Recent Storm Damage Posts

After the Storm

8/15/2021 (Permalink)

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

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

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.

30 Years Since Hurricane Bob

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

This year is the 30th anniversary of Hurricane Bob which impacted the New England Area in August of 1991. According to a 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.

Ice Dam - 02747

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

What is an ice dam?  “Ice dam” refers to ice that builds up on the lower edge of your home’s roof, preventing water or melting ice and snow from flowing into your gutters and downspouts. Since the water can’t flow off the roof harmlessly, it backs up, eventually finding its way into your home.  

Damage usually shows up as water leaking into rooms that are directly beneath the roof, or as water stains on your ceiling, walls and insulation

Ice dams are the result of temperature differences between the main sections of your roof and the roof’s lower edges or eaves.

Since hot air rises the heated air in our homes eventually escapes into the attic. From there, this warmer air melts the snow on the roof with the resulting water running down towards the gutter.

As water flows down the roof, it has a tendency to refreeze at the eaves forming ice which can trap future water flows. Eventually, this water may pool and back up onto the roof, causing the ruinous damage associated with ice dams.

If you live in New England, ice dams cannot be completely eliminated – the snow and cold see to that. You can, however, greatly reduce their onset and resulting damage by taking appropriate steps.

Since ice dams form because of the temperature differential between your attic and roof edges, make sure your attic is properly insulated.

MassSave recommends 18-20 inches of blown-in insulation. Not only will this save on heating and cooling costs, it will keep your attic – and, therefore, your roof – colder during the winter months.

If ice dams are found, immediately have the snow removed from the trouble spots. This is best left to a professional as this can be dangerous.  

If you suffer water damage from an ice dam, call us at SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford any time of day or night!  

Don't Fall for Storm Chasers - Choose Local - Dartmouth 02748

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Ever notice that after a major storm a bunch of construction companies pop up that you’ve never heard of with addresses and locations that are anything but local?

Maybe you never noticed them because you’ve never had the need for them until recent storms damaged your house, or you were never looking so you didn’t find it. As likely as that can be, we caution against using construction and repair companies outside of your local area. The reason is, we’ve found that many of these “companies” pack up their gear and head to where the most recent storm was and prey on vulnerable families that need repairs. After the repairs are done, they pack up and move to the next storm-shattered city, leaving you to fend for yourself in case anything goes awry after the repair. 

While the prices may be enticing, and the promise of getting it done quickly appealing, the cons outweigh the pros. Always go with a local and reputable company when choosing to do repairs on your house. Whether that’s gathering information from others who’ve used the company in question in the past or doing your own research online. 

When it comes to disasters, you want to choose the best. This is why SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford is Here to Help. Not only are we a locally owned and operated franchise, made up of employees and members in your local community, we also have other regional franchises at our disposal, should your restoration and clean-up be bigger than anticipated. We’re dedicated to making your disaster, “Like it never even happened.” 

Our advice when it comes to storms and disaster restoration? Choose wisely. Choose local. Choose SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford.  

Are you ready for SNOW?

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Are you prepared for SNOW? 

Snow storms are nothing new to us living in New England and not every storm will be as enormous as the Blizzard of ’78 but being prepared is key.  

A little preparation can go a long way so you don’t have added last minute stress when the news arrives that a storm is on the way.  

  • Stock up on de-icing salt & sand and put a little bit down on walkways & sidewalks before it begin to snow.  Store this inside as it will harden & freeze.  
  • Prepare your snowblower and be sure it starts and that you have extra gas if necessary.  
  • Gutters should be checked in the Fall but if you didn’t do it then, be sure to have someone check them.  
  • Store water in buckets or bathtubs in case there is no running water.  
  • Have your shovel readily available and spray with non-stick cooking spray to make shoveling easier.  
  • Check that flashlights have working batteries and have a backup supply.  
  • Be sure to have an emergency kit with medical supplies and fill any prescriptions for medications you need on a regular basis. 
  • Make sure home heating sources are working and consider a backup source such as a fireplace or woodstove.  
  • Fully charge cell phones in case of emergency.   
  • Don’t forget your little fur babies and bring them indoors where it’s warm and safe.  

Once you have these covered, you can relax and enjoy being cozy indoors with some hot cocoa and a good book! Call SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford for your storm damage needs!

Be safe!  

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. 

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. 

What to Do After Storm Damage - Dartmouth 02747

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

When storms make their way across our hometown, the only thing we can do is prepare and hope for the best. 

When storms wreak havoc on your property, you can immediately feel helpless and vulnerable. Anything from downed electrical wires to trees falling over can pose a major threat to the integrity of your home or commercial building. 

Storm damage can be one of the most dangerous and unpredictable attacks a property owner faces because the damage itself can create an unstable environment. This is why you need an experienced restoration company such as SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford to bring stability to a shaky scene.

Here are a few things to consider after the storm has passed:

  1. Assess the integrity of your property. Specifically, is it safe for you to be there? Check for signs of damage in your home or around your property. 
  2. Make sure to keep clear of damaged buildings, power lines, and trees as these can be dangerous.
  3. If you’re driving, beware of road hazards such as flooded areas, damaged roads, bridges, and debris. 
  4. Storms are at best, scary, but at their worst, they are unpredictable and dangerous. Make sure to stay safe and away from any secondary storm damage

We understand the threats your home or property faces each time a storm comes through town. We’re also trained on how to handle them. SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford is here to help you pick up the pieces after a storm and help restore your property after storm damage. 

Ever Changing Temperatures - New Bedford 02745

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

While the seasons and the weather channel can predict what the temperature will be outside neither the chief meteorologist nor the day in the year can predict how those temperatures outside will affect your home inside. 

Storm season in New England is quite unlike any other. It can be sunny and bright one minute and the next minute, torrential downpour. 

While we may be used to the temperamental temperatures, our home and office may not be. At SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford, we’ve seen our fair share of accidents that happen as a result of storm damage and provide all the clean-up and restoration services needed to remedy your building. Whether that’s caused by winds, fallen trees, or heavy rains, our crews are trained and prepared to restore your home or office to its preloss condition. 

If this storm season threatens the integrity of your home or office, call SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford to help — we’ll make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Are You Prepared for a Winter Storm? - New Bedford 02740

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

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. 

First Comes Storm, Then Comes Damage - New Bedford 02744

12/24/2019 (Permalink)

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

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."

Storm Preparation - Fairhaven 02719

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

It's no secret that storms can cause multiple types of damages to your home, business, and rental properties. The crews at SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford are well versed in dealing with the uncertainty of the elements.

The overwhelming precipitation, wind speeds, and airborne debris can expose weak points in new construction and batter down even the sturdiest properties. If poorly maintained, gutters and downspouts can cause some serious heachaches during these "acts of God." storms. However, the redirection of water off and away from your roof can help prevent roof leaks caused by pressure and prevent accumulated water from 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.

Another way to keep water from accumulatingin your home is to make sure that your sump pump or french drain is working properly. You'll want to do this before the storms come. A simple check to make sure your sump pump isn't unplugged can go a long way. They can often become unplugged by tradesmen working in your basement looking for an electrical source to plug their equipment in; clogged with debris; and of course, the regular mechanical issues that may arise if not maintained properly. A quick test of the sump pump in anticipation of heavy rains can prevent not only disasters from occurring, but also minimizing damage to your property in the event that something does happen. Not mention, avoiding long on-hold times with the manufacturer and the frustration that comes with dealing with water damage. But then again, that is why SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford is here to make it "Like it never even happened."

Another thing to keep in mind is having some plywood on hand to board up windows if the winds reach higher speeds. 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!

Summer Storms - Dartmouth 02747

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

How many times have you been cruising down the street with the windows down enjoying the summer breeze, when all of a sudden, you hear the music on the radio pause and an alert for a storm warning with flash floods and high winds comes on the radio. 

Living on the south coast, we’re used to our weather changing rapidly. You may keep an emergency kit in your car for these exact circumstances. While you may be used to fast-changing weather conditions, your home or office may not be. 

With changes in climate as natural disasters becoming more and more common, precautions must be set in place to prepare for the unpreventable. Whether it’s a hurricane or a tsunami, tornado or hail, SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford is “ready for whatever happens.

Sun Don't Shine - Westport - 02721

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage is just another one of the many services we offer for clean up and restoration

While summer on the south coast is unlike any other with its beautiful sunsets on Gooseberry Island, calming waves on Horseneck Beach, and winery tours at Westport Rivers Vineyard…

There are some days, or even weeks when our backyard paradise is put on pause and hit with rain, wind, and lightning storms. But that’s just another south coast storm. While they don’t last long, they can wreak havoc on your streets, home, or office and leave lasting impacts. 

SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford South is available rain or shine, night or day to handle any sized disaster that results from our south coast flash storms. 

Though you may not know what the next storm will be like or what it’ll bring, or what will happen, you can trust that SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford South is “ready for whatever happens.”

Storm Season Never Stops - New Bedford 02746

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford is here to help

Living in a coastal area, storms come as quickly as they go. We have a saying in New England that goes, “if you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes.” One minute you could be tanning by the water and the next minute Mother Nature decides you should be in the water instead… and so it begins to downpour.

Storms may be most prevalent in certain months out of the year, but make no mistake, they are always looming and threatening us throughout the year. Whether that’s snowstorms, flash floods, or wind storms, our beautiful south coast area sees its all. And so does SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford. Our crews and technicians are “ready for any sized disaster” and equipped to handle whatever happens, whenever it happens with our 24/7/365 (366 on leap years) emergency disaster recovery team. 

If you’re affected by storms, call SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford: 508-999-2380. We’re here to help. 

What the Hail?- Fairhaven, MA 02719

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Hail comes in all shapes and sizes.

“How about this weather we’re having?” Have you heard or used this conversation starter lately? If you have, odds are it wasn’t in relation to a hailstorm, especially around here. Although hailstorms are not very common in this area, here are some helpful tips just in case those “golf balls” start to fall from the sky!

Preparing for a hailstorm

 If you have time to get prepared before a hailstorm here are some helpful tips to go by:

-It is best to store (if possible) vehicles, boats and other expensive items in a garage.

- Placing garbage bins, patio furniture, umbrellas and umbrella stands into a closed area such as a shed. This can help prevent further damage to your home if winds pick up.

-Making sure all doors and windows are closed.

-Closing blinds and curtains can help keep shattering glass from blowing towards you and your family while seeking shelter inside.

 -Check trees around your home. If you have large branches close to the house it is best to trim them down. These branches can cause more damage during a storm if they were to break off and hit your homes windows.

-Checking your roof is another good step towards preparedness. If you see any broken shingles, getting them replaced right away can help lessen the damage from a hailstorm.

What is hail?

According to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hail is a form of solid precipitation that occurs when updrafts in thunderstorms carry raindrops upward into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere where they freeze into little balls. They can range from pea size to the size of a grapefruit. As hail is denser and hits with a lot more force than rain does it causes far more damage. According to NOAA, hail causes up to $1 billion in damages to crops and property each year.

Hopefully this never happens to you, but if it does don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford. For all your storm related questions. Feel free to reach out to us for help at (508) 946-2397.

*Reference: National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Holiday Travel Tips – Dartmouth, MA. 02745

12/24/2018 (Permalink)

Travel Safe this Holiday Season, and Always Prepared!

With the holidays in full effect, it’s important to note safe travel practices before heading out on the road this year. Below you’ll find ways to help ensure a safe departure this holiday season - Read on to learn more!

  • Prepare your Vehicle for Long Distance

Check your wipers and fluids. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced. Simple maintenance can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the road.

  • Plan Ahead

Before you get on a highway, know your exit by name and number, and watch the signs as you near the off-ramp. Drivers making unexpected lane changes to exit often cause accidents.

  • Do not cut in front of large trucks

Remember that trucks are heavier and take longer to make a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them.

  • Beware of truck blind spots

When sharing the road with large trucks, be aware of their blind spots. If you can't see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, then the truck driver can't see you.

  • Check your emergency kit.Contents should include a battery-powered radio, flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, maps, tire-repair kit and flares.
  • Keep your eyes on the road

 Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. Even just two seconds of distraction time doubles the chances of an accident. Use your cell phone when stopped and never text while driving.

  • Leave early and avoid risks

 Leave early so you won't be anxious about arriving late and to accommodate delays. Road conditions may change due to inclement weather or traffic congestion.

  • Avoid extreme weather conditions

Ice, hail and snow make roads difficult to travel. Try to avoid driving through extreme weather conditions, and travel during daylight.

  • Remove ice and snow from your vehicle

Clear snow from your windows and roof to ensure that you have maximum visibility and are not creating a hazard for the vehicle behind you. Don't allow ice and snow to create additional blind spots on your vehicle.

  • Beware of the vehicle in front of you

Leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front so you can avoid snow and ice blowing onto your windshield or maneuver around patches of ice.

  • Slow down

With the extra highway congestion due to holiday travel, speeding becomes even more dangerous. Allow plenty of space cushion and reduce your speed.

  • Buckle up

Safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent and are a simple way to increase your safety on the road.

*Information courtesy of the American Trucking Associations

How to Prepare your Home (and yourself) for the Cold Weather - Fairhaven, MA 02719

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

Don't Get Caught in the Cold

We’ve turned back the clocks.

Caught up on our favorite TV shows.

…And Thanksgiving is just a week away.

Yep, Winter is Officially on its Way in New England!

When it comes to winterizing your home, it may feel like just one more chore on top of the already dozen piled onto your to-do list. Still, winterizing is a crucial part in preparing your home for the frigid temps that can roll in off of the waterfront and cause thousands in property damage.

To help simplify this process, we’ve created a home weatherproofing checklist – because let’s face it, you’re already under enough stress from the holidays to do it yourself! Here you’ll find ways to ensure your home is ready before the season’s first snow fall:

  1. Clean gutters & downspouts in mid-fall then double check them before winter
  2. Close any vents in your home that may have been opened for the warm weather
  3. Drain & disconnect hoses from outside faucets and turn off the water supply
  4. Buy snow shovels, salt and other winter supplies before the bad weather hits
  5. Caulk or apply weather stripping around draft areas
  6. Have your chimney cleaned before firing it up
  7. Run fans in reverse
  8. Replace the filter in your furnace
  9. Turn down your water heater
  10. Keep a hefty supply of non-perishables (and wine) in your home. It's going to be a long winter

If any unwanted surprises do happen to occur this holiday season (and we’re not talking about the in-laws staying for Christmas) you can count on our 24/7/365 emergency response team to take control of the situation so you can take back your life (sorry, still not talking about the in-laws) and make things “Like it never even happened.”

Contact us today at 508-999-2380

Tornadoes in Southeastern Mass? - Cape Cod, 02532

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

A Supercell Tornado Ravages the Central Plains of America

Toto, We're not in Kansas Anymore...

We are all aware of the recent tornado warnings that have been broadcasted across The Weather Channel, and how much of an abnormality they are in this part of the country. Normally, our knowledge of tornadoes comes from blockbuster dramas like Twister, or Storm Chasers – but what are these weather anomalies really like?

What is a Tornado?

A tornado is a funnel-shaped vortex of violent winds that form under a major storm system. Wind speeds can reach anywhere between 65mph to upwards of 300mph, depending on the scale of the tornado.

There are two forms of tornadoes, supercell and non-supercell. Supercell tornadoes are spawned from supercell thunderstorms, and are the most common tornado and typically the most dangerous. Non-supercell tornadoes are circulations that do not form from an organized storm front.

How do Tornado’s form?

According to the National Severe Storms Laboratory, tornadoes come from the energy released in a thunderstorm.

Supercell tornadoes develop from a rotating updrift. One theory on how this rotation begins is that a column of air begins to rotate from wind shear, which is then fed by warm, moist air flowing in at ground level.

Non-supercell tornadoes form from a vertically spinning parcel of air already occurring near the ground, caused by wind shear from a warm, cold, or sea breeze front, or a dryline. When an updraft moves over the rotation, and stretches it, a tornado can form.

There are still many unanswered questions scientists face when examining supercell and non-supercell tornadoes, but with the help of modern technology and equipment, we are making strides towards learning more about these super storms every day.

What do to in the event of a Tornado?

When the tornado sirens sound, you may only have minutes to find safe shelter. It is recommended that you bunker down in your bathtub if an underground shelter isn’t available.

A bathtub is a great form of shelter given that they are strong, sturdy objects which are piped directly into the ground. Normally, bathtubs and loo’s are the only remnants of a home left after a tornado has passed through it.

One incredible story of survival comes from a 60-year-old woman from Louisiana who hid in her bathtub as a tornado was ravaging her home. The tornado picked up the tub, while she was hiding in it, and carried it to a wooded area not far from her home. Miraculously, the tub was placed gently on the ground, and she suffered only minor cuts and bruising.

Tropical Storm vs. Hurricane – What Are the Warning Signs?

8/15/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Irene, circa 2011

The Deadliest Storms on Earth

Hurricane season in New England runs June 1st through November 30th, with its peak season along the East Coast between mid-August and mid-September. Hurricanes can be extremely destructive, and are generally described as a large rotating storm with high speeds of wind that gust at least 74 mph. These storms form over warm waters in tropical areas, and develop from tropical storms. The difference between a tropical storm and a hurricane is determined by wind speed, with anything greater than 74 mph being classified as a hurricane. Hurricanes can then be classified into five different categories which, again, is determined based on their wind speed.

The formation of a hurricane is a lot like baking a cake. It takes a particular set of ingredients to get it just right, so with that being said, it is important to note that not all tropical storms develop into hurricanes. To learn more about the warning signs of a hurricane formation, take a look below:

  1. Tropical disturbance

When the water vapor from the warm ocean condenses to form clouds, it releases its heat to the air. The warmed air rises and is pulled into the column of clouds. Evaporation and condensation continue, building the cloud columns higher and larger. A pattern develops, with the wind circulating around a center (like water going down a drain). As the moving column of air encounters more clouds, it becomes a cluster of thunderstorm clouds, called a tropical disturbance.

  1. Tropical depression

As the thunderstorm grows higher and larger, the air at the top of the cloud column is cooling and becoming unstable. As the heat energy is released from the cooling water vapor, the air at the top of the clouds becomes warmer, making the air pressure higher and causing winds to move outward away from the high pressure area. This movement and warming causes pressures at the surface to drop. Then air at the surface moves toward the lower pressure area, rises, and creates more thunderstorms. Winds in the storm cloud column spin faster and faster, whipping around in a circular motion. When the winds reach between 25 and 38 mph, the storm is called a tropical depression.

  1. Tropical storm

When the wind speeds reach 39 mph, the tropical depression becomes a tropical storm. This is also when the storm gets a name. The winds blow faster and begin twisting and turning around the eye, or calm center, of the storm. Wind direction is counterclockwise (west to east) in the northern hemisphere and clockwise (east to west) in the southern hemisphere. This phenomenon is known as the Coriolis Effect.

  1. Tropical cyclone

When the wind speeds reach 74 mph, the storm is officially a tropical cyclone. The storm is at least 50,000 feet high and around 125 miles across. The eye is around 5 to 30 miles wide. The trade winds (which blow from east to west) push the tropical cyclone toward the west—toward the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, or the southeastern coast of the U.S. The winds and the low air pressure also cause a huge mound of ocean water to pile up near the eye of the tropical cyclone, which can cause monster storm surges when all this water reaches land.

SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford South is locally owned and operated, meaning we understand the effects storm damage can have on the community. We are also part of a national network of over 1700 Disaster Recovery Teams, which can respond fast and with additional resources in the event of a catastrophic storm.

Storm Damage? Contact us at (508) 999-2380.

*Information on The Warning Signs of a Hurricane, courtesy of


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Faster To Any Size Disaster

IICRC Trained & Certified

Our technicians are trained through The IICRC Training Program. IICRC is a standard-setting non-profit organization for inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries, like ourselves. On top of the already rigorous training our Production Technicians and Crew Chiefs go through with IICRC, they are also certified as:

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)

This four-day course covers mold and sewage remediation techniques and how to perform these procedures in the field while protecting the health and safety of workers and occupants on your property.

  • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)

Technicians learn to dry water-damaged structures efficiently and effectively using monitoring devices, extraction systems, and drying equipment. This three-day course includes comprehensive classroom and hands-on training to develop technical and practical drying expertise.

  • Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT)

This two-day course covers pre-inspection, fabric identification, cleaning chemicals and equipment, and proper cleaning techniques for residential and commercial applications.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT)

Technicians will learn about types of smoke and fire damage, job planning, equipment, and practical cleaning procedures in fire and smoke settings. This two-day course also includes instruction on odor and deodorization concepts.

  • Odor Control Technician (OCT)

Technicians learn to address odors and deodorization techniques. This one-day course covers odor control caused by biological sources such as decomposition, urine contamination, mold, and other sources.

  • Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT)

Technicians learn fiber identification and upholstery cleaning methods. This two-day course also covers identifying upholstery cleaning problems before fabrics shrink, bleed, crown, or distort.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT)

This three-day course covers the concepts of water damage and its effects in residential and commercial settings. Technicians learn techniques and procedures to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination such as mold.

* IICRC – Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification

Locally Owned and Operated with Nationwide Resources

For 25 years, SERVPRO has been serving the communities of Dartmouth & New Bedford, along with its surrounding areas. Within that time, we’ve gone through some major changes. We’ve undergone a change in ownership, as well as an expansion in territory (double to what it was before!) We are honored to be your first choice in cleanup & restoration, and look forward to serving the community for many more years to come. 

No Job Too Big or Too Small

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster, at any given time. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

If your home or Business has suffered a Recent Loss, Contact us at (508) 999-2380

Preventing Frozen and Burst Water Pipes- New Bedford, MA

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Preventing Frozen and Burst Water Pipes- New Bedford, MA

Did you know, in just one day, 250 gallons of water can be discharged from a pipe crack as small as 1/8 inch. So, it's imperative to be proactive and take action to protect your home. Drastic drops in winter temperatures can cause extensive water damage as pipes begin to freeze and burst, causing damage to walls, ceilings, floors, carpets, furniture and other possessions. Even a small crack in your water pipe can leak enough water to flood your home. 

What to do Right Away to Prevent Water Damage from Frozen Pipes

Before extreme weather strikes, preparation is key to prevent water damage before it occurs. When temperatures dip, take these immediate steps to prevent water damage:

  • Open kitchen & bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around water pipes. Insulate pipes when possible.
  • Open water taps throughout the house to allow water to drip and to keep water pipes from freezing.
  • When going out of town, keep thermostat at a minimum of 55 degrees and ask a trusted neighbor or friend to watch your home for possible leaks. Also, turn your water off and drain water supply lines.

Keep in mind that homeowners’ insurance are more likely to pay your water damage claim if you can show that you've done your due diligence and maintained your property in a reasonable manner.

Prevent Frozen Pipes from Bursting

When pipes freeze in sub-zero weather and then thaw out as temperatures rise, frozen pipes tend to crack and burst, which causes water leaks and flooding. If you discover a frozen pipe in your home, you can still prevent it from bursting and causing water damage.

  • Turn off the main water supply.
  • Turn and leave your water taps on.
  • Remove any valuables and household possessions from the area that might be exposed to water damage if the frozen pipe bursts.
  • Gradually thaw out the ice in the frozen pipe by melting it with a heat pack. Begin applying heat at the area that is closest to the tap and slowly move further away towards the rest of the frozen pipe.

Call SERVPRO Dartmouth/New Bedford When Frozen Pipes Burst

If you are faced with an emergency water damage situation in your home or business property, give SERVPRO Dartmouth/New Bedford a call at 508-999-2380. When dealing with water damage emergencies, immediate attention to the situation will minimize damage and prevent further loss. For an immediate remedy to any frozen pipe situation, contact us immediately.

Holiday Travel Tips- Fairhaven, MA 02719

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Wishing everyone a happy & healthy Holiday season & a joyous 2018!

Many people choose to travel during the holidays by automobile, with the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation. In 2013, 343 people died on New Year's Day, 360 on Thanksgiving Day and 88 on Christmas Day, according to Injury Facts 2015. Alcohol-impaired fatalities represented 31% of the totals.

  • Use a designated driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday party; alcohol, over-the-counter or illegal drugs all cause impairment
  • Make sure every person in the vehicle is properly buckled up no matter how long or short the distance being traveled
  • Put that cell phone away; distracted driving causes one-quarter of all crashes
  • Properly maintain the vehicle and keep an emergency kit with you
  • Be prepared for heavy traffic, and possibly heavy snow
  • Keep a blanket, flashlight, water and some non-perishable food in your vehicle in case you become stranded. 
  • Print-out directions as back-up to your navigation. Service & software outages happen. 
  • Give yourself ample time to travel. Unexpected weather conditions can hinder drive time as well as all other means of transportation. 

Remember, when guests are staying in your home, make sure areas have night lights or easy-to-reach lamps in case they need to get up during the night. And, whether you are visiting someone else's home or you have guests in your home, make sure all medications are kept up and away and out of sight from young children.

These Holiday Safety Tips were provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission; in an effort to help everyone have a healthy & safe holiday season! From all of us at SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford South HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! 

Minimize Business Loss due to Storm Damage- Fairhaven, MA

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Tip: Keep updated photo records of belongings, important documents and items of value for insurance purposes.

With the recent devastation caused by various storms impacting the United States it brings about the question for a lot of business owners what would they do in the event a major storm were to hit our area. What can we do to prepare? How would this affect business financially?

50 percent of businesses that are affected by a disaster do not reopen. Sure insurance covers belongings and structural damage however the main cause of business closures after a disaster is loss of business. Most small business owners rely on the business income as their sole revenue stream. SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford has seen this happen time and time again. In an effort to reduce that percentage we developed the Emergency Ready Profile (ERP).

For more information or to schedule an appointment for your complimentary ERP please contact SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford

Storm preparation - New Bedford, MA 02740

11/8/2017 (Permalink)

Tip: Keep flashlights and battery/crank operated radio conveniently located where easily accessible for emergencies.

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 structures foundation is also a 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 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

Recovering From Flood:

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Effective Tips

The truth is that floods can hit anyone. Unfortunately, floods lead to great loss. In essence, floods are considered as a disaster anywhere. There are so many things that emanate from floods including; molding, destruction of property, and loss of lives. Here are some steps you should be ready to take that will bring you back to normal.

Here is what you should do:

  • Contact A Professional- There are businesses that have been setup to help with the effects of these disasters. You should be fast in contacting these professionals because time will only lead to further damages. SERVPRO stands among the few companies that will respond quickly and address your damages effectively.
  • Evaluate The Loss- To recover you must have the value of the loss suffered in mind. You cannot evade the a budget when recovering from losses caused by floods. However, your home or business insurance may cover these losses. Contacting them should be high on your priority list.
  • Implement Safety Measures- Do not wait for the next floods to hit you, especially if you live in an area susceptible to these types of flood disasters. It is wise to have the right measures in place to avoid losses and protect your assets in the future.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford?

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Faster to Any Size Disaster

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

When you are dealing with storm, flood, and water damage, immediate action is crucial. You should choose the company with storm damage experience and expertise that has the resources and equipment to handle the job. SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (508) 999-2380

Why Choose SERVPRO of Dartmouth / New Bedford South?

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

When a storm hits your New Bedford home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

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We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

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We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

In addition to our own resources, we can access equipment and personnel from over 1,700 Franchises across the state and country. We can even call upon strategically located Disaster Recovery Teams for catastrophic storms and major events.

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Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the New Bedford community. We are also part of a national network of 1,700 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

Water Damage Timeline

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An immediate response helps to minimize the damage

In many cleaning and restoration situations, like storms immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Dartmouth/New Bedford arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

It's not if, it's when..

11/11/2016 (Permalink)

When your home or business is under water, every minute counts.

When it comes to life's emergencies, more often than not it is not a matter of IF they will happen- it is WHEN they will happen. You can never fully prevent them from occurring, but home and business owners can however take steps to prepare for and try to prevent disasters that may occur to their property.

An ice dam forms causing your roof to leak, a pipe bursts, a storm blows in dozens of gallons or water..... chances are your home or business may eventually suffer some sort of emergency. SERVPRO professionals are trained to respond quickly and efficiently when mitigating your business. When your home or business is under water, every minute counts. SERVPRO Dartmouth/ New Bedford is available and ready to respond 24/7 and make it "Like it never happened". Call us if you need us at 508-999-2380.

The Time to Prepare for a Disaster is Now!

11/11/2016 (Permalink)

The time to prepare for a disaster is now

In recent years many forms of disasters have affected the U.S. Whether it's flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, blizzards, etc. are all natural disasters that can threaten your home or business.

Storms can have a devastating effect on the entire community. SERVPRO Dartmouth/New Bedford wants to help you and your family be prepared for an unexpected situation.

The time to prepare for a disaster is now

Here are a few things to take into consideration while preparing an emergency kit. More often than not, during severe weather & storm conditions many businesses and households tend to lose power. Due to heavy winds and the nature of our power line system here in the Northeast; our power seems to be the first thing to go. Forcing us to resort to non-perishable food items and conserving our fresh bottled water.

  • It is recommended to keep at least a 3 day supply (for each member of your household, including pets) of both non-perishable food and bottled water readily available.
  • A battery operated radio is also an important item to keep available to keep up to date on any storm condition warnings or evacuations of your area.
  • Flashlights and plenty of batteries only (candles can be quite dangerous especially during windy conditions and dim lighting).
  • First aid kits, extra clothing, dust masks and duct tape are also important.
  • Keeping a wrench or pliers handy to shut off any utilities if necessary is probably a good idea as well.


With a little preparation you can make weathering a storm a little more comfortable and more importantly, safe. Be sure to always follow any safety and/or evacuation protocols issued by your state and/or county.

Mondays Motivation

7/18/2016 (Permalink)

"Stay strong, the storm will pass."

Mondays Motivation- "Stay strong, the storm will pass." Everyday at SERVPRO we meet people that are dealing with a tragedy in their home or business. Whether it's a fire that seemingly destroyed everything or a flooded basement that has them thinking everything's ruined. Our highly trained technicians are not only the best at what they do, they are also some of the most compassionate people you will ever meet.If you don't believe us, feel free to click on our Testimonials tab to see what others are saying about us! We're here 24/7 at 508-999-2380.

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. Our highly trained technicians respond quickly, whether you need water damage restoration or simply need your upholstery cleaned. You can depend on SERVPRO for all of your needs, whether it be water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, cleaning services, the list goes on…