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Dreaming of a White Christmas - New Bedford 02745

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

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

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

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.”

Large Loss? You Can Count on Us - Fairhaven 02719

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

There are multiple commercial restoration companies able to handle damage resulting from a small plumbing overflow or from stormy rain under a window sill. But when damages intensify and bring your business to a crumbling halt, disarranging employees and negatively impacting your customers, it’s time to require a disaster recovery company with large loss recovery expertise. SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford has the capability and knowledge to respond to any size job, anywhere.

When your business is in a crunch, you need a comeback partner who understands the negative impact business interruption can have, a large loss recovery services partner who understands that every second your doors are closed, not only affects your bottom line but also disturbs your employees, their families, and your customers. 

When resources are limited, SERVPRO’s large loss response team will be there for you and your property, giving you the personalized attention you need and deserve. With company-owned equipment and efficient staff, SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford is able to effectively handle and respond to multiple restoration projects simultaneously, without compromising service.

That School Isn't Supposed to be Underwater - Dartmouth 02747

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

What do a group of fish and a recent water damage SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford responded to have in common? They’re both a school. 

In the morning hours of a recent flash flooding, our crews were called in to attend to seepage at the entrance of a local school. Thankfully, the school was not yet in session. But that didn’t keep us from responding quickly and remediating the damage. 

As our technicians worked hard to restore the lobby where children would be entering through to begin another year of education, we took every precaution to ensure that all was dry and brought back to preloss condition. One of our main concerns with water damages is preventing mold growth, especially in an environment where lots of children will be present for extended periods of time. 

With our industry-leading equipment and specially trained technicians SERVPRO was the best choice for the job. Within one week we were able to get the building back to preloss condition. For all your water damage and commercial clean-up needs, you can trust SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford to make it, “Like it never even happened.” 

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.