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Top 5 Causes of Fires

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Top 5 Causes of Fires

Have you ever wondered what the top 5 causes of fires are in the US? Well, we are Here to Help. This top 5 list will go through each cause and explain how you can prevent it from happening in your home or business.

1.) Cooking Equipment. That’s right, cooking equipment left unattended or overheating is the leading cause of fires in the home. Make sure to always turn off your cooking appliances when not in use and always be aware when you are cooking.
2.) Heating. Leaving the heating on or leaving flammable objects around your heating system is a leading cause of fires. Always make sure to be mindful of what is around your heaters. Additionally, always make sure to remember to turn it off when not in use.
3.) Smoking. This is one of the most dangerous, as a cigarette that is not properly put out can quickly cause a large fire. Smoking in your home is not advised. However, if you do choose to smoke, be sure it is always completely put out before leaving the area.
4.) Candles. These small and pretty decorations can easily burst into flames if you don’t attend to them or if they are forgotten about. Also, be sure to keep them away from flammable objects.
5.) Electrical Equipment. These days our homes are filled with tons of gadgets and electronics. Be sure to check that the cords are not faulty or frayed before use and that you don’t overload any adapters.

There is no way to completely avoid these leading causes for fires, so the main takeaway is to just be mindful. Also, make sure your home or business has the proper amount of smoke detectors and fire extinguishers if anything were to catch fire. If it does happen and you are left with fire/smoke/soot damage, give us a call at 508-697-5439

Top causes of water damages in your home

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

There are many causes for water damage in your home

One cause could be a partially clogged toilet and shower. There aren’t many indicators when this is occurring as everything can seem to be running normally. After time, marks begin to show on the ceiling of the floor below as the clogged pipes begin to leak. One way to prevent this is to regularly treat drains to ensure they do not get clogged up.

Another cause of water damage to a home is a poorly maintained roof and/ or gutters. When there is no clear path for water to travel from the roof to the ground, the water will just sit and build. The weight then overbears the roof and water seeps through into the house. This can be prevented by regularly cleaning your gutters and maintaining your roof so it is always in great shape.

A third way water damage can be caused to the home is a bad sump pump. If the pump is not working properly, it can overflow causing the basement to flood. The way to prevent this is to check your pump regularly to be sure that it is operating properly and capable of pumping the water out of the pit and away from your home.

If your home does encounter water damage from any of the above, call SERVPRO of Bridgewater/Sharon We are your local SERVPRO. Our trained technicians have the knowledge and expertise to make your water damage situation "Like it never even happened."

IICRC Certified

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), a nonprofit organization, functions basically as an oversight and accreditation organization for the cleaning industry. Among its functions is the dissemination of national standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. These standards, while optional, include general best practices, as well as specific and discrete recommendations for specific categories of cleanup/restoration/inspection. These specific categories are wide-ranging and include fire and smoke damage restoration, trauma and crime scene cleanup, etc.

SERVPRO Industries LLC is a leading national provider of cleaning and restoration services.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater/Sharon is proud to be an IICRC Certified Firm and to offer professional services based on the IICRC standards and best practices. SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham has the following Active Certifications:

  • Applied Structural Drying
  • Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Safety Risks

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Addresses Physical, Chemical, and Biological Risks For Safe Restoration of Your Flood Damaged Property

Flooded properties can be risk havens if precautions are not taken during the renovation process. Such risks can lead to physical injury or exposure to harmful substances. It is also possible to cause additional unintended damages to the property. SERVPRO helps manage safety risks for the safe restoration of your property.

How does flood damage homeowners?

  • Floodwater deposit chemicals and biohazards in houses
  • Water and mud leave surfaces slick, increasing the risk of sliding
  • The risk of electrocution is high once property floods

Although the most apparent problem during a flooding incident is the rising water that intrudes into different sections of the house, other issues present bigger problems. For instance, the floodwater might contain dissolved chemicals and biohazards. Wading into the water to perform removal procedures might only replace a simple problem with a severe one when someone falls sick.

Our SERVPRO technicians accomplish the desired goal of extracting the contaminated floodwaters while avoiding the risk since we use protective gear such as rubber boots and Tyvek bodysuits. We also use circuit testers to confirm no electric current flowing through the water or wet surfaces, thus eliminating the risk of electrocution.

What is the best way to safeguard against physical injury?

Unlike chemical and biohazards, it is hard to eliminate the risks that lead to physical injuries while restoring flood damage. Our SERVPRO professionals prepare the loss site to minimize the dangers by:

  • Setting up the wet floor and other warning signs
  • Shoveling mud and silt from the floors making the less slippery
  • Securing equipment cables and hoses with tack strips 

Flood loss sites are usually chaotic, with everything spread all over the place. The equipment used to extract water and clean soiled areas can add to the level of clutter. Our crews declutter loss sites before starting restoration processes by setting up a staging area for the equipment and securing any materials that might trip people.

SERVPRO of Bridgewater/Sharon can restore your property safely. Call us at 508-697-5439. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO lessens impact to business owners

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO lessens impact and costs for business owners when called for help with fire damage restoration

Even if you have a small fire at your commercial space, you could have significant issues with smoke damage and indoor air quality (IAQ). Not only will there be burnt, charred materials to dispose of, but you also have to think about corrosive smoke and soot residue that may have traveled throughout the building – often via the HVAC system. SERVPRO is the only team to call when you want skilled fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) on the job.

When handling fire damage restoration in Taunton, our team knows that circulating soot particles start to settle on contents and surfaces, posing a threat. This acidic, corrosive soot can damage surfaces it lands on, calling for specialized, careful cleaning. We work to:

  • Cut back on the power of smoke odors present in the building
  • Pay close attention to any safety hazards that fire and smoke/soot damage presents
  • Reduce thickness and severity of residue and soiling on all impacted surfaces

SERVPRO technicians have access to the best equipment in the industry when handling water & fire damage restorations, including:

  • Vacuums and air scrubbers with HEPA filtration
  • ULV fogging equipment
  • Ozone and Hydroxyl generators
  • EPA-registered sanitizers and deodorizers

The team at SERVPRO Bridgewater/Sharon is available 24/7 for emergency response when you require prompt, reliable fire damage restoration. Call us to your commercial space when you need us by dialing (508) 697-5439, and we can be there as soon as possible.

Fire Evacuation Plan

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

The importance of developing a plan

A fire evacuation plan is an important part of a business’s overall emergency action plan.  The purpose of an emergency action plan is to assist employees with what actions should be taken during workplace emergencies. Organized plans and training will result in fewer injuries and less damage to the workplace during emergencies. A poorly prepared plan can result in a chaotic evacuation or a sub-optimal response from employees, which can result in misunderstanding, injury, and damage.

The following should be considered when developing a fire evacuation plan:

  • A chain of command and appointment of a person in charge in the event of an evacuation. The designation of what some call an “evacuation warden” to assist others and to account for employees is recommended;
  • Clear and well-defined procedures, such as routes and exits. These procedures should be posted where they are easily seen by all employees;
  • Procedures for assisting people who are unable to follow the standard evacuation procedure (such as those with disabilities);
  • A way to account for employees after an evacuation.

Your plan should also consider a way to alert employees to evacuate, how to report emergencies, and how to contact authorities if required. Remember, communication is key. This should include the following: 

  • Alarms should be available and recognized by all employees as a signal to evacuate the building;
  • Make available an emergency communications system to notify employees of the emergency 
  • Have in place a system that will allow you to contact local law enforcement, the fire department, or others as needed; and
  • Alarms must be able to be heard, seen, or otherwise perceived by everyone in the workplace. 

A fire evacuation plan is essential to a business in helping keep employees safe, organized and accounted for in the event of a workplace fire and can help avoid confusion and injury.

Ice Dams Explained

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Explaining Ice Dams

In much of the country, winter weather comes with myriad hazards. Ice is usually the most dangerous of these seasonal threats. That’s when ice dams can come in to play.

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms along the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining off. The heat inside the home then melts a large amount of snow turning it to water, but that water cannot drain off the roof because at the very edge of the roof is hardened snow and ice  (which cannot be reached by the heat inside). This results in the pooling of water, which then seeps into the roof and walls causing interior water damage.

The pooled water can also promote the growth of mildew and mold since it is usually the attic that gets the moisture from the ice dams, and attics are often perfect breeding grounds for mold. The best way to deal with ice dams is to prevent them from happening. You can do this by ensuring proper insulation. This will allow less heat to escape into an attic and prevent melting the snow on the roof. Otherwise, the best short-term action that can be taken is simply removing snow that accumulates on the roof, especially at the edges- but do so carefully.

If your home falls victim to an ice dam and there’s water damage involved- call SERVPRO of Bridgewater/Sharon. Our trained technicians have the experience and expertise to return your home back to its pre-water damaged condition.

Flood Damage after a storm

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bridgewater/Sharon Arrives Fast to Your Home to Begin Flood Damage Mitigation and Cleanup Efforts

Nobody Handles Flood Damage Quite Like the Technicians at SERVPRO – Call us When You Need Rapid Cleanup and Restoration Assistance

If not addressed quickly, flooding at your home will lead to costly, extensive repairs. Rather than the clean water that comes from a broken pipe in your home or a faulty appliance, flooding brings with it contaminated water. Instead of tackling this with DIY methods, you need skilled IICRC-certified technicians like we have on-staff here at SERVPRO. We understand best practices for dealing with significant contamination to keep bacteria from spreading to unaffected areas of your home.

When you call us for help with flood damage after a storm, we have a series of actions that we follow:

  • Our team extracts water while removing all bulk debris using pumps and heavy-duty extraction tools.
  • We work to return the relative humidity in your home to normal levels by way of industrial-grade dehumidifiers.
  • Air filtration devices are put into play, which removes contaminants and other particulates from the air.
  • Any remaining debris, unsalvageable materials, and other damaged contents get removed using controlled demolition to set the stage for full restoration. 

When you need flood damage assistance after a significant storm, you can trust our crew at SERVPRO of Bridgewater/Sharon to get the job done right the first time. We are available 24/7 by calling 508-697-5439 for emergency restoration services. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Types of Storms

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Hurricanes, Blizzards, Nor’easters and Microbursts

Although most people experience a range of storms during the winter season, most remain unclear on the differences between hurricanes, blizzards, nor’easters, and microbursts. First, let’s examine hurricanes, also called tropical cyclones. They form over large bodies of water, and involve rising hot air (from the ocean), and sinking cool air (from higher up in the atmosphere). Hurricanes affect large areas and feature strong winds, thunderstorms, and heavy rainfall. A blizzard, on the other hand, is a much more localized storm and features heavy snowfall accompanied by high winds. Blizzards do not last as long as hurricanes, and generally dissipate within a single day. Nor’easters are a specific type of blizzard, which develops along the New England and eastern Canada coasts.

A Nor’easter is much larger than a typical blizzard, and also features some hurricane-like traits, namely the formation of a low-pressure area off the coast, which pushes strong winds from the northeast, often causing havoc on the coast. Finally, microbursts are localized thunderstorms that are caused by a downward motion of air within a thunder cloud. They are short-lasting and can often be destructive. All of these types of storms can cause severe damage to both residential and commercial buildings, however, the ferocity and speed of winds are highest in the case of hurricanes (depending on intensity) and microbursts. On the other hand, nor’easters can be extremely damaging to the coastline, and heavy blizzards can often dump enough snow to collapse roofs and bring down trees.

When a storm strikes the Plymouth Area, and your home or business suffers storm damage- leave it to the professionals. Call SERVPRO of Bridgewater/Sharon at (508) 697-5439


2/28/2022 (Permalink)

"Why SERVPRO?" When it Comes to Disinfecting Services Both Locally and Nationwide

SERVPRO Industries Inc. provides updates to franchises like ours daily on any updated Protocols and Procedures as we learn more and more about this new virus every day. The Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak has been affecting the lives of people worldwide and has been declared a global pandemic. Recently, Governor Baker has declared a state of emergency in Massachusettes. With Covid-19 cases climbing, health officials are now focusing on methods to "flatten the curve".

Utilizing professional Disinfecting Services can be one proactive way to flatten the curve. There are several ways we can work together as not only a town, but a nation to flatten the curve. Another one of those ways being willing to stay and work from home to contain the spread of this virus. People are advised to practice social distancing and avoid crowded places such as bars, restaurants, shopping malls or places of worship. More recently, such places have been instructed to shut their doors completely in an effort to flatten the curve.

Another way we can work together to contain this virus and "flatten the curve" is by paying special attention to personal hygiene by washing our hands often and thoroughly. Don’t forget, panic buying everything in the grocery section hurts those who may really need it, such as the elderly population who might not be able to get to stores as often and easily. It seems each day new information, rules, and guidelines are being put forth in our country and state- so it is important to stay informed. An excellent resource to stay updated on Covid-19 news in our area is here, right on the official website for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts- 

If you have any questions about disinfecting services for your building or business, please don't hesitate to call us at (508) 697-5439. We are always here for you, working around the clock 24/7 to ensure we provide services that help make disasters "Like it never even happened."