as we move forward to a new normal with businesses back open, it’s important that customers and clients are welcomed back into a disinfected space. 

We’re not just talking about simply keeping things clean, the keyword for helping to stop the spread is disinfection. For years, SERVPRO has offered more than just our staple and trustworthy fire damage and water damage restoration services, as well as mold remediation services. We’ve been providing general cleaning and disinfection services before this pandemic. Now, with our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program, we are, more so than ever, the answer to our communities' disinfection needs.

Though the virus is novel; disinfection is not something new to us. 

While many cleaning companies are adding sanitization to their list of services, are they using the correct product, equipment, and technique? In addition to our experienced technicians, we are also certified and trained by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection and Cleaning Restoration Certification). Not to mention, our proprietary SERVPROXIDE™ disinfectant is hospital grade, CDC, and EPA-approved. We know what we’re doing. 

Your customers deserve clean, and there’s only one team that can deliver it: SERPVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford. Call us today to schedule a free disinfection consultation: (508) 999-2380

Into the Storm - Fairhaven 02719

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

When storms come, they not only bring strong winds and high water to flood our streets. Storms are also known to bring all sorts of unpredictable and disastrous damage to homes and offices. 

At SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford, we’re prepared for it all.

When heavy rains and strong winds beat against our lovely south coast community and almost tore it down, we were there to restore homes and offices throughout the area. When our neighbors in Warwick, RI were flooded, literally, with disaster calls we loaded up our trucks and partnered with regional SERVPRO franchises to help them restore their communities. We’ve even been part of the national response team following the attack on September 11, 2001, at the Pentagon. SERVPRO has been to it all, seen it all, and is prepared for it all.

When it comes to storm damage, you can sleep securely knowing SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford is just a call away. We are ready for whatever happens. 

Holidays are The Peak Season For Home Cooking Fires - New Bedford 02746

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

stovetop fire Never leave the stove unattended when cooking.

'Tis the season for holiday home cooking fires! Coming in at the top of the list is Thanksgiving Day followed close behind by Christmas and New Year’s.

It’s no surprise to us, and fire departments all around the United States that the holidays are the peak season for cooking fires.

While there may be fewer guests around the table this year due to social distancing guidelines, the holidays have not been canceled. Though there may be less food, the dangers of cooking fires are still present. 

Here’s a piece of advice we at SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford always give out around the holiday season but one that can be used all throughout the year: 

On Thanksgiving, deep frying a turkey make 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 around the holidays when family 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. 

If you or a family member are victims of letting loose during the holidays and suddenly realize the fire did as well, first call 911, and then call SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford. 

Signs of Water Damage - South Dartmouth 02748

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage is one of the hardest things to spot in your home before it’s too late. Normally, by the time we see signs of water damage, the damage itself is extensive. 

Here are a few things to look out for if you suspect water damage in your home or office:

Smell:

When water damage occurs, if not treated right away, it can lead to mold growth giving off a musty smell. Your nose knows when something is off so if you suspect water damage try to “sniff it out” and find the source. 

Discoloration:

Check your ceiling, wall, or surfaces for discoloration and dark spots. It could look like streaks a puddle mark of dried water.

Leaking:

This one of pretty obvious. Usually, if something is leaking it means there is water trapped on the other side. Don’t just collect the water that is leaking out, find the source to stop the leak.

Of course, these are only a few signs of water damage to look for. In some cases, water damage may be so hidden that it is only discovered until much later when bigger problems arise. To prevent water damage, make sure to keep up with necessary home improvements, and properly winterize your home. 

For all your water damage restoration needs, contact the crews at SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford. We are always “Ready for whatever happens®.”  

Watch Out for Candles! - New Bedford 02746

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Who doesn’t love candles? There’s nothing quite like lighting an ocean breeze scented candle after a day of cleaning in the middle of spring. Or maybe even an apple cinnamon smell during the holidays. Whatever your nose prefers, there’s a scent for everyone’s taste. 

However pleasing that smell may be, candles can play an extremely dangerous role in the event of a fire. Here are some tips to make sure you’re never the victim of a candle fire.

  • Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle
  • Keep candles out of reach of children
  • Make sure candles are on stable surfaces
  • Don't burn candles near trees, curtains, or any other flammable items
  • Don't burn trees, wreaths, or wrapping paper in the fireplace
  • Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year

We here at SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford understand that mistakes happen — if you ever find yourself or your home or office burned by the result of candles, give us a call. We can assure there is no job too big or too small when it comes to serving our community. 

3 Things to do in the Fall to Prevent Winter Water Damage - New Bedford 02740

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

There’s something special about Fall in the south coast. Between the leaves changing colors and the temperatures dropping and sweater-weather making its official comeback, it’s easily a favorite season for many. For homeowners, however, it’s also an important season to consider when it comes to preventing winter water damage. 

Common causes of water damage include leaks, burst pipes, and drainage issues. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to help prevent these issues from arising in the cold winter months:

  1. Clean your gutters.

You may ask, “What does this have to do with water damage?” When your gutters are clogged, this stops the outward flow of water collected in your gutters. Leaves are often the guilty party in this. When water isn’t flowing out of your home, you can bet that it’s floating in. Thankfully, this is an easy issue to address. 

2. Insulate areas in your home susceptible to freezing.

This goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: freezing temperature cause pipes to burst because the pipes are not well insulated (or protected) from the cold. When the temperatures drop, the water in the pipes freezes and expands causing the pipes to burst. When the temperature goes up and the water begins to flow, it flows out of the crack in the pipe and into the walls of your home or office. That can cause a major headache and disturbance. So before that has a chance to happen, make sure your walls are well insulated. 

3. Detach your hoses. 

This one is often overlooked. When it comes to putting away your gardening tools, it’s easy to forget the hoses. This is another important area to watch out for as we transition into the colder months. Remember to detach your hoses, drain them, and insulate the faucet so it doesn’t freeze from the outside temperatures. 

Again, these are just a few tips to get your home ready for the winter months. If one of these things are overlooked, it can easily cause water damage. If that happens, just know that SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford is here 24/7 to help with your water damage needs. 

Sewage, Seepage, Soakage - Fairhaven 02719

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

They say, “no rain, no flowers” but there is something to be said about certain things staying dry and buried. While we may not always be able to prevent certain disasters from happening in the first place, we can certainly prevent it from taking over your peace of mind. Water damages are never quite a day at the beach, but when you call SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford, they don’t have to be total chaos either.

Living in Massachusetts, the weather is always unpredictable and can often result in many unforeseen disasters taking place. With each flood, we often see a flood of emotions. This is why our team is specially trained in handling these kinds of disasters so you don’t have to. From the moment we arrive on the scene, we look for ways to “stop the bleeding” and prevent the situation from escalating and the water damage from spreading. 

In the greater New Bedford area, some common issues our crew deals with are machinery malfunction from washing machines, dishwashers, and hot water tanks. In addition, we also see outside invasion from outdoor faucets that may have frozen over the winter and are now leaking into the basement. As your sprinklers are watering your grass, those same pipes are watering your basement! 

Not only does SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford handle water damage from clean water sources, but we’re also specially trained to deal with unclean water damage as well such as sewage backups and septic tank failures. 

While it’s never convenient, water damage doesn’t have to ruin everything. Call SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford to handle all your water emergencies quickly and efficiently. 

Preparing an Emergency Plan - Dartmouth 02747

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

When storms approach, it's helpful to be prepared in case it becomes too much to handle which is why we always recommend creating an emergency plan for your and family. At SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford, we not only specialize in water and fire damage cleanup and restoration but our crews also respond to damage caused by storms from hurricanes and tornadoes to rain and wind storms. 

As much as we try to, we can never accurately predict how the elements will impact a certain area, especially during the volatile environments caused by storms. 

This is why it’s important to have a concrete plan to follow during emergency situations. Here are some things to consider when preparing a plan for you and your family: 

   1. Create a Checklist

This can include a list of supplies to grab before leaving your homes such as your emergency kit, pets, and any additional medication or documents. 

   2. Discuss important decisions

Things like where to meet if your home or neighborhood is not safe, who to contact, and how you should respond to emergencies

  3. Tailor your plan. 

Each family has different needs and limitations, make sure yours works for everyone in your household. 

  4. Practice until perfect. 

All plans are perfect in theory, but when you actually put the plan into action, you’ll find flaws. Make sure to role-play and make changes if needed. 

  5. Learn important phone numbers

This one is simple and straight-forward. Memorizing important numbers is key to ensuring you can contact the correct people.

We pride ourselves in being" Ready for whatever happens" and we want you and your family to be ready as well. As you are running from the storm, our techs are running to it to do what we do best: make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Contact SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford for all your storm damage restoration needs.