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Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO is Hazmat and Bio Hazard Removal Trained

3/23/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO?  SERVPRO is Hazmat and Bio Hazard Removal Trained

Bio hazard clean up is considered: blood clean up, urine clean up, human feces clean up, animal feces clean up, vomit clean up, and other human fluids.  General maid and janitorial services will not remove these items due to their potentially hazardous nature.  SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield technicians are trained and properly uniformed to safely remove bio hazardous materials. This is why you can rely on SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield to get the job done quickly, safely, and to sanitation standards.  Many homes and buildings that have been left unattended and/or improperly cared for will generally require this type of service. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield will remove all hazardous items and properly dispose of them. If you or your business is in need of bio hazard removal, please do not hesitate to call today.

Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO Will Work with Your Insurance

3/23/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO Will Work with Your Insurance

In the unfortunate event your home or business suffers: water damage, fire damage, mold damage, or bio-hazard clean up needs,  SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield will work seamlessly with your insurance company.  This means less hassle and less worry for you. Our employees talk with insurance adjusters every day to make sure things are billed correctly with your insurance and the job is properly documented to ensure things are going according to plan. Being in business for years and years, whatever property and casualty insurance you or your company uses, odds are we have worked with them in the past.  If you need the job done right and less hassle for you, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU COMPLETED THESE FIRE PREVENTION TASKS FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU COMPLETED THESE FIRE PREVENTION TASKS FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

You’ve heard all of the preventative steps, you’ve prepped your employees, and your building is up to code. However, the easiest prevention methods are usually the most overlooked. Inspect these things today and be sure to set reminders accordingly:

  • Smoke Detectors. Safety experts say that you should check these at least once a month and replace the batteries once a year, or as needed.
  • Fire Extinguishers. See the directions on your fire extinguisher to see when it expires and who you can call to replace your extinguishers. Extinguishers can last anywhere from five to fifteen years. Also, depending on your fire marshal’s standards, you may have to have your extinguisher certified.
  • Fire Exits and Exit Signs. Can guests clearly see exit signs? Can they easily get to them? Consider having a fire drill to ensure guests and employees can easily get out of the building in the event of an emergency. Practice regularly.
  • See any State or Local Guidelines. There are some local and state guidelines that businesses have to follow to stay up to code. Take a minute to read up on these laws or talk to your local fire marshal to learn about the guidelines.

Keeping your business, employees, and guests safe is important. Just by taking the time to make sure the basics of fire safety are taken care of, you can protect your investment.

 Source: DKI Service Fire Services

Would your business be prepared in the event of a disaster?

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Would your business be prepared in the event of a disaster?

What would you do if your business suffered: Water Damage, Fire Damage, Smoke Damage, Mold, or a Bio-Hazard contamination? Do you have a plan in place? SERPVRO® offers at no charge a business "Ready Plan" app for your phone that will walk you through a preparedness  plan that could save your business $1,000's. 

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. In general, the faster the response time to a disaster, the less secondary damage can occur. SERVPRO is "faster to any disaster" and works with you and your employees every step of the way.

The SERVPRO Ready Plan app will guide you through a: Water Damage event, Fire Damage event, Mold, Bio-Hazard contamination, and more.  Pre-planning and having this app on the ready can help to give you tremendous peace of mind.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

SERVPRO is "Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certified

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is "Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certified"

Do you need upholstery cleaning or carpet cleaning for your business? SERVPRO cleans upholstery for general cleaning , pet dander, smoke damage, office carpet tile, and more.

The IICRC is a certification and Standards Developing Organization (SDO) non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. In partnership with regional and international trade associates, the IICRC serves more than 25 countries.

TheIICRC works with other organizations to increase awareness of certified firms – from companies like Shaw, which requires warranty work be done by an IICRC Certified Firm, to associations, to government officials. Additionally, theIICRC also partners with the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) to include a suggestion for use of IICRC Certified Firms that specialize in upholstery cleaning in its Furniture Care Codes.

When you see aIICRClogo, you can be confident that an IICRC-certified experienced, qualified professional is caring for your valuable property.

Source: http://www.IICRC.org

Never Pour Grease Down Your Sink

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Never pour grease down your sink

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?

The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done.

Pipe leaks from clogged pipes can cause water damage to your home as well as mold damage if the water damage is not soon addressed.

Source: www.farmers.com

October is Fire Prevention Month

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

October is Fire Prevention Month

During Fire Prevention month, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires. See what programs your local fire station offers.

Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware – fire can happen anywhere!” That’s the theme for Fire Prevention Week.

LOOK
Look for places fires could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.

LISTEN
Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.

LEARN
Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

Source: https://www.nfpa.org

2 Outside Projects to do in Order to Avoid Water Damage

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

2 Outside Projects to do in Order to Avoid Water Damage

1.Be careful where you plant

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

2. Clean out roof gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

How to Prevent Mold on Your Patio Furniture

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

How to Prevent Mold on Your Patio Furniture

If you’re hoping to save your current furniture or you’ve bought a new patio set and want to keep it from falling victim to the same problem, you can take steps to prevent mildew and mold. When purchasing new furniture, look for water-resistant fabrics and materials and check to see if the dyes used are also weather-resistant. Acrylic and polyester are usually the most durable. You can also waterproof your patio furniture yourself by purchasing a waterproofing kit at your local supply store.

Note that sunscreen and bug spray are known to soak into cushions, so always use a towel to sit on as added protection, and never sit down directly after coming out of the pool. If you do spill water or otherwise soil the furniture, clean it immediately, and do routine cleaning every few weeks. If you do not use your patio furniture year round, consider using furniture covers, or find a shed, garage or storage unit to house it during the off season.

Now that you know how to remove mold and mildew from patio furniture, you can clean up your chairs, table and umbrella to return it to good condition. You’ll be back to lounging out in the summer heat in no time.

Source: https://learn.livingdirect.com/patio-furniture-mold-removal/

Keep an eye on your water bill in order to detect slow leaks

10/8/2018 (Permalink)

Keep an eye on your water bill in order to detect slow leaks

With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.

It's not uncommon for us to get a call from a homeowner who has mold behind their dishwasher or mold behind their sink because there has been a slow leak in a pipe in their walls. It's always a good idea to take care of any water leak as soon as possible in order to prevent mold from forming in addition to the water damage.

If your pipes clog, use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

If your pipes clog, use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes. If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes.

Source: www.farmers.com

What is the SERVPRO® Ready Plan Tool

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

What is the SERVPRO® Ready Plan Tool

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your home or business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your home or business.

SERVPRO® of Taunton and Mansfield have restoration experts available 24 hours a day to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold mitigation and removal. Our Large Loss Division has the expertise to manage the cost and operations of large commercial disaster recovery projects.

How to Decrease Your Mold Exposure

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

How to Decrease Your Mold Exposure

How can people decrease mold exposure?

Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Sensitive individuals should avoid areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass, and wooded areas. Inside homes, mold growth can be slowed by controlling humidity levels and ventilating showers and cooking areas.

Specific Recommendations:

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can—no higher than 50%–all day long. An air conditioner or dehumidifier will help you keep the level low. Bear in mind that humidity levels change over the course of a day with changes in the moisture in the air and the air temperature, so you will need to check the humidity levels more than once a day.
  • Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
  • Be sure the home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.
  • Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.
  • Clean bathrooms with mold killing products.
  • Do not carpet bathrooms and basements.
  • Remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.

What areas have high mold exposures?

  • Antique shops
  • Greenhouses
  • Saunas
  • Farms
  • Mills
  • Construction areas
  • Flower shops
  • Summer cottages
  • Lake Houses

Source: cdc.gov

What are molds?

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

What are molds?

One of the most common questions we receive at SERVPRO® of Taunton and Mansfield is: what exactly is mold.  What kind of mold do I have?  How do I keep it from spreading?

Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. In addition, mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth.

What are some of the common indoor molds?

  • Cladosporium
  • Penicillium
  • Alternaria
  • Aspergillus

SERVPRO® can help to remediate the mold in your home.  In addition, SERVPRO® will bring in air scrubbers that will help to remove the mold spores in the air in order to prevent any additional mold from forming.  In most cases, the contaminated area will be sealed off in order to contain the mold spores in the air while the air is being "scrubbed" by the air scrubbers.

In many cases, the mold can simply be remediated.  Please give us a call to schedule an appointment.

Taunton and Mansfield area - Are you Storm Aware?

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Taunton and Mansfield area - Are you Storm Aware?

As we continue to see storms throughout our Taunton and Mansfield area cities, we at SERVPRO® of Taunton and Mansfield want you to be aware of what the different threat levels mean so that you can be better prepared for whatever happens. 

Flash Flood Watch

A Flash Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flash Flood Warning

A Flash Flood Warning is issued when flash flooding is imminent or occurring.

Flood Watch

A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Flood Warning

A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

If your home or commercial building ever suffers flood damage, call the SERVPRO® of Taunton and Mansfield experts.

Causes of Refrigerator Leaks

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Causes of Refrigerator Leaks

Maybe your water alarm alerted you, maybe you see a puddle or some dripping, or maybe you see some signs of water damage (corrosion, water stains, etc.). Once you’ve discovered a leak, consider the possible causes.

Blocked defroster. A blocked defroster can stop defrost-cycle water from draining properly. Try clearing out the small drain by pouring hot water into it. Remove any debris with a pipe cleaner.

Drain pan. Sometimes the drain pan itself can leak. Check for cracks.

Filter. Refrigerators with filters can leak if the filter is the wrong size or not installed properly.

Water line. This is potentially the most problematic. Refrigerators with ice makers or water dispensers have water lines running between the main water supply and the back of the fridge. Feel to see if the water line is wet or dripping. Cracked hoses and loose connections are often the culprit.

Refrigerator leaks can damage the flooring and cabinets in your kitchen.  If you experience a refrigerator leak, please contact us right away to treat and help to prevent any further damage.

Source: https://www.erplumbing.com

What Secondary Damage can occur after water damage in your home or commercial building?

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

What Secondary Damage can occur after water damage in your home or commercial building? 

After water leaks or flood damage, if not properly dried and treated, a home or business can develop mold from the moisture left on: wood, tile, carpeting, windows, concrete, and/or other materials/items that were affected.  SERVPRO of Taunton and Mansfield strives to prevent secondary damage every time we remediate water damage. Building material and flooring are dried and treated to prevent mold and other allergens/contaminates using specialized equipment and cleaning products.

If water damage is not properly treated, the perfect environment is created for mold spores to grow in your home and to contaminate the air that is breathed.

Should you ever suffer water damage due to: a water heater leak, sink overflow, fire, refrigerator leak, excessive rain, storm damage, leaky roof, flood damage, or any other reason water has invaded your home or business, please know that SERVPRO of Taunton and Mansfield is here to help.  Faster to Any Disaster

Here to Help After A Fire Damage| SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Here to Help After A Fire Damage| SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, the best professional fire and smoke damage restoration in Bristol County. We are always here to help!

In the Northeast we enjoy long Summer days and beautiful weather especially after the tough winter we all suffered this year with some of the lowest temperatures ever experienced here in the Bristol County Area. And even though we promised not to complain when the thermostat rose above 80 degrees we are because this Summer is abnormally hot, hazy and humid. And with no sign of relief in the forecast many people have turned to keeping their AC units on maximum 24/7 to keep things cool. And unfortunately, that turned into a problem for one Bristol County family. The air conditioning unit was plugged into an extension cord that overloaded the circuits causing the fire damage according to the local Fire Inspector. Luckily no one was in the home when it happened. But the fire caused major smoke damage.  We were called in to clean and we immediately started cleaning the thick, black soot off all the ceilings and walls. The kitchen and bathrooms were all effected too. But the two areas that needed great attention were the carpets and HVAC duct system which can lead to secondary odor source after a fire damage at your property.

When carpet cleaning their home and business it’s important to remember that the carpet (and padding) can absorb moisture and serve as a place for biological pollutants (mold and bacteria) to grow. To avoid this from happening make sure not to use too much water during the cleaning process and use commercial grade equipment to extract as much water as possible. If you're not sure how much is too much hire a professional trained (IICRC) person to perform the work. These tips can help protect your property from secondary damage

When we were ready to clean the family’s content we helped them by separating all the salvageable goods from the not salvageable ones which made it easier for the family to claim their lost items. One question that is often asked on jobs such as this one is what the difference is between content and structure. Do you know the difference? If not, here is an easy test. First, imagine you turned your home upside down and shook. Everything that would fall out would be considered content and everything that stayed intact in your home would be considered structure. A good example can be found in the kitchen. The cabinets would still be intact but all the stuff in the cabinets would fall out and be considered content. Equally so, the counters, would be structure and anything set on the counter would be content.

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield helped this family after a fire damage and we can help you too! Call us at 508-824-0200 today.

5 Useful Tips for Fire Damage Restoration|SERVPRO Taunton/Mansfield

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 5 Useful Tips for Fire Damage Restoration|SERVPRO Taunton/Mansfield SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers competent smoke and fire damage restoration by professional workers who possess proper training and experience.

Destruction from fire does not only damage your property, it can be fatal to your health. After a fire occurs, you will most likely need restoration services. If there is extensive damage, contact a professional company for the restoration process. Nonetheless, always contact the authorities first when faced with a fire situation. When the time for fire restoration arises, get in touch with SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield.

To facilitate a smoother restoration process, homeowners can follow these  5 useful tips:

Mend The Smoke Damage Wall

Fires will cause great damage to your paints, wallpaper and even the wall itself. Sometimes, simple soap or bleach with water is effective enough to clean the soot. For thicker soot, you may need to put a little extra elbow grease into scrubbing the walls. If the damage goes deeper, then it may be time to start looking for professional help.

Fix Flooring and Carpet

During a fire, water is abundantly used to put it out. It is a likely scenario that carpets and floors will be soaked after putting out a fire. You may need to remove the carpeting, as it is likely that water has permeated beneath the rug to the flooring. If it soaks into the wood, it may never completely dry when covered up by a rug. This is sure to create even more issues. Hire restoration technicians of SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield for expert rug cleaning or removal. We deliver the best results.

Get Rid of Mold and Mildew

Once the fire is put out, the property must be dried out immediately. Otherwise, the moisture makes it susceptible to Mold and Mildew. If mold goes untreated, it can set in to surfaces in your home including your salvaged belongings. In some cases you can clean it up with bleach and water or a disinfectant spray. If this does not work, don't allow it to spread, making matters worse after a fire. Get mold restoration in Taunton, MA to keep the problem away.

Clean Your Clothes

It is sad when even your clothes are affected or destroyed by a property fire. If clothes are covered in soot, throwing them into the washer will not work. In fact, it may make matters worse due to the oily and expansive nature of soot. Professionals have access to special equipment to remove soot rather than smear it. Local dry cleaners or other equipped professionals can help.

Washing Dishes

Fire can also affect your kitchenware. Dishes need proper cleaning, otherwise you may end up ingesting harsh chemicals. Deal with this by creating a solution of 2 tablespoon of bleach in one gallon of water. Soak your kitchenware in the solution for at least 20 minutes. Afterwards, wash the dishes with soap and rinse with hot water. If they don't seem to be getting properly clean, trust your gut. Throw away permanently fire damaged dishes to avoid gaining health issues. 

There are other steps and preventative measures that can be taken in a fire damage emergency. For more information on our fire damage and water removal service in Mansfield, MA, call at (508) 824-0200.

4 Commercial Cleaning Service|SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 4 Commercial Cleaning Service|SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers the best commercial cleaning services in Taunton and Mansfield.

Everybody loves a clean space. This is especially true and necessary for successful businesses. However, common property issues are deteriorating and unsanitary. This can divert business from coming through your door. Therefore,  they need to be taken care of in a prompt and effective manner. 

Your commercial property may face problems such as water or fire damages and mold growth. To keep your business space in good shape, seek cleaning services to do a thorough job.  Some cleaning jobs include sewage and biohazard cleanup. Still, simple services are available for those who do not have the time. This can be cleaning for air ducts, carpets and furniture. Odor removal is also available. For information on more services, contact SERVPRO of Taunton Mansfield. We offer commercial mold removal, damage restoration and cleaning services.  Four common cleaning services are:

Air Duct Cleaning

Property cleaning is essential to provide a safe, clean, and comfortable environment. Clean air ducts regularly to avoid issues. Dirt and other buildup can become a serious problem if your air ducts go unchecked. Not to mention, regular cleaning will make you aware of any crack or gaps. This can cause moisture in you air vents, allowing mold spore to form. Air duct cleaning can be a hectic burden, costing you money effort and time. However, you can choose to spend only money, and let the professionals handle it.

Odor Removal

Odor in houses can come from a number of places. A common source is mold and mildew caused by flooding or leakages. Another reason may be lack of airflow from areas such as a basement. It can seem like you've done everything to get rid of the smell, but have little results. That is when you contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield. They offer to mold restoration for productive odor removal results.

Sewage and Biohazard Cleaning

Another cause of odor may be from a sewage or black water overflow. This can be caused by sewer or plumbing back up, river flooding, and other dirty water overflow. Sewage clean-up is effective for removing the debris and the nasty smell. For commercial places, this is something that needs to be taken care of immediately. Otherwise, a company could lose business. In such cases, do not try to take care of the issue alone. Contact a company offering water removal service in Mansfield MA. Skilled and experienced restoration technicians will fix problem as soon as possible.

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning

Carpets and upholstery act as the filter to trap dust. They become loaded with dirt and bacteria If not cleaned often. this is a health hazard as it is a common cause for infection. If you want a fresh and clean property, then regular carpet and upholstery services are for you.

These were some of the common commercial cleaning services necessary for your property. Timely maintenance and service are essential both commercial and residential properties.

For more info related to the commercial services, call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200.

What You’re Able to Do Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What You’re Able to Do Before Fire Restoration Help Arrives SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a leader in fire, smoke, water, storm and mold damage restoration of residential or commercial disasters.

Learning that you’ve been affected by a home fire is devastating. The good news is, if you hire a professional, much of the damage can be mitigated through restoration.

Working with a professional has several benefits—they will work with your homeowner’s insurance company on your behalf, and they will also be able to salvage more items in the cleanup. However, it’s natural to want to do what you can to get started as you’re waiting for help to arrive.

While some things should always be left to the professionals, there are a few things you can do while you wait. If you decide you’d like to start on fire restoration ASAP, here are three things you can safely do:

Increased Ventilation

If weather allows, open windows and doors to reduce the smoky smell, and let them remain open as long as possible. While the restoration team will bring industrial-grade equipment to aid this process once they arrive, this is a small step you can take toward helping the process along.

Laundry

Starting laundry right away is a great way to help the cleanup process. Most things will have to be washed several times, so washing any clothing, bedding or other machine washable materials with an alkaline cleaner or vinegar solution is a great place to start. Leave delicate fabrics, upholstery and curtains to professional care.

Preliminary Cleaning

Non-porous surfaces such as tile and countertops can benefit from a scrub with soap and water to cut through the outermost layer of grime. Use a mild dish soap or alkaline cleaner to begin, and let the professionals handle the usage of anything more heavy-duty. Cleaning improperly can result in more severe and possibly permanent damage to your surfaces, so anything you’re unsure about should be left to the pros.

SERVPRO® has a team of trained professionals that can help your life get back to normal, faster in the event of a home fire.

Carpet Cleaning’s Benefits for Your Home After a Water Damage

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Carpet Cleaning’s Benefits for Your Home After a Water Damage SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield Carpet Cleaning

Most homeowners assume that vacuuming will suffice to clean their carpets, meaning a professional cleaning is rarely on the list of regular chores. Unfortunately, vacuuming doesn’t clean as well as many assume it does.

Not only do carpet companies typically require regular cleaning to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty, but there are several other reasons why carpet cleaning is a wise choice. By enhancing air quality, exterminating bugs and mites and extending the life of the carpet, professional cleaning is a smart choice for any homeowner looking to have clean and well-maintained floors. And if your home or business has suffered a water damage or a septic backup it is critical for the carpets to be cleaned even if its an area not directly affected by the damage itself. Learn more about how water damage can affect your carpets.

Still not convinced? Here are some ways that carpet cleaning can be beneficial:

Improve indoor air. All carpet holds on to dirt, but more dangerous pollutants and bacteria also lurk within the fibers. Contaminants from the outside air are let in every time doors and windows are opened. Since vacuuming only handles surface-level debris, the other pollutants stick around to degrade indoor air quality until they’re professionally removed.

Have easier floor maintenance. While vacuuming serves as a surface-level solution to a deeper carpet problem, the two can coexist well! Vacuuming regularly cleaned carpets will actually be easier because the heavy-duty dirt and debris have already been eradicated.

Remove mites and bugs. Just as with other soft surfaces in the home, mites and bugs can quickly take up residence within plush carpet fibers. A thorough cleaning will make the carpet an inhospitable living environment for the critters and maintaining a regular schedule will prevent them from coming back.

Extend your carpet’s life. Many homeowners replace carpet that looks “tired,” but sometimes that look just comes from being too dirty for too long. Dirt serves as sandpaper to the delicate carpet fibers, becoming more deeply embedded and shortening the lifespan every time dirty carpet is walked on.

Remove bacteria and odor left behind after a water damage.

Even if the water damaged didn’t happen in the room where the carpeting is doesn’t mean it wasn’t affected. The foot traffic of everyone who enters the property from the homeowners, adjuster and even the crew assisting with the cleanup are inviable tracking potential bacteria from the affected portion of the property to the unaffected part. Carpet cleaning after using sanitizing and disinfecting treatments can help reduce the bacteria and restore the life of your carpet. 

If you’re still unsure about carpet cleaning, our SERVPRO team of professionals is happy to help you learn why carpet cleaning can be a good choice for your home!

Effective Tips on Mold Remediation of Basements

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Effective Tips on Mold Remediation of Basements SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers the best mold remediation in Taunton & Mansfield. Bristol County residents will no longer have to worry about mold

Mold Eradication Techniques for Basements

Mold is an icky black greenish stuff that can’t be ignored as it deteriorates the look of a house. It also causes health concern to the residents. The availability of moisture, lack of ventilation is a favorable situation that accelerates the growth of mold. The mold removal is necessary to maintain the beauty of a property. If you are worried about removal process, get the services related to mold restoration through hands of expert and skilled restoration technicians.

Mold growth is largely seen in basements due to lack of proper ventilation. The following are some ways to get rid of mold from basement and concrete walls:

Keep Moisture in Check

Mold happens due to favorable conditions which helps spores to grow and spread across the property. One major factor that plays an important role in creating moisture is the lack of ventilation. So, it is necessary to control moisture percentage on your premises if you want to remove mold. The best way is to open windows or passages for air flow throughout the basement. Open the doors and windows of your house so that air can circulate within. Fix water leakages, if any, as mold grows in damp places within 24 to 48 hours. Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners to lower moisture. If you do not have proper ventilation, you’re inviting mold.

Precautions to Be Taken

Since prevention is better than cure, adopting preventive measures can save your home from the harm caused by mold. While you’re in the removal process, wear protective gloves. If you are going to use bleach, wear a respirator mask or dust mask to protect yourself from breathing in mold particles which may have become airborne. Is your commercial property affected by mold? Contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield for effective residential and commercial mold removal.

Steps for Effective Removal

  • Inspect & Prepare the Area

While looking at the area, especially talking about basement, you may see black, white or bluish patches on the wall. If it is left unchecked, it can spread to surrounding organic materials that includes carpeting, cardboard boxes, etc. For proper removal or treatment of mold, firstly remove the belongings away from the wall. This will give enough space to start the removal process and end it in desired results.

  • Always Go for Scrubbing

You can find many products available in a market to remediate mold. Bleach is one of these, which is easily available and used for the removal process. One-part bleach and three-part water solution is used to remove mold accompanied by scrubbing using a sponge or a scrub brush. At times, you will have to leave the solution for a while before scrubbing. If this looks tough, the get professional mold remediation.

Tips for Effective Results

Always ensure there is proper air circulation in your house, especially if you live in an area with humid climate. Buy a humidifier for the basement to keep it moist-free. Also, keep a look out for any possible leaks in the plumbing in the basement. If you are going to paint your basement after mold removal, make sure that you use a mold-resistant paint for effective results.

For more info on mold remediation, call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200.

7 Pointers on Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 7 Pointers on Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers competent smoke & fire damage handled by professionals who have been trained and experienced in fire challenges.

7 Steps for Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration

Life is unpredictable. You have no idea that what’s coming next? One should be careful and alert to the surroundings. Fire damage is an incident that can be fatal and/or destroy property to some extent. In some extreme cases, whole houses are burned down. After that damage, its restoration process is the second thing that comes to mind of any homeowner. During fire, the concerned authorities should be called first to help you out in fire extinguishing. Once that is settled, you can get in touch with SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield that offers fire restoration.

These are some of the steps we’ll take to stop smoke and fire damage restoration:

  • As mentioned above, contact a competent and professional restoration company to get a quick response. This is absolutely necessary because the longer you let the smoke or soot sit, the harder it will become to remove and remediate it.
  • A SERVPRO professional will monitor your house. Check the places to see damage in order to create a plan of action required for the restoration. Secondly, the person undertaking this task (estimator) will also work with your concerned insurance company to evaluate the loss.
  • The restoration technicians of SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield will swoop in with all the necessary equipment. They will box up all things such as clothing, dishes etc. to save them. Many of the items can be saved through special cleaning and restoration procedure. The things that require quick cleaning or the ones you are sentimentally attached to should be cleaned and saved first.
  • The procedure of cleaning starts with removing carpets, other porous material, scrubbing down walls with special solutions to remove odor and soot. We will wipe every single surface to have effective cleaning and removal. Sometimes, cabinets have to be removed to clean behind walls.
  • Mold problem and water outburst is an issue that must be considered and addressed during the cleanup process. Get mold restoration in Taunton, MA to keep the nasty stuff away from your homes.
  • After smoke damage, odor persists. To address this, proper procedures are adapted to remove the smell. If not done properly, the smell will reappear once the climate, moisture or environment changes.
  • Your belongings are safely returned once proper cleaning has been completed, so that you may start your daily routines again. All things are packed according to your house so that you can easily get back to unpacking and settling in to your old life.

For more information on our fire damage and water removal service in Mansfield, MA, call at (508) 824-0200.

A List of Useful Tips on Black Mold Remediation

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage A List of Useful Tips on Black Mold Remediation SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a leading name in black mold restoration in the areas of Taunton, MA and Mansfield, MA and other areas on Cape Cod.

When storms or floods hit the Taunton area, SERVPRO will be here to help!

All at once the skies open up and it seems like the rain won’t stop! Sounds like a scene out of a movie but seriously summertime is a common time when crazy storms brew in the Atlantic Ocean bringing wind and rain to the Bristol County area of Massachusetts.  When it rains more than the ground can filter the water is when flooding occurs. The excess of water through the ground, cracks in your foundation or your gutters or roof can cause water damage inside your property and becomes the primary reason for mold growth in sometimes as quick as 72 hours. This is when you rely on hiring a competent mold remediation professionals from leading companies such as SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield.

Here’s a list of ways to prepare and prevent water and mold at your residential or commercial property:

Presence of Storm and Flooding Conditions

There are numerous factors that lead to flooding in your area. You will notice that the rivers and streams will have a high-water table and may even be overflowing the river’s bank. The streets in your neighborhood will become flooded too. It’s only a matter of time until the properties are affected by the heavy rains and flooding conditions. The main reasons are the presence of ideal temperatures and the right amount of moisture in the air that cause such storms.

Useful Tips for Flood Prevention

One of the most effective ways to prevent flooding is with excavating practices. Making sure the grade of the earth that surrounds your property is done to move the water away from your foundation. Cleaning gutters is always on the top of the list too as they can fill up and cause the water to back up into the property. Lastly, removing any trees that could directly hit your roof exposing your property to the outside elements. If you’re looking for help with fixing a water damage and preventing mold problems, get the help of professional water damage restoration companies who will eliminate any and all causes before mold becomes a problem for you.

How to Recover from a Storm

Hiring SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield can help you recover from a storm or flooding at your property with making one phone call. From the emergency service to stop damage to rebuilding or repairing your property we can do it all. Being onsite within an hour is critical to immediately stop secondary damage to the other parts of your property that were not affected by the damage. By extracting any standing water and removing anything that is dangerous like fallen ceilings the situation is under control. You might need other services and even help with your claims process. This is the case especially if the storm has affected a lot of people in the area, you want to make sure you and your property are a priority. It’s also a good idea to know the cost of repairs or the replacement of your things prior to an insurance adjuster arriving on scene. SERVPRO offers the best and the most effective storm damage solutions for both residential and commercial properties.

For more information on our competent storm and flooding cleanup, feel free to call us at (508) 824-0200.

Hurricane Season

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Season SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is here to help with your storm damage restoration, call us at 508-824-0200.

Preparing for a Storm in the Bristol County Area

If a catastrophic storm was reported in the area would you be ready? Preparation is a key component for making it through any size emergency, whether it’s a small storm or a category five hurricane. The best time for planning for such events is before the report hits the airwaves. Most of us don’t plan for a tragedy, but the fact is you can do just that. As the 2018 hurricane season begins, June 1- November 30th, take the time to ask yourself, would we be ready?

How to Start an Emergency Plan

By developing an Emergency Ready Profile for your business and home you minimize interruption to your life with an action plan to guide you through the storm damage. Sometimes the difference is knowing what to do if it is needed.  Your family and employees will thank you for having a plan that gives them peace of mind. This types of plans are easily available online at American Red Cross and on ready.gov. However sometimes these plans can seem daunting to do by yourself. That’s when a local restoration company like SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield comes in handy. We can walk you through the different steps of setting up an Emergency Ready Profile for their home or business (and its free). 

Beth Russell, Co-Owner at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, can help you through this process. Beth has years of experience and can help you make a plan and get informed so you can be ready at no cost. A concise plan that contains only the critical information needed in the event of a storm only takes minutes and can help reduce the amount of time your business is closed helping you to recover financially sound. This can reduce stress, worry and money while identifying who’s in charge of the different responsibilities.

If a category 5 hurricane hits the area this Summer, it’s important to know a company who you could call for help. Though it is a scary thought, imagine that everyone on your street needed service all at the same time, don’t you want to be at the top of the list?  Being a established customer with a reputable local company helps to do just that.

5 Must Haves in an Emergency Plan

  • The supplies such as a radio and flashlight must have at least a three-day supply of batteries and all devices such as iPad and phones are fully charged
  • All-important contacts must be documented somewhere you can access easily such as doctor, insurance carrier, and bank including how you would communicate with each one; phone number and email address
  • Make sure there is an emergency plan in place where you and your family spend time; home, work, school or daycare
  • Have a minimum three-day supply kit including blankets, food, water and any necessary medicines (make sure to include these items for any pets)
  • A list of all family members including their date of birth, social security number and medical information

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers the best storm damage restoration for home and business owners. Give us a call at (508) 824-0200 if you need help after a storm.

Useful Tips on Storm Damage Restoration

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Useful Tips on Storm Damage Restoration SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers the most effective storm damage remediation for all the residents of Taunton, Mansfield & various Cape Cod towns.

What to Do After a Severe Storm Hits Your Property

In New England, the northeaster storms are a recurring event which leave behind a devastating damage. This includes property damage on both commercial and residential properties of residents in the Greater Bristol County Area including Taunton and Mansfield, MA. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, with its disaster team, is always ready to help you out with any and all kinds of storm damage restoration. Our team of professional, skilled and competent crew is trained to handle your property proficiently and deliver the best and desired results to you. We understand that storm damage can become a cause for water, mold and even fire damage. Don’t worry, we offer all the services needed to recover under our company’s umbrella and we’re ready to restore your property so effectively that the damage will seem ‘like it never even happened’.

Here’s a list of useful tips for properly inspecting and restoring storm damage at your house or commercial premises:

Useful Tips on Inspection and Immediate Restoration  

First and foremost, keep in mind that if you have been evacuated don’t take the chance and stay at your property to handle protecting efforts on your own during the storm. Always wait for the official authorities’ clearance call before getting out of your safety area. Once you have the green signal, only then invest your time and effort in inspecting and making initial restoration. We advise that you call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield before taking any action. Our professionals will guide you through what needs to be done till they reach your property.

Here’s a list of things you can do:

  • Carefully inspect the house/office all over. Visit every corner of the property. Note down the intensity of damage. You may also take pictures to use for insurance. But keep in mind that you should steer clear of any and all areas that seem unsafe in any aspect.
  • Do not walk into rooms or spaces that may have exposed electrical wiring, especially if that area is flooded with water. Ensure that you’ve switched off the electricity from the main switch before walking into your property. Do not walk into dark areas without proper lighting.
  • Do not touch, move or remove heavy items such as floored carpets, sofas, armchairs, furniture, appliances, etc. Most of these will pose a safety threat because of being extremely heavy due to water absorption. Do not touch any electrical appliances.
  • Take pictures of damaged and affected areas from a safe distance. Do not walk into, under, onto, or over dangerous spaces such as stairs, attics, basements, balconies, etc. Any place that creaks noisily has to be avoided at all costs as it may cause physical damage to you.
  • You may however bring out small items such as valuables, pieces of art, expensive decorative items, etc. into an open dry space and let the excess water evaporate under the sun. This will help in the water damage restoration process of our professional crew.
  • For books, magazines, etc., it is better to let them stay where they are if they are inside shelves, cabinets, desks, etc. If you pull them out, it may distort and damage the books. However, ensure that you pull out valuable documents and keep them dry and safe.
  • Do not try to work on the plumbing, heating, cooling, ventilation and electrical network within your home. What you’re about to do may seem like a small act in your favor, but it may become the cause of damaging your property on a large scale, not to mention the safety risks involved.
  • Once you have taken care of everything that you can do, wait for our professional crew to show up. Let them do their job and with your coordination and cooperation, they will restore your property back to its former glory. We always deliver the best solutions and results to our clients.
  • Storms can even cause fires which means that you will have to look into fire and smoke damage restoration Avoid using candles if possible. We advise that you stay away from open circuits, electrical wires, switches, plugs and the likes. It is never safe to handle such situations on your own.
  • If the water from the storm is left to sink in, it will eventually lead to mold growth. Mold damage restoration by our experienced crew will ensure that all sources of excess water are repaired so as to lower the unwanted moisture content back to normal levels.

Always remember that professionals who have been effectively dealing with storm damage of all shapes and sizes for years will definitely know how to handle it more efficiently than inexperienced and unskilled crew. So always invest your money and time in leading companies that have years of experience, such as SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield.

For further queries, call us at (508) 824-0200.

A List of Useful Tips on Black Mold Remediation

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A List of Useful Tips on Black Mold Remediation SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a leading name in black mold restoration in the areas of Taunton, MA and Mansfield, MA and other areas on Cape Cod.

A List of Ways to Remediate Black Mold at Your Property

Have you ever noticed a black tainted or spotted area in the corners of your rooms and spaces? If it gives off a musty, mildew odor, it is surely black mold. Not only is it an aesthetic nuisance, but it may also become the cause of health concerns in the occupants of your property. This growth gradually deteriorates your property and it can become dangerous if its spores are dispersed in the air. This is when you have to hire competent mold remediation professionals from leading companies such as SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield. The most common places to find this culprit is in high-moisture areas such as your bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, etc. The excess of water, be it through damaged/leaky pipes or through storm damage, becomes the primary reason for its growth.

Here’s a list of ways to remediate black mold at your residential or commercial property:

Presence of Mold in Kitchens or Bathrooms

There are numerous factors that lead to the growth of black mold in kitchens and bathrooms. The main reasons are the presence of ideal temperature and the right amount of moisture, both of which trigger the growth of black mold. One of the most effective ways to remediate it is to ensure proper ventilation through the property. If there is a proper flow of air through the various rooms, the moisture will dry out and not become a breeding ground for unwanted mold. If you’re looking for a way out of the mold problem, get the help of professional water damage restoration companies who will eliminate any and all causes before mold becomes a problem for you.

Useful Tips for Mold Prevention

If you’re facing black mold problem, you can do the following to restore the damage done by it:

  • Always use glasses, gloves, masks, and other protective safety gear before handling black mold. The mold spores and chemical fumes can be hazardous.
  • Ensure proper containment and keep the affected area dry. Never use exhaust fans in the area effected, to maintain the temperature and low humidity use dehumidifiers or heaters. Choose depending on your local climate, area being treated and season.
  • Always cover the surrounding immovable surfaces before cleaning and removing the mold. If there is furniture present, move it aside before remediating mold.
  • Inspect and clean the vents, airducts, HVAC ducts, etc. in a thorough and meticulous manner. These spaces are highly prone to mold damage because of presence of high moisture content.
  • In the local market, you will be able to find effective cleaning agents and liquids that will help you in the removal process. However, only use DIY methods if the area is smaller than 5 square feet.
  • For large affected areas, get in touch with SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield as we offer the best and the most effective mold remediation solutions for residential and commercial properties.
  • There are many DIY homemade solutions that you can opt for when removing mold from small affected areas. These include tea tree oil, distilled white vinegar, grapefruit seed extract, etc. all of which are anti-fungal.
  • The chemicals that you can utilize for removal are borax, ammonia, bleach and hydrogen peroxide. Please keep in mind that these chemicals are effective but toxic. Do not use them without proper instruction and supervision.

These tips are useful only when the black mold hasn’t exceeded an area of 5 square feet. If the mold problem is larger than this or hidden behind cabinets, under countertops, in the vents, or any other inaccessible areas, it is better that you call in professionals.

For more information on our competent black mold remediation, feel free to call us at (508) 824-0200.

What to Consider When Hiring Commercial Restoration Services

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What to Consider When Hiring Commercial Restoration Services SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a leader in the most effective professional commercial restoration services for business in Taunton and Mansfield.

Key Benefits of Hiring Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services 

What makes SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield an ideal restoration service for your fire-damaged residential or commercial property? Because our professionals have been efficiently and professionally handling such incidents for years now. We do the simple calculation that fire equals soot and smoke damage, firefighting equals water damage, and if not restored timely, water damage equals mold. For all these steps, we are prepared with the latest equipment from the industry as well as the best practices undertaken for productive results. Our services for fire, water and mold restoration will inspect, assess, clean up and restore every corner of your property while ensuring that everything is handled within a quick timeframe. From apartment mitigation to basement renovation, and from fire damage restoration to cleaning up your property; we do it all!

Effectively Avoid a Fire Hazard

There is a very long list of causes that may spark a fire within your residential or commercial property. But here’s a list of how to avoid these:

  • First and foremost, ensure that all the electrical wiring and system is in check and properly handled to avoid any short-circuiting or sparking.
  • Next, make sure that all gas connections, outlets, and stoves are properly shut at the end of every usage, be it at home or at your restaurant.
  • Keep a safe distance between the cooking fire and inflammable materials such fabrics, wood, paper, etc.
  • Remind everyone at home or at your business place to cap any and all unsupervised flames when not in use.
  • Do not let anyone smoke near inflammable materials, and if it is absolutely unavoidable, designate a safe area of smoking.
  • Switch off any and all unused electrical plugs and outlets so as to avoid any power surges or sparking.
  • Do not keep matches, lighters, flints, fuel, etc. within reach of children. Always lock it up within a safe box.
  • Always check the electrical requirements of any appliance, machinery, equipment, etc. before plugging it in. Use necessary safety precautions.
  • Do not let water, electricity and fire mix up anywhere within your residential property or commercial setting.
  • When indulging in cooking, make sure that you use cork or wooden mats so as to avoid placing hot pans or pots directly onto fabric.
  • Keep fully-functional fire extinguishers at all safety points assigned within your property.
  • Train everyone at your home/workplace on fire safety, guidelines, and instructions including fire escape, notifying authorities, etc.

Hire Pros for Fire Damage Remediation

It is a most unfortunate event when a family or a business has to face loss as a result of a fire incident. We, at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, understand that every matter has to be dealt with carefully and professionally. Once the firefighting authority has given you a green signal that all is safe, you may contact our fire damage restoration services. We swoop in, assess the property damage, and help you in getting your home or business back on track. Since fire leaves behind a lot of soot and residue, we ensure that all that is cleaned up effectively. Also, any amount of firefighting will considerably put your property underwater damage. Worry not, as our water cleanup and restoration services will make sure that once we’re done with your home/workplace, it is new and improved ‘like it never even happened’.

For more information on our fire damage restoration service, get in touch with us at the 24/7 emergency helpline at (508) 824-0200.

How Do Professional Commercial Restoration Services Stand Out

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Do Professional Commercial Restoration Services Stand Out SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a leader in the most effective professional commercial restoration services for business in Taunton and Mansfield.

Key Benefits of Hiring Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services 

What makes SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield an ideal restoration service for your fire-damaged residential or commercial property? Because our professionals have been efficiently and professionally handling such incidents for years now. We do the simple calculation that fire equals soot and smoke damage, firefighting equals water damage, and if not restored timely, water damage equals mold. For all these steps, we are prepared with the latest equipment from the industry as well as the best practices undertaken for productive results. Our services for fire, water and mold restoration will inspect, assess, clean up and restore every corner of your property while ensuring that everything is handled within a quick timeframe. From apartment mitigation to basement renovation, and from fire damage restoration to cleaning up your property; we do it all!

Effectively Avoid a Fire Hazard

There is a very long list of causes that may spark a fire within your residential or commercial property. But here’s a list of how to avoid these:

  • First and foremost, ensure that all the electrical wiring and system is in check and properly handled to avoid any short-circuiting or sparking.
  • Next, make sure that all gas connections, outlets, and stoves are properly shut at the end of every usage, be it at home or at your restaurant.
  • Keep a safe distance between the cooking fire and inflammable materials such fabrics, wood, paper, etc.
  • Remind everyone at home or at your business place to cap any and all unsupervised flames when not in use.
  • Do not let anyone smoke near inflammable materials, and if it is absolutely unavoidable, designate a safe area of smoking.
  • Switch off any and all unused electrical plugs and outlets so as to avoid any power surges or sparking.
  • Do not keep matches, lighters, flints, fuel, etc. within reach of children. Always lock it up within a safe box.
  • Always check the electrical requirements of any appliance, machinery, equipment, etc. before plugging it in. Use necessary safety precautions.
  • Do not let water, electricity and fire mix up anywhere within your residential property or commercial setting.
  • When indulging in cooking, make sure that you use cork or wooden mats so as to avoid placing hot pans or pots directly onto fabric.
  • Keep fully-functional fire extinguishers at all safety points assigned within your property.
  • Train everyone at your home/workplace on fire safety, guidelines and instructions including fire escape, notifying authorities, etc.

Hire Pros for Fire Damage Remediation

It is a most unfortunate event when a family or a business has to face loss as a result of a fire incident. We, at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, understand that every matter has to be dealt with carefully and professionally. Once the firefighting authority has given you a green signal that all is safe, you may contact our fire damage restoration services. We swoop in, assess the property damage, and help you in getting your home or business back on track. Since fire leaves behind a lot of soot and residue, we ensure that all that is cleaned up effectively. Also, any amount of firefighting will considerably put your property underwater damage. Worry not, as our water cleanup and restoration services will make sure that once we’re done with your home/workplace, it is new and improved ‘like it never even happened’.

For more information on our fire damage restoration service, get in touch with us at the 24/7 emergency helpline at (508) 824-0200.

5 Guiding Steps for Mold Remediation after a Storm

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 5 Guiding Steps for Mold Remediation after a Storm SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield delivers the best services in Taunton & Mansfield, MA in term of storm damage remediation for any and all size disasters.

If your property has experienced a water damage due to a storm whether it is ground water intrusion, sump pump failure or roof leak if it goes untreated you have a greater chance of having mold. Mold is a fungus that breeds on moisture. Mold development in the different areas of a house gives a disturbing odor that is musty which is the warning that your home or business’s air quality may not be healthy. Growing mold is considered a very dreadful situation for all homeowners. The bathrooms, walls, ceiling, kitchen cabinets and wardrobe are some of the significant places that get occupied by mold. In the recent event of nor ‘east storm Skylar, Riley and cyclone bomb. The towns of Taunton/Mansfield effected by the storm followed by strong winds, snow and flooding include Taunton, Raynham, Norton, Easton, Mansfield, Berkley, Rehoboth, Dighton, Seekonk, and Swansea. We all are aware of the fact that water plays a significant role in spore growth. For effective storm damage remediation, we have listed five steps that should be followed for basic processes for quick mold remediation:

Evaluate the Moisture Content

Assessing mold growth is not limited to what we see with our eyes, you need to give a thorough look on the walls as well in the corners. First, you need to understand the reason behind all mold growth. Water or moisture problem due to flooding caused by storm or leakages is a primary reason for mold buildup. The ultimate goal lies in identifying moisture source and locating all other location with mold presence.

Have a Proper Remediation Plan

Next comes the remediation plan. Before you start it, it is recommended to document the mold situation with photos which is part of our service. This will help the restoration team and will be useful in your insurance claim. These documents will assist in developing a remediation plan, which typically answers the questions related to work startup time, work completion time, any testing that should be done, or will homeowners be temporarily relocated all things come mentioned in this document.

Assess Extent of Contamination

Mold growth is not restricted to certain places.  So, calculating the extent of contamination is very significant. This will decide how water removal and cleanup will take place. The goal of mold remediation is to clean mold growing within the home and to prevent residents from the exposure to mold.

Effective Mold Remediation

The care of the residents and the workers are a top priority during mold remediation. The procedure will also prevent new growth by addressing the moisture source which will be based on your calculation of the contaminated area. This procedure is further divided into the following steps:

  • Repair any and all water system problems
  • Isolate the contaminate area
  • Remove any and all soggy materials
  • Properly discard mold/wet materials in plastic bags
  • Effectively clean porous/wood surfaces damaged by mold
  • Clean all surfaces and areas along egress
  • Properly inspect the area to be completely positive you got all areas
  • Dry any and all textiles/materials out in the sun
  • Replace whatever is damaged beyond repair

Successful Professional Cleanup

At the end, we need to be sure that our cleanup efforts have been successful. According to EPA guidelines look for the following points:

  • Revisit the entire house and verify that there is no lingering moisture problem remaining in the property.
  • Inspect for signs of visible and hidden mold and check other furniture and surfaces for spore remnants.
  • The house/office should be ready for reoccupation without any health hazards.
  • As per the mold problem in the house/office, ensure proper testing so the property is fit for living.

Mold Removal after Storm

Storms naturally create many situations that encourage mold growth. It may occur due to flooding, leakages or blockages in the pipes. So, it will be better to be efficient regarding inspection of pipes before the storm to avoid any unfavorable consequences. If you’re facing such a problem, it will be better to call in professional remediators for effective removal of mold.

If you have any more questions regarding storm, water and mold damage, contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200.

10 Essential Tips for Effectively Reducing Property Storm Damage

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 10 Essential Tips for Effectively Reducing Property Storm Damage SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield a crew of skilled, experienced, trained and licensed storm damage remediation crew that offer professional services.

A storm can only be forecasted in advance, but the damage caused by it can never be estimated beforehand. Before a storm hits an area, it is always advised that you be prepared for the worst and hope for the best to happen. Recently, Skylar, Riley and Cyclone Bomb devastated far and wide in the Bristol County area. From Raynham to Norton, Taunton to Easton, Mansfield to Berkley, Rehoboth to Dighton, and Seekonk to Swansea; everywhere was hit hard and properties were left damaged in the wake. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is always dedicated to serving its community. We deliver the best storm, water and mold remediation to homeowners and offices to restore your damaged property to "Like it never even happened."

Here, we offer ten very useful tips to minimalize storm damage at your property:

Follow Official Storm Warnings

Once the concerned authorities have issued a storm warning, make sure you know where all family members and loved ones are and relocate if needed to a safe location within your house, shelter or a location that will not be effected by the storm. If the warning is higher, evacuation is strongly suggested for safety. Do not try to drive the roads sightseeing the scenery or repair any property damage once the storm hits.

Check Water Inlets/Outlets

Make sure that all inlets and outlets of the water/drain system are open and not clogged. Storms bring in debris, dirt, and garbage which can easily block the gutters and drains, causing water to pool in or flood into significant areas of your house/office. Seek competent water damage services.

Inspect Water Pipes

In winter, ensure that all hot water tanks and pipes are insulated properly to prevent them from freezing. In summer, keep all release points free of any and all obstructions. Maintain a regular checkup, before and after a storm.

Trim Risky/Damaged Foliage

Keep the trees in your yard in check. Make sure that there are no dangling branches which may be risky or dangerous during the high and strong winds of a storm. Any breakage could damage roofs, windows, and walls.

Secure All Fences

White picket fences or any other decorative fences may not be strong enough to survive through a storm. Even if you have a metal mesh fencing, always check that the fence is securely grounded, otherwise remove it completely.

Check Property Roofing

If you have shingles, roof insulations, roof tiles, decorative roofing, keep a detailed check on any areas that might be chipping off or breaking. Any loose fragments in the roofing will break, fall and damage the house.

Store Outdoor Furniture

Garden furniture, patio furniture, deck furniture, decorative gnomes, tables, etc., basically anything which is not tied down or fastened into the ground, remove it and store it in the shed, garage or basement.

Maintain Water Temperature

Depending on the seasons, there is always a recommended maintenance temperature for pipes, boilers, water systems, etc. This is to ensure that the water does not freeze or heat up enough to a steam. Follow the recommended guidelines.

Revisit Home Insurance

The most important thing to do before and after a storm is to check your home insurance. Much of the damage done to your property may be covered by the insurance. Get professional help to assess what you can get help with.

Professional Mold Remediation

Mold growth is one of the most visible outcomes of storm damage to the property. Since there is too much influx of water in all the gutters, pipes, downspouts, etc., there is bound to be pooling of water at some place. If this water is left as it is, it will surely become the breeding ground for mold. After a storm, we recommend that you get professional mold remediation service to inspect, assess and treat your property.

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers the best storm damage restoration for homeowners as well as business owners. If you’re facing issues due to storm, water and mold damage, give us a call at (508) 824-0200.

How to Cleanup Sewage Backup?

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard How to Cleanup Sewage Backup? SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers the most professional & effective sewage cleanup for commercial and residential properties in Taunton & Mansfield.

Raw sewage backed up into your home or office can be a critical problem and can pose a serious threat to your health and property. Don't consider this as an easy cleanup; sewage carries all kinds of virus and bacteria which can become a reason behind various serious illnesses. If you are going to deal with sewage, it is important that you first wear protective clothing, gloves on your hands, goggles for your eyes and a respirator for breathing. Secondly, when removing items that are contaminated by sewage, dispose of them in accordance with your local city or state regulations.

Properly designated areas are present to dispose of carpeting, padding and other items in a local landfill, but sewage needs to be disposed of in a sanitary sewer system. You should never do it anywhere other than the designated area as it can become a health hazard for others and you will be penalized by the concerned authorities.

Following are some points that need to be kept in mind for cleanup sewage backup:

  • Remove all standing sewage from the flooring, bathtubs, or shower by using a vacuum system that has a filtration device to catch items that you would normally put in a toilet. If not handled properly, these items will become the reason for clog. Avoid using a regular floor vacuum cleaner for sewage cleanup at all costs. Waste that can be salvaged should be stored for later cleaning.
  • It is better to remove all wet carpeting, baseboards, drywall, wood flooring, vinyl flooring and throw them away. Water makes its way under your flooring and into the walls. As we are dealing with sewage-contaminated water, all materials that have come in contact with it must be removed and thrown out instead of just cleaning. Keep this fact in mind, sewage water is highly prone to mold growth due to a high level of contamination. Therefore, porous material such as carpet or wood flooring in the house will hold up bacteria’s which will later cause unpleasant odors and/or health hazards.
  • Once you are done with disposing of the contaminated materials, you can start with cleaning the remaining structural items such as concrete flooring and wood framework with the help of antimicrobial disinfectants to properly clean all affected areas. Repeat the cleaning process twice or thrice, just to be safe and for better results.
  • After the cleaning procedure has been completed and the affected areas are completely disinfected and sanitized, a thorough dry-out of all exposed framework and flooring is essential using dehumidifiers and air movers. This will rule out the possibility of mold growth. The speed of drying depends on the amount of saturation caused by the backup. It will also depend on the type of drying equipment used for the process to ensure its effectiveness. The average drying time is 3 days for most materials.

These were some important pointers that should be kept in mind. Sometime your insurance policy may cover sewage loss. Hence, it is always better to take pictures of the sewage backup before the cleanup is in order. Show it to the insurance agent to verify if it is covered under your policy or not. For any and all sewage cleanup, you can get in touch with SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield.

For more inquiries, call us at (508) 824-0200.

How Often Should You Clean Your Air Ducts

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning How Often Should You Clean Your Air Ducts SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield provides the best and the most efficient air duct & vent cleaning service in Taunton and Mansfield, MA.

Air ducts are a vital part of your house as they play a significant role in keeping the air quality of your house clean and healthy. These require maintenance and cleaning after a certain period of time to avoid problems related to air quality and health. When was the last time you had your air ducts cleaned? Don’t remember? Your home and indoor air quality could benefit greatly from a professional air duct cleaning.

The following are a few pointers that indicate that it may be time to clean your air ducts:

Mold Growth

Take a closer look at the ductwork and you might identify mold, mildew, slime or other microbial growth within the ducts or in other HVAC system components. Mold can be one of the reasons to cause health concerns as spores are blown away every time the furnace or air-conditioner is turned on. It can make a habitat in the insulation surrounding the air ducts. If you find signs of this, replace the insulation along with getting the ducts cleaned. Looking for professionals to get rid of mold, get in touch with SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield for effective mold restoration.

Signs of Illness/Allergies

If you or a family member experiences unexpected allergies or illnesses, these symptoms could be due to poor indoor air quality. This is often a critical indication that your ducts need to be cleaned before you even examine the ductwork closely. If you’ve tried other methods to eliminate causes for allergies or illness, duct cleaning could just be the only thing left to do.

Water Damage

What is the reason behind ductwork mold? The answer is clearly water and moisture. A colony can easily start growing if water is present within the ductwork. It serves as a breeding ground for mold spores. Similarly, a leaking roof may be the main source of water damaged insulation and in the ductwork located in the attic. For these problems, you not only have to replace moldy insulation but also need to fix the leakage source, otherwise the problem will surely reappear.

Vermin Infestation

One of the many reasons to clean your air ducts is infestation of insect or rodent within. The first indications may include the sound of scamper paws or flapping wings coming from your ducts. If you find droppings, nests or other evidence in your ductwork, clean them up as soon as possible to eradicate the vermin and block the entrance point of your ductwork so pests can’t have passage to enter.

Nasty Odors

Musty, rotten or other offensive odors may swirl around your home if the ductwork has mold growth, an animal carcass or something unpleasant. The trick to freshening up your home is to clean up your air duct.

Restricted Airflow

Comfort problems throughout your home could be due to a number of issues, and restricted airflow caused by debris can be one of these. You won’t know for sure until you send a thorough checking of ducts. You might be shocked to see dust-covered cobwebs blocking airflow as well. This condition is enough to convince you that it’s time to have the ducts cleaned.

Fiberglass Ductwork

Fiberglass ducts gather more contaminants than sheet metal. It also falls apart with the passage of time and leads to gaping holes in your ducts. During an air duct inspection, check the duct material to know whether it needs to be cleaned or replaced entirely.

Excessive Dust

Excessive dust, cobwebs or other debris blowing from the vent is a clear indication that your ducts are dirty and need cleaning. Any delay in this will adversely affect the health of the residents and may even be a reason for serious health concerns.

If you want professionally handled air duct cleaning for your home or office, you can call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200.

Foxboro restaurant calls for an emergency commercial cleaning.

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Foxboro restaurant calls for an emergency commercial cleaning. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is here to help when you need us the most! We specialize in emergency services to get your business back up and running.

Sometimes the property damage isn’t your fault!

Most of the time property damage is caused when someone's  plumbing pipes break or appliances malfunction within your own space. However, this isn't always the case as one Foxboro restaurant owner found out the hard way. Over the weekend, he was called to come down to his restaurant immediately because the fire alarms were going off in his unit.

At first, he was relieved when he got the news that there was no fire damage at his restaurant! As a matter of fact, his unit seemed perfectly fine, or so he thought. Once the fire department inspected all the units they confirmed no fire had occurred.

Instead, they noted that workers next door were jackhammering the concrete floors to install new plumbing and had caused concrete dust to fill the air in the units setting off all the alarms in the complex.

Unfortunately, the inspector had to deliver the bad news to the restaurant owner that his unit too was completely affected by the concrete dust. He told the owner that his unit would need to be cleaned and sanitized before opening for business again. At first, they didn't think much of it, they had cleaned the restaurant many times before, but the inspector told them that they should call a professional company to do the cleaning due to the cause. They explained that the fine concrete dust was everywhere and covered everything in the restaurant right down to the light fixtures and salt and pepper shakers on every table. They didn't know how they were going to get everything cleaned so they could open for business then someone on scene recommended they called SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield.

Within an hour we responded and began the process of cleaning every square inch of the restaurant. We were able to give them peace of mind knowing that their restaurant was cleaned and sanitized, so they could get back to doing what they do best, cooking for the neighborhood!

A few days later, I was in the area and stopped by to see how everything was during lunchtime. I was happy to see a full restaurant serving amazing food and thought to myself today is a perfect fall day for some soup. As I sat enjoying a delicious bowl of homemade beef stew and watching the staff and customers converse I realized that this is the reason why we do what we do! Bad things happen to good people sometimes and I am proud to say we have their back when it does!

5 Ways to Build a Better Business Image Through Cleaning

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 5 Ways to Build a Better Business Image Through Cleaning SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers experienced, expert cleanup and restoration technicians who will handle all commercial cleaning services for your

Can A Taunton Business Build A Better Business Image Simply Through Cleanliness?

Every business wants to see their premises neat and clean. Cleanliness is necessary to maintain the aesthetic appeal of the space. The business owners always want to win over their clientele with their impeccable attention to detail. However, this does not happen without due efforts. There are a number of tasks related to cleaning that is undertaken to make your commercial property look better. This includes air ducts and HVAC cleaning, carpet and upholstery cleaning, ceiling and floor cleaning, kitchen cleaning, and most importantly, mold remediation. If you are looking to get these services via a professional company, then you can get in touch with us, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield. Our skilled cleanup crew and restoration technicians will leave your property spick and span!

Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning

All commercial properties have a ventilation system which may be prone to contamination by dust, dirt, etc. if left unchecked. Heating, ventilation, air-conditioning unit (HVAC) may be responsible for the circulation of dust, pollen, odors, dirt and debris and other contaminants if these remain uncleaned for a long period of time. Hence, duct cleaning becomes necessary. But before you slide in a new cleaning budget to your business, first call a representative from our company to get an inspection for better guidance. Call us for air ducts and HVAC cleaning as we routinely undertake such a cleaning task in the most professional way. Monitoring your ducts in time will save you money and provide you with clean air to breathe.

Carpets and Upholstery Cleaning

Carpet and upholstery add a statement of style to your commercial property and its cleaning is a must. Carpets trap dirt, dust, pet hair and soil since they act as a filter to keep your spaces from getting overly untidy. Some of the preventive maintenance actions for carpet cleaning are regular vacuuming, spot removal, moving furniture to change traffic patterns, use of walk-off mats to restrict the amount of soil on a carpet and pilating the carpet to prevent matting among other measures. If you’re looking to get effective carpet cleaning, get in touch with us as we have state-of-the-art equipment with years of experience on our side. The services we offer include bonnet, showcase premier, dry cleaning, hot water extraction, deluxe precondition and rinse, to deliver the best results with a high rate of satisfaction.

Maintenance of Ceiling, Floor, and Wall

Ceiling, wall and floor cleaning is an integral part of the cleaning procedure for business properties. Walls and ceilings are susceptible to dirt, dust, pet dander, cooking oils and grease, cigarette smoke and other contaminants which taint the original element of beautification. If you are thinking of getting a paint job done in your office, then keep in mind to fix all and any holes and cracks in the ceilings, walls, and floors. In doing so, you will end up with a smoother surface when painted anew. Floors like hardwood and tiles also need to be cleaned and may require additional attention as the soil that accumulates on it in time may be harder to get rid of. We have an approved cleaning method for such surfaces which enables our professionals to restore the beauty of your property to its former glory.

Deep Kitchen Cleaning

The kitchen is an important and the most used part of any commercial premises. Due to frequent use, dirt and dust may pose a problem over time. Proper deep cleaning of kitchens becomes imperative after a certain period as dust can accumulate on fixtures, cabinets, and appliances present in the kitchen. This may harm the food and may even lead to health concerns. Get it effectively deep cleaned after a few months to keep the environment and occupants healthy.  

Effective Mold Remediation

Mold is a nasty problem for any property. It affects the appearance of its black icky growth. Targeted restoration and effective cleaning procedures should be followed to deal with mold damage removal. Hire our competent mold remediation services and our experience and skilled restoration technicians will take care of the rest.

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield offers highly trained cleanup and restoration technicians for commercial cleaning. For details, Call (508) 824-0200.


Essential Tips for Sewage Cleanup for Businesses

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Essential Tips for Sewage Cleanup for Businesses Want an effective and quick sewage cleanup? Pick your phone and call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at (508) 824-0200.

When the residents of the City of Taunton need sewage cleanup they rely on SERVPRO to get the job done right.

Sewage issues are often neglected because of the icky factor but if left unchecked, these can become very problematic for the entire property. Any issue in this regard needs to be handled instantly in order to avoid foul odor and infectious effluent. The contaminated water from leakage in your property is usually divided into three types by professional cleaning companies; clean water, gray water and black water. Sewage cleanup generally refers to the removal of black water as it contains untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes from flooding of rivers or sewer backup. Yes, we admit that it is a dirty job but it is a necessary evil nonetheless. For commercial properties, it becomes an even more serious issue because if it is not handled instantly, it can greatly affect your business, reputation and brand image. If you require sewage cleanup, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield. We will deliver you with effective solutions, cleanup and restoration included.

Initial Cleaning Steps to Take

Here are a few things that you can instantly and initially do at your commercial property to mitigate any sewage issue:

  • Shovel solids in a heavy plastic bag and disposing of it in the trash.
  • Use rags or paper towel to clean up liquid and throw them in a plastic bag to dispose of.
  • Use wet/dry vacuum to clean up remaining water.
  • Tape a path of plastic sheet to the floor to avoid soiling other areas on the property.
  • Place all damaged and undamaged items outside to dry out in the open.
  • Swab the area with an effective industry standard bleach solution.

How Professionals Handle It

You have done all that could have been done, and now it’s time for our professionals to handle the job till it’s done. Remember, these cleanup issues may sound a bit off-putting but it is crucial for any business to remediate them as soon as possible. When making the choice for a cleanup crew, keep in mind that you need professionals who can ensure productive results. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a leading name that you can trust for sewage cleanup. We will pump out and remove the muck. In addition, we will deodorize through the use of our advanced cleaning equipment and best practices. This equipment includes fans, air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, etc. to provide your business with the best cleanup services.

Which Professionals to Consult

In sewage cleanup, there may be different types of issues which might require the skill set of a particular professional. The following is a list of crew members with their respective expertise:

  • Septic Specialist:

If you are facing a problem related to backup septic tank, then you may have to consult a septic specialist. If you have called our company, you can get this specialist or a plumber that offers emergency drain cleaning services.

  • Sewer Worker:

If you have an issue related to city sewer system, then you should call the concerned sewage department to ensure whether the clog is due to a city sewer problem or not. If it is, then you will have to get in contact with the concerned department to handle it properly.

  • Drain Cleaners:

If the problem is rooted in the connection between your property and the city line, due to clogging or otherwise, then you will have to hire a drain cleaner or a plumber to fix the issue.


Five things to Know about House Insurance

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

General Five things to Know about House Insurance SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield helped a family in Mansfield, MA recover.

At times it seems like SERVPRO is the bridge between the customer and carrier in Mansfield, MA. What does that mean? Well, we work directly with you, our customer, and the adjuster, who represents the carrier. And what we find in most cases is that people who have had insurance for even years don't understand their insurance policies are required to converse with professionals in the insurance industry that both interpret and enforce insurance policies every day. Below is a collection of resources and questions we are often asked about that could help people understand their insurance coverage a little bit better. I hope this article not only helps people when it comes to buying insurance but also if they ever need to use their insurance policy. Now, I know this stuff isn’t exciting to think about, but we know that knowledge is power which can lead to peace of mind for many folks.

Know Your Rights

We often hear of Public Adjusters and Restoration Companies show up right behind the fire truck (otherwise known as a Fire Chaser) who claim they are trying to help folks that have just experienced a devastating fire loss to their home and personal belongings. However, some see this as preying on folks that may have impaired judgment under such a stressful situation.  Your insurance carrier or agent may also suggest someone you should call to help with your water damage. And then there is always the neighbors down the street that had that terrible ice dam during the winter of 2015 that ruined their roof, ceilings and the majority if their holidays for the better part of a year while they were settling their claim and dealing with repairs. No matter who you turn to for advice, it is equally important to understand that you have the right to hire whoever you want to repair your property. Make sure the person or company doing the work is experienced, trained and seasoned in the type of service you will be needing, and they carry insurance that includes worker’s compensation and liability or run the risk of needing to file yet another insurance claim for liability if anything should happen during the repair process.

Question: Who Do I Tell About Changes I Might Make?

Answer: Your local agent is the best person to call to let know of changes like jewelry purchases, but they are also the folks you want to call when you are making a move!

You should call your agent at least 30 to 60 days before any move, so they can go over the change of address and any new or different coverage they may suggest, or you want for the new place. The rates may change based on the zip code or geographical region. Having the conversation well in advance of your move is an opportunity to ensure you can have "no hidden surprises" by having all the coverage you need or want when you arrive at your new place. 

Be prepared to ask the question of with new or different coverage, "will my premium and or deductible change?" It's important to understand ALL the changes that will happen to your policy before something happens! 

The expression we here time and time again from folks is, “I hope I never need your services!” Please keep in mind, furnace malfunctions, pipe breaks and appliances break without notice.  It’s always better to be prepared then not when these situations occur. If you need help cleaning up after a water or fire damage, please give us a call 508-339-3595. We can make damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Here to Help!

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Here to Help! Learning what to do if you have a water or fire damage in Taunton, MA helps you recover quicker.

Other Things to Consider

Water and fire damage can happen in Taunton, MA in a blink of an eye. Sometimes the situations are minor and cause minimal disruption to your life. Other times the situation can be much more serious. So serious that your gas, water or power needs to be shut off. Which may signify that things may have to be addressed immediately. Ensuring that the whole family knows how to find and power down each utility shutoff can be a key part of dealing with these potential hazards in these types of situations.

Where To Find It: The main water shutoff valve will likely be near the water line at the point where it enters your house. Look in the basement and in your utility room; in some areas, the valve may be located on an outside wall near the utility area of your home.

How To Shut It Off: Turn the valve clockwise. Then, turn on your faucets to test whether you’ve turned off the correct valve. 

Take a tour of your home today with the tips below as your guide. (Keep in mind, though, that if you are experiencing a fire or water damage you or your family should only take these steps if it is safe to do so.) Special Considerations: Contact a plumber or your utility provider if you have trouble locating the shutoff valve. Label it with a tag when you do identify it. We can provide a shut off tag for you by contacting us by phone or email. 

Who do you need on speed dial if anything happens? Of course, if you need First Responders dial 911. Next is your landlord if you rent. If you own the property and need service as soon as possible hopefully you have the local restoration company already in your contacts. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield has a free and easy application (ERP) that links you directly with our office in these times.  The quicker you stop the damage the better. With water damages mold growth can start as soon as 48 hrs. With soot or fire damage the secondary damage happens immediately with what is referred to as transferring. It happens when things with soot on them are touched and then you touch something else. Footprints are the most prevalent and can cause the most damage to areas not ordinarily effected.  Here are some great tips to help you through the process.

If you would like to learn more about planning ahead, we can set you up with a FREE Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). Just give us a call at 508-824-0200.

The Facts About Renter’s Insurance

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Question: If I Rent Do I Still Need Insurance Coverage?

Answer: If you own personal belongs such as a television, computer, furnishings and clothing that may need to be replaced if something happens such as a break-in or fire, the answer is YES!  Even if you don't own a home, unexpected things do happen. Whether you're renting a studio apartment or single-family home, renters insurance may help protect you and your "stuff." We have come across situations where properties have experienced tremendous water or fire damage whether it is from a pipe break or electrical malfunction to learn that the persons renting the apartment or house do not have renter's insurance. Usually, we have to give them the "bad news" that the property owner's insurance covered does not include their personal belongs.

Question: What does Renters Insurance Cover?

Answer: Landlord insurance is designed to help protect the owner's dwelling, while you, the renter, are usually responsible for protecting the belongings you keep inside.  Think about all the stuff you own. The value of your belongings can quickly add up. Personal property coverage, a typical component of renter’s insurance, may help cover the cost of replacing your stuff if it's unexpectedly damaged or ruined. 

Question: Does Renter's Insurance Have a Deductible?

Answer: Before renter’s insurance pays out to help pay for a covered loss, you will need to pay a deductible. The amount of your deductible is often decided by the cost of your premium, which is the amount you pay your insurance company to keep your policy in- force. Just like home owner's insurance coverage, you will find that the lower your premium, the more your deductible may be for each covered loss. Your deductible and premium are listed in your policy and can be changed if you need them to.

Homeowners Insurance Questions and Answers

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Homeowners Insurance Questions and Answers SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is available to fix the damage from a water or fire damage in the Greater Bristol County.

Know Your Deductible

Question: What does it mean when you have meet your deductible? 

Answer: Most insurance policies, whether home, auto or health use this method of meeting your deductible. For example, if your deductible is $250, you must spend $250 for doctors' visits or for prescription medications before your health insurance company will start to pay. Insurance policies can have a wide variance of deductibles. We have seen them as low as $250 and as high as $50,000 (however, both of those are few and far in between) depending on the location and circumstances. A typical family household most likely has a deductible of about $1000. Here's a good explanation of why insureds are required to pay a deductible.  If something such as a computer, cell phone or tablet were stolen, there is going to be coverage for that, but the deductible may exceed the value of the loss item.

Know Your Limits

Question: Does my homeowner’s policy have any limits of coverage?

Answer: Most insurance carriers do place limits on the policies that they write to protect themselves financial.  It's equally important to know that, whether it's during a move or not, any property covered by homeowner’s insurance will only be protected up to the limits on your policy on the day the damage occurred. Your policy may also include a lower limit for your personal property while it's away from your residence premises. Another example of limits to policies would be mold removal. Many carriers choose to have $10,000 limits for claims requiring any work relating specifically to mold remediation work.

In addition, there are different standard limits depending on the category of property. An example would be jewelry or collectibles; your policy may state maximum coverage amounts for such items. However, your agent may suggest purchasing extra coverage and creating a scheduling for items that are of significant value so you get protection for them up to their appraised value, not just the standard personal property limit. No one wants to spend $15,000 for a diamond ring only to get $10,000 for it when it comes time to file a claim!

Know Your Costs

Question: How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Home?

Answer: The types and amount of coverage you need depends on many factors. These factors include your home's size, location, and amenities. Meaning there isn't a simple answer that works in every case. Hint: How much you pay for your home may not be a key factor in the cost of the cost of insurance coverage. The formula for determining good insurance coverage takes many factors like the cost to replace it if something happened.

Question: Does My Location Change the Cost of Insurance?

Answer: Geographic location often affects the type of risks your home is exposed to. For instance, if you own a home on Cape Cod, Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard, you may be required to have different insurance coverage limits than those set by the owner of the exact same home in a neighborhood in the Taunton area of Bristol County. Why? Dwelling coverage limits are based on replacement cost, which can vary by location due to different construction or material costs in each area.

Another factor is the cost of labor and materials in different geographic areas. Since homeowner’s insurance typically helps cover the cost of repairing or rebuilding a home if it's damaged or destroyed by a covered peril (water, wind and fire damage are examples of peril), the amount of insurance you may need partly depends on what it would cost to complete the work in your town. Labor costs, in particular, vary significantly in different markets.

And why wouldn't you simply choose dwelling coverage limits that match the purchase price of your house? The actual labor and material costs to repair or rebuild your home could end up being less than what you paid. Or it could be costlier to rebuild your home. A local agent can help you understand the options, so you can choose the coverage that's appropriate for you.

We hope this information has taken a little of the mystery out of the frequently asked questions we receive. And because insurance policies vary so greatly, we strongly suggest that people ask their agent the specifics of their policy. And of course, if you ever need help with a water or fire damage please give us a call at 508-824-0200.

Homeowners Insurance Coverage

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

General Homeowners Insurance Coverage SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield has earned the trust of the insurance industry for providing the highest quality of customer service in Raynham, MA.

It's a picture-perfect day as you pose with your loved ones standing on the porch of your newly purchased home in Raynham, MA. Both you and your husband have worked overtime to save enough money to secure a mortgage. You have spent countless hours surfing the internet and going to open houses where you may want to raise your kids. The neighborhoods with the best schools, churches and playgrounds. No one thinks the thought that there may be a storm brewing on the horizon in the form of a hurricane or Nor'easter which can bring a flood of concerns that your family's home and personal property could get damaged or worst, lost forever. If it did happen would you be ready?

I’m not talking about whether you have the standard list of supplies needed if you lost the electricality like flashlights, batteries or even a good supply of bottle drinking water. I’m talking about are you ready to deal with the eminent loss claim of damage caused to your property, your belongings and most importantly your home. Speed forward to standing on the exact same porch you stood on with your loved ones happily taking photos with proud faces and now instead imagine you are standing there talking with the claims adjuster and the restoration company who are there to help you through not only a difficult time but also the process of filing a claim to recover your life. What type of coverage did you buy? Was it a policy that provides actual cash value protection which typically covers belongings up to their current market value (taking depreciation into account) or was it a policy that includes replacement cost coverage that helps you pay to replace your items at today's retail prices after a covered loss?  

If the thought running through your head is, "I don't know," take the time to learn more and gain control. We will journey down this road and hopefully help folks be able to answer the question, would you be ready to deal with a loss at your home with a strong conviction, “YES, I AM”! This series of blog postings will touch on different aspects of insurance, types of policy coverage and limits and the lingo used in the industry to discuss such topics.

Please keep in mind that the information in this blog series is very broad scope of this topic and understand that this information is from the perspective of a restoration company we see a lot of customers struggling with understanding the process. And while no two jobs are ever the same there are some common themes that we will point out in the series.

If you have questions about water removal service in Raynham, MA give us a call at 508-824-0020.

What to Consider Regarding Mold Growth After Flooding

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard What to Consider Regarding Mold Growth After Flooding SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a professional water removal and mold restoration service which serves areas of Taunton and Mansfield, Massachusetts.

How to Handle Mold Growth After Flood Damage

Mold growth is a natural process that begins or speeds up once space has been flooded. Due to the excess water accumulation, the mold is provided with ideal conditions to breed. Before it starts to appear visibly, it makes the water musty which is another indication of mold growth in progress. For professional mold restoration services, it has to be eradicated completely to save the property of the client. Here are a few things to consider once mold starts growing after a flood:

Timeframe for Mold Growth

As an active, lauded and trusted water removal service in Taunton, MA and Mansfield, MA, SERVPRO has handled a huge number of mold removal cases. With years of experience on our side, we can clearly tell you that there is no set-in-stone timeframe for mold growth. However, according to EPA and CDC, the mold growth begins anywhere between 24 to 48 hours after flooding. During our services, we also consider the musky smell of accumulated water to be indicative of mold growth even if the mold is not visibly prominent. Depending on the area in question, external factors may also boost the process of mold growth. Warm, humid, dingy and dark spaces are more prone to mold than spaces that are properly ventilated.

Mold Removal Services

Professional mold removal services offer complete packages that cover everything under their restoration. Before you invest your time and money, contact the service and inquire about the procedures and available packages. A competent service such as ours, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, will always guide you with the right information so you can restore your property in the most productive way possible. We ensure that our clients receive the best quality removal service along with customer success, satisfaction, and happiness. Our expert crew is seasoned with experience in all sorts of damage restoration and mold is one of them.

To Hire or Not to Hire

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a reliable service for commercial mold removal in Mansfield, MA as well as Taunton, MA. We also handle residential property to remediate mold whether it is on a large scale or confined to a small space. There are numerous tips and tricks for mold removal that you can carry out on your own. However, EPA and CDC recommend that you call in professionals to handle mold growth if it exceeds a total area of a 10-foot-by-10-foot area or 100 square feet. In these cases, we are always available round the clock on our emergency helpline. Just give us a call and we will swoop in to save your property and belongings while restoring it efficiently and effectively.

Save What You Can

Before you call us or our crew reaches you, there are a few things that you may be able to save on your own from the water damage. Keep in mind that before taking any action, ensure the safety of everyone including yourself.

Here’s what you can usually save:

  • Non-porous and solid items such as china, jewelry, porcelain, glass, metal and the likes
  • Furniture, even if its wood, can be saved provided it was in good condition before damage
  • A few types of appliances and electronics that have not been affected directly by water
  • Clothing, textile, artwork and similar items which hasn’t sustained much damage
  • Important legal documents, books, and photographs with minimal mold and water damage

For more information on mold restoration in Taunton, MA and mold removal in Mansfield, MA, call (508) 824-0200.

5 Places in Your House Where Water Causes Damage

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage 5 Places in Your House Where Water Causes Damage Get SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield for effective and lasting results for water removal in Taunton, MA and Mansfield, MA. We handle houses of all sizes a

5 Places in Homes Prone to Water Damage

Water is a necessity of life but the damage caused by water is a serious concern. It can’t be ignored as it can deteriorate your property. The aesthetic appeal of the residential space is ruined if water leakage occurs or if it suffers flooding. Since homeowners are proud of their homes, any kind of water damage will affect it aesthetically and even structurally. Water damage can shatter the elegance and outlook of the property. If you are looking for water removal service in Taunton, then SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is here to help you. Our specialized machinery and equipment, and well-trained crew are used to handling water damage situations professionally. Here’s a list of places in your house that might get damaged by water leakages and flooding:

Another Break in the Wall

Walls and pillars are most prone to damage caused by water. Due to this damage, leakages, cracks or holes may appear in them. If unchecked, water can easily flow inside these. As a result, the strength of walls or pillars may get compromised. Aesthetically speaking, no homeowner wants to see such ugliness on their walls.

Similar to walls, any damage caused on the floors by water, be it small or large, is likely to compromise the structure of the entire house. If your house is carpeted wall-to-wall, water will affect it greatly. However, in case of another flooring, it may seep in further and may damage the beams and foundations upon which the house stands.

Pipe It Right, Or Wrong

Water accumulation or leakage results in corrosion. Pipes in kitchens, bathrooms and even in the basement can get affected if water damage is unchecked for a longer period of time. Water connections and taps should be checked regularly to avoid unfavorable circumstances.

Damaged by Mold Growth

Mold growth is a must if water pools in and accumulates in a space for 24 to 48 hours. It damages the outlook as well as becomes a health concern, especially for sick, old and young. Moisture helps the mold to grow which is why the accumulation of water should always be prevented. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is a professional service for mold restoration in Taunton, MA. Get our help when the situation gets ‘ugly’.

 Beautiful Inside and Out

Most homeowners are more concerned with what lies inside their house, and hence, they do not give much heed to its exterior. However, water equally damages the exterior and the interior. Standing water outside is one of the first things that you need to take care of. Poor drainage, leaky hoses, faulty sprinklers, rusty faucets, and such can be one of the reasons why the exterior of your house is being adversely affected by water.

 Water is an unstoppable force when it gains the required momentum. In case of floods, the safety of human lives is the first priority. Once everything has been deemed safe by concerned officials, you may focus on getting your house back to how it was. Flood damage also includes water damage and mold damage, so by dealing with one restoration,

Everybody, Hit the Floor

you’re investing in getting rid of three. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is reliable for water removal service in Taunton, MA. Call us anytime and we will come help you restore your house from water damage of any and all magnitude.

Why Getting Rid of Mold is Necessary

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Getting Rid of Mold is Necessary Mold restoration in Taunton, MA and in Mansfield, MA is efficient, effectively and professionally offered by SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield.

Why Getting Rid of Mold is Necessary

Getting rid of mold that grows in your house is compulsory as it may become a nuisance in terms of aesthetic appeal. Let’s face it, molds are ugly to look at! Their presence gives out the impression of you being a careless and negligent homeowner. Along with being a pet peeves for some, it may also be a health concern for certain residents. As a professional mold restoration service in Taunton, MA and Mansfield, MA, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield specializes in restoring mold-damaged houses and offices. We understand and cater to mold damage of any magnitude, especially after floods and storms.

Why Molds Should Be Removed

Often than not, homeowners ignore molds for as long as possible. They only consider removing it once it is a visible botheration. Even then, only if it is visible on a more frequented area, surface, wall, ceiling, etc. Mold which is secretly plotting against you and your family behind your curtains, below bathtubs, under sink cabinets are left to thrive. It is a big eyesore for many as it ruins the outlook of the surface it grows on, be it a wall, ceiling, cabinet, furniture, etc. Would you want to have the elegance of your house or office ruined by a mold spot? We guess not! Homeowners need to be aware of the fact that mold may also cause health effects.

Who to Call for Removal

For mold growth that is specific in a small reachable area, there are many DIY methods in which you can completely eradicate them yourself without the help of professionals. However, it is advisable to treat the disease instead of just removing the symptoms. So, unless and until you locate the source and get rid of the root cause of mold, it will likely grow again when conditions are favorable. For molds that occupy more than 100 square feet, you should call it in and let the skilled removal crews handle it. Our water removal service in Taunton, MA (and Mansfield, MA) is equipped with the right machinery, expert crews and latest removal best practices to get rid of mold of any size and shape, and in any setting.

DIY Mold Preventions

The most common places where mold is likely to grow inside your homes are kitchens and bathrooms. Since molds thrive in moisture, these areas of moisture enable growth till it becomes an actual problem which needs to be removed.

Here are a few preventive measures you can adopt to avert mold growth within your property:

  • Inspect for leakages, even if minor, and fix them immediately
  • Don’t let water pool in or accumulate anywhere, especially near or on wood surfaces
  • Wipe clean your sinks, countertops, tubs, cabinets, showers, curtains, etc. to keep them moisture-free
  • Always utilize ventilation, exhaust fans or air-conditioning before, during and after kitchen or bathroom usage
  • Ensure that your kitchens and bathrooms are kept dry

By following these tips, you can make your spaces mold-free for longer durations.

If you have questions about mold restoration in Taunton, MA or mold removal in Mansfield, MA, contact us at (508) 824-0200.

Why Should We Take Mold Growth Seriously

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Should We Take Mold Growth Seriously Want black mold remediation? Contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield for mold restoration in Mansfield, MA and get professional results.

Why Should We Take Mold Growth Seriously?

Do you see black stuff collecting on the corners of your walls, ceilings or furniture? Don’t worry, it’s not dark matter, but also worry because it’s black mold which is a concern in terms of aesthetic appearance. This growth will slowly destroy your property if not handled in a timely manner. While it damages, it will also disperse harmful spores into the air, which may cause health implications for certain individuals. The most common places where you will see black mold are kitchens and bathrooms as these are the places where water is frequently used. The moisture provides favorable conditions for mold to grow. Here’s a quick guide on how to get rid of black mold in different areas of your houses along with some useful tips:

Mold in Kitchens and/or Bathrooms

There are numerous reasons which can cause mold growth in kitchens and bathrooms. Ideal temperature and moisture facilitate it by providing ideal conditions for its growth. An effective way to remediate it is to have a proper ventilation system installed. Effective flow of air is necessary to keep the spaces dry and to eliminate moisture content which is necessary for mold growth. There a few DIY methods to prevent it, however, if the situation has escalated, you can hire professional companies such as SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield which deal with mold restoration in Mansfield, MA and Taunton, MA.

Handy Tips for Prevention

If your property has been affected by black mold growth, you may try the following handy tips to prevent and even eradicate it by doing-it-yourself:

  • Use gloves, glasses, and mask before cleaning affected area. Spores and fumes from the chemicals used can be hazardous
  • Proper ventilation is required to keep the area dry. Exhaust fans, humidifiers and air-conditioning in summer and heaters in winters can be used for this purpose
  • Cover the surrounding before cleaning and removal process
  • Check vents, ducts properly as these may fall victim easily due to not being used or cleaned over longer durations
  • Get cleaning agents from the market to clean mold from small areas that have been affected
  • For larger areas of the house, always hire a professional company to carry out this task. SERVPRO is a leader in mold restoration in Mansfield, MA and Taunton, MA
  • Homemade cleaners can also be utilized for the removal process. These include grapefruit seed extract, tea tree oil, and distilled white vinegar, all of which are anti-fungal
  • Besides this borax, hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, and bleach can be utilized. These mold-killing chemicals should be handled carefully

Effective Measures to Remove Mold

The proper removal of black mold is necessary to avoid further damage to your property, furniture, etc. If the black mold growth is beyond the capabilities of DIY solutions, don’t waste more money and simply hire a competent and professional mold remediating service such as SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield. Only professionals can know how to remediate it completely and stop it from further growth.

For further inquiries, contact us at (508) 824-0200

Why Air Duct Cleaning is Important

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning Why Air Duct Cleaning is Important SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, the leading mold restoration Taunton, MA service, also offers commercial and residential air duct cleaning.

Why Air Duct Cleaning is Important?

Air ducts and HVAC systems are prone to dust, debris, mold, and even vermin. Since these tight spaces and airways cannot be easily reached, there is a higher risk of getting infested with mold or other harmful and toxic material. There are a few preventive measures that you can take on your own to eliminate and minimize the duct contamination. Keep in mind that overtime, it will be contaminated no matter what. Hence, after a certain period of time, even if all goes well, you should hire professional air ducts and HVAC cleaning service to conduct a detailed cleanup. It will help in improving your lifestyle as well as extending the lifespan of the HVAC systems.

DIY Prevention for Duct Contamination

Here are a few pointers for duct contamination prevention:

  • Use your cooling and heating system manufacturer’s high efficiency air filters to keep the indoor pollution to the minimum
  • Make a schedule for changing filters and stick to it, and change more frequently if the filters get clogged quickly
  • Seal the edges of filters to force the air to pass only through it, and do not put a wide gap between two filters
  • During maintenance and/or construction near or on your property, seal off the air ducts and HVAC to avoid dust accumulation
  • Cleanup your home or office rooms and carpets to minimize the dust content that is being ventilated

All these steps are easy to do and can be undertaken personally. We advise caution and safety before you do it yourself. It is better to ask professionals for guidance, if not help.

Reasons to Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned

There is no hard and fast rule to determine whether the air ducts and HVAC in your house or office needs to cleaned. However, as a general rule, homeowners as well as businesses can opt for professional HVAC cleaning service in Mansfield, MA if one of these indications arise:

  • There is a constant foul, offensive or unusual odor present for days at a stretch. If you cannot trace it to its source, there might be some rodent or vermin decaying in the vents
  • There are visible spots or accumulation of dirt and/or debris visible to you upon light inspection
  • A musty odor is present which may indicate mold growth. Also, if you can easily see mold growing in any section of the air ducts and HVAC.
  • The HVAC and air ducts haven’t been cleaned in years

If any of these reasons suddenly prop up and with frequency, then you should consider a professional cleanup for your home or office.

Efficient Air Duct Cleaning by SERVPRO

We, at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, offer professional air ducts and HVAC cleaning for the homeowners and businesses in the region. Our cleaning service has garnered great results for our clientele in both the commercial as well as the domestic sector. The before-and-after comparison is evident of how efficiently our highly trained restoration specialists clean up the vents and ducts. With conducting a thorough cleanup, you ensure that offensive odors are eliminated or greatly reduced. It is also beneficial in preventing mold from growing inside the ducts and vents. Furthermore, the overall efficiency of your HVAC system is boosted as there is minimal resistance in the air flow.

For more information on our air ducts cleaning service in Taunton, MA, you are welcome to contact us anytime at (508) 824-0200.


A What-To-Do Guide for Mitigation in Flood Disaster

10/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage A What-To-Do Guide for Mitigation in Flood Disaster SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield has earned the trusts of many when it comes to water damage restoration and flood cleanup service.

Any property that is damaged by fire, water, flood, storm, mold or likewise has to be remediated to its original state through the services of competent cleanup and restoration services. For residents of Taunton and Mansfield, Massachusetts, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield has the best and most effective services. Staying true to their slogan, we ensure that your property, be it commercial or residential, is restored to its former glory with the damage cleanup efficiency being "Like it never even happened." Before any of these damages incur on your property, there is a long and detailed list of mitigation which can help you reduce the damage. Here’s an overview of what to do and what not to do before, during and after a water or flooding disaster hits:

 Preventive Measures Before Flooding

Whether you live in a flood zone or whether your property is prone to damage by water in any capacity; there are quite a few essential tips that can help you be prepared to face the challenge. Here’s what you can do beforehand:

  • Ensure that your property is barricaded against water inflow
  • Regularly check all plumbing to make sure there are no leakages
  • Check floor levels and openings to put stoppage on water sources
  • Make sure that vents, pipes, ducts, etc. are sealed properly
  • Remove unnecessary, extra furniture and upholstery from floors
  • Unplug unused appliances, fixtures, and electronics to avoid hazards

Being a leading water cleanup service in Taunton and Mansfield, MA, you can get in touch with us for further instructions, precautions, and tips on how to mitigate for flooding.

Water Damage Safety Prerequisites

Once the flood or water damage has occurred, there are quite a few safety and hazard concerns that you need to be aware of. If your property has been flooded with water, the safety of you and your family is of top priority. Here are a few things you need to take are of:

  • First and foremost, ensure the safety of family and loved ones
  • Check and see if it is safe to stay in and on your property
  • Turn off all electrical supplies to avoid hazards in flooded spaces
  • Avoid spaces where you may face a ‘slip and fall’ hazard
  • Carry out only the activities which are safe for you
  • Do not carry wet materials as they will be heavier when drenched

By focusing on these points, you will be able to keep your loved ones safe and prevent any accident or hazard that might happen due to negligence or carelessness.

 DIY Damage Minimization Tasks

After your property has been flooded, you can conduct a few DIY steps and tasks that will help your property and belongings from further damage. By taking these steps, your property will be better prepared for our water damage restoration in Mansfield and Taunton. These DIY steps are:

  • Mop and blot excess water to remove it
  • Wipe off wood furniture after removing all items from it
  • Prop and remove wet cushions and upholstery
  • Utilize air-conditioners and exhausts to dry the spaces
  • Make sure you remove all items from floors, walls, and ceilings
  • Do not interfere or touch electrical appliances or fixtures

    Through taking these small steps, you can save a lot of your property and belongings before professional help arrives. We are a trusted name in water removal service in Taunton, MA. Our services are efficient as we use latest technology, machinery, and techniques to restore your commercial or residential spaces back to how it was.

     If you have more questions or inquiries about our water removal service in Mansfield, MA or Taunton, MA, give us a call at (508) 824-0200.

A Family Rebuilds After Disastrous Fire Damage in Mansfield, MA

8/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A Family Rebuilds After Disastrous Fire Damage in Mansfield, MA Fire Damage not only effects your personal property it affects the family emotionally with the odor left behind after the fire is put out.

A Family Saved After Disastrous Fire Damage in Mansfield, MA

In Mansfield, MA, a family had to go through an immense loss of material damage after disastrous fire damage. The fire spread so quickly and immensely that the family had no option but to evacuate the house. A family member smelled something burning but ignored thinking that it was maybe the neighbors having a barbecue or maybe a bonfire somewhere down the street. Within few minutes, the situation got out of hand. The fire enveloped the entire house. Once the brave firefighters stopped the fire and it was cleared for cleanup, the residents worried about their property. This is when they decided to call SERVPRO.

After an investigation into the source and origin of the fire, it was found out that there was a short circuit damage near the kitchen side which promoted the spread of fire. As soon as our team arrived, we worked closely with the family and got the situation under control within a few minutes.

SERVPRO: A Team of Experts

Fire damage can occur because of many reasons, be it carelessness in lighting up firewood, or because of a faulty electrical circuit. In such devastating situations, the first thing that you want is to ensure that you, your family and your pets are safe. The next step, after the firefighting is done, is to protect your valuables. No matter what sort of fire damage your house has, call us and we will handle it. We have a team of professionals who have the right knowledge and experience to assess and handle fire damage of any amplitude.

Fire Damage Restoration At Its Best

Fire damage restoration requires great care and attention, and we are the people who carry it out efficiently with minimal inconvenience. Once your property has been cleared by the firefighting department, you can call us and we will assess and remediate the fire damage. Our professionals will handle everything. The first thing that our team will do is to inspect and assess the fire damage, followed by immediate services like roof tarp and board-up are given to the property. If fire damage has caused water damage as well, we’ll provide the necessary water removal. A proper removal of smoke and soot from every corner coupled with our exceptional cleaning and restoration services will make your property look like as it was, before the damage.

Services That Are Second to None

Having fire damage in your house or near your property requires quick actions. SERVPRO understands these sensitive situations very well and for this reason, our fire restoration services are available 24/7. Our experts are ready to respond immediately when you need help in critical situations. A speedy action always lessens the damage. Our professionals and technicians are highly trained and specialized in smoke and fire restoration. Fire damage causes a lot of burning odor but don't worry, we have got odor control technicians for you too. We assure you complete restoration and will help you in getting your property back to its original state before the damage.

Fire damage is a difficult situation which can very easily be averted with the help of exceptional restoration services. Fire damage restoration service Mansfield, MA by SERVPRO makes sure every corner of your property gets repaired and restored. We have won the trust of our clients by providing them excellent services at any time during the day. We treat our client’s property with care as if it’s our own. You can trust us with our specialized team and latest equipment to get your property back to life.

Raynham, MA Family Rebuilds After Home Experiences Water Damage 

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Raynham, MA Family Rebuilds After Home Experiences Water Damage  Drying Equipment drying a water damage in a Raynham, MA home.

A family in Raynham, had to go through immense loss of material damage, because of water leakage in their house. It had only been eight months, when the family started noticing water patches on their ceilings and on the walls. Thinking that it could have been because of the recent thunderstorm, they ignored it. With time, the situation got worse. The patches affected the distemper on the walls, making flakes of paint fall off. Worried about the fortunes they had invested in this house, they called SERVPRO

It was later found out that, because of the lack of genuine quality of water pipes, water kept leaking slowly for months. Everything was soon under with one call to us!

SERVPRO’S TEAM-Like No Other:

Water damage can occur because of any reason. A thunderstorm could trigger it at times, or it may also occur as the water pipes get worn out. Curing, treating and restoring water damage in a property requires a lot of expertise. Having a fully equipped team of knowledgeable and experienced technicians, water damage removal is what we do everyday.

How SERVPRO Saves The Day?

Home water damage restoration service is a well-defined and well-structured procedure comprising of six to seven steps. The only responsibility you have onto yourself is to call us one time. The rest is handled by us. First, we would inspect your house. The final steps include drying and dehumidification of the damaged property, which prevents the growth of mold. We restore the property damaged after treatment.

Services At SERVPRO:

Our 24/7 availability helps us solve the problem as soon as you get to us. All you must do is call, and the truck carrying team, tools and spare parts will be at your door step in a blink of an eye. Our water damage cleanup service has no match at all! We have won this name, recognition and trust by giving our clients what they expect from us. We make sure that whoever invests in us gets what they desire.

Our company SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield uses the most advanced technology and equipment which not only has made our job easier, but has also helped us win the trust of our customers.

Water damage can be a very tricky business. You would want to be sure about the company you have invested in, their competence and their level of expertise. Water Removal Service Mansfield, MA by us is like no other in the town. No matter the time of the day, or the weather outside, we have won the loyalty of our clients by being there for them as soon as they get to us. We have managed to always prove through our services that our clients and their satisfaction come first, we have made our name locally and nationally. Having national resources, we are truly number one when it comes to restoration services of all sizes. So, if you got a water damage job, give us a call. We are just a dial away.

Norton Homeowner Calls On SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield to Save Their Holiday

7/9/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services Norton Homeowner Calls On SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield to Save Their Holiday Bristol County Commercial and Residential Property Owners: We provide Building/Reconstruction Services.

A Norton homeowner can attest to the fact that there never really is a good time for a water damage that requires reconstruction services. But some days are worse than others! Let’s face it, just before the holidays tops the list as the worst time EVER for a disaster to happen. But that was the case for one of our customers whose washing machine hose blew out, spewing water all over her finished basement. If you are the mother of young children, there are some things that you almost can’t live without: one of those things is a washer and the other is a playroom/family room in the basement. In an instant, this mother lost both of those necessities, just before 4th of July.

SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Bristol County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. And with our building/reconstruction services we can truly make the damage, "Like it never even happened."

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 
  • Residential Services

    Whether your Bristol County home needs emergency flood damage or your air ducts cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:http://www.SERVPROtauntonmansfield.com/residential-restoration-cleaning

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Inspection & Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Carpet and Air Duct Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services
  • Commercial Services

    There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Bristol County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPROtauntonmansfield.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Inspection & Remediation
  • Carpet and Air Duct Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services
  • General Contractor License #: CS-108357

    Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 508-824-0200

    Restoring Your Mansfield Commercial Property After A Water Damage

    7/9/2016 (Permalink)

    Commercial Restoring Your Mansfield Commercial Property After A Water Damage Mansfield Commercial Water Damage Presents Unique Challenges.

    Flooding and water damage events at Mansfield commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

    Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

    Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

    About SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield

    SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Bill and Beth Russell, co-own and operate the franchise with a strong work ethic while providing customers with fair pricing and impeccable customer service.

    If you need help with restoring your business after a water damage, we can help! Call us today at 508-339-3595.

    Berkley, MA Home Smoke and Soot Cleanup

    7/9/2016 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage Berkley, MA Home Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Berkley Home.

    Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.
  • Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

    Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 
  • Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – 508-824-0200

    Rehoboth Residents: Do You Need a Mold Inspection or Mold Testing?

    7/9/2016 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation Rehoboth Residents: Do You Need a Mold Inspection or Mold Testing? This Rehoboth home had a severe mold problem before SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield did the Mold Remediation.

    Mold Inspection Vs. Mold Testing

    At SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, inspecting for mold is a standard part of what we do. We know the signs to look for and how to identify a problem. Once we detect signs of mold, we search for the cause. After determining the source of the moisture, we begin the process of fixing the problem. If there are no visible signs of mold, but there are some symptoms, allergens for example, the homeowner can choose to have their house tested for mold. In this case, we recommend that they call in an unbiased, third party to do the testing. This eliminates any doubt or questions about the test results and makes for a good system of checks and balances. At SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, we sell our services based on information and not scare tactics.

    What to consider when choosing a company to remove mold from your home

    Step 1: Choosing a reputable company to treat a mold issue is as important as using the right process to eradicate the mold spores. Look for a company that is experienced and trained in mold remediation. Is the company certified and do they require their employees to receive on-going training to stay on top of the most updated techniques for mold remediation? At SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, we are professionals that are trained and certified and are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    Step 2: Check to make sure the company you are hiring has insurance and not just worker’s compensation. Any reputable company will hold pollution insurance, since mold can be an environmental issue. Can the company do more than just treat your mold problem? Do they have the resources and licensures to do the necessary reconstruction work or will you have to hire a separate contractor for the part of the project? We hold a General Contractor License #: CS-108357

    Step 3: Find out if your mold and water damage are covered under your homeowner’s insurance policies.

    Step 4: Finally, don’t let price drive your decision. The cheapest isn't always the best choice and neither is the most expensive.

    About Our Mold Remediation Services

    SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. We know that there are choices in restoration companies, that’s why we, at SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield, believe that delivering a full complement of services, from the initial assessment of mold spores to the final reconstruction services and everything in between, along with outstanding customer service should be a standard part of every project, no matter the size.

    What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at 508-824-0200 for mold remediation services.
  • What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
  • If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 508-824-0200

    When Storms or Floods hit Raynham, Massachusetts, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is ready!

    7/8/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage When Storms or Floods hit Raynham, Massachusetts, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Raynham, Massachusetts

    Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

    When storms and floods hit Raynham, Massachusetts, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We have access to equipment and personnel that are strategically located throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Nothing strikes fear into the heart of a property owner living near a body of water whether it is a river or the ocean like the words, Hurricane or Storm. Sure, we have lived through some significant storms—everyone remembers Hurricane Bob? — and perhaps that is why we take it seriously when predictions about a hurricane or tropical storm begin to surface. Even if the storm doesn’t live up to the hype of weather forecasters, we know that these storms are likely going to include wind, rain, and flooding and those elements can do significant damage to coastal properties…. whether those properties are located close to the water or a bit further inland. All homes and businesses are vulnerable to the damage that rain, wind, and flooding can cause but ironically many property owners are not aware of the damages that can occur, how to respond to those damages, and what is even covered under their insurance policies.

    Here are some tips before the storm hits

  • Look around the property. Anything that is unsecured, lawn furniture, toys, tables, and chairs should be brought inside or stored away. Secure the grill as much as possible.
  • If your property is located near the water, and you have hurricane shutters, go ahead and use them, even if the storm is not categorized as a hurricane.
  • Remove any solar-powered ground lights. Ground lights that are hard-wired can be left in the ground.
  • Wrap burlap around ornamental trees or fragile bushes. You can also stake and string trees and bushes.
  • Take in any window air conditioners.
  • Here are some tips after the storm hits

  • If water has infiltrated the basement, shut off the power. Remember, electricity and water are a deadly combination. If you have to walk through standing water to get to the circuit breaker box, consider calling your power company to come out to shut off the power. If you are unsure of the best and safest way to shut off the power, call your local fire department.
  • To mitigate any further damage to your valuables, raise any items up off of the floor and out of the water.
  • If the roof has incurred any damage, immediately cover it with a tarp. If a window has been broken, immediately board it up. If you are unsure of how to do this, contact a professional.
  • ·           Check on neighbors—especially the            elderly—to make sure they are safe.

    Faster Response

    Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

    Hot tip #1: If the water level can be measured in feet, you definitely need to call in a professional, immediately. When a high volume of water is pumped outside at a high rate of speed, it may cause significant structural damage.

    Wind can cause a variety of damages…from sending furniture and other debris into the air, crashing into windows, to knocking trees onto roofs, to ripping shingles up from the roof. The biggest misconception that property owners have about wind damage pertains to their insurance deductible. Most property owners believe that the deductible or amount that they will have to pay is based on the cost of the damage; however, the deductible is actually based on the percentage of the total value for which the home is insured.

    Hot tip #2: Any damage caused by the wind should immediately be addressed. A broken window should be boarded up from the outside and any hole in the roof should be covered—from the outside!

    Have a Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Now! 508-824-0200

    When Storms or Floods hit Taunton, Massachusetts, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is ready!

    7/8/2016 (Permalink)

    Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Taunton, Massachusetts, SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Taunton, Massachusetts.

    Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

    SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. You wouldn’t wait until December 24 to start preparing for Christmas, so why wait until a storm is predicted to begin preparing for that event. As someone who works well under the pressure of a deadline, I understand how attractive procrastination can be. But when it comes to the safety of my family and taking care of my property, I cannot put off until tomorrow what should be dealt with today. When you plan before a crisis, you have the benefit of clarity of thought and therefore your action plan will be complete and hopefully your emergency kit will contain a few unexpected pleasures.

    When storms hit Taunton, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We have the equipment and personnel to make storm damage, “Like it never even happened.” According to the FEMA website, there are several plans to put into place now so that you can rest somewhat easy when television stations across the state preempt favorite television shows to talk about an approaching storm.

    Four Easy Steps to Help Get You Ready

    Step 1: Have a Plan

    Having a plan in place for receiving emergency alerts and make sure all family members know where to meet in case the family is separated before or during an event. Cell phone coverage will most likely be limited so know where the closest emergency shelter is and consider making that your meeting place. Make a paper list of contact numbers and make sure all members of the family have a copy of the list. Just as an aside, don’t you miss the days when we could memorize our children’s and parents’ telephone numbers?

    Step 2: Create an Emergency Kit

    Having an emergency kit is key. While most people know that it is important to put together an emergency kit, the majority of people do not know what items to put into the kit. After all, one person’s necessity is another person’s, “what the heck is that doing in here?” According to ready.gov, the kit should contain one gallon of water per person for at least three days, a flashlight with batteries, medications, a first aid kit, a whistle to signal for help, pliers or a wrench to turn off water or utilities, a manual can opener, and non-perishable canned goods. The kit can also contain games that the family can play or small toys and activities, depending on the age of your children. Consider including some hygiene products, such as hand sanitizer, wet cloths, and deodorant. Since you are preparing this kit well in advance of a storm, consider putting in some nice to have items, such as chocolate or other treats. Yes, you should change those items out with a fresh supply every few months.

    Step 3: Get Alternative Energy

    If you have a backup power generator, make sure that it has been installed by a licensed electrician and has been tested. If the generator is gas powered, be sure that it is located a safe distance from the home. If you are using a fireplace or wood stove as a heat source during power loss, make sure that you have enough wood to keep warm for at least three days and that the home is properly ventilated. Check on neighbors—especially elderly neighbors—to make sure they are warm and safe. While a gas grill can be a great alternate cooking source, NEVER bring it inside the home or into garage.

    Step 4: Have Needed Supplies

    Hurricane season starts in June and winds down in November. Hurricane preparedness only takes a few days to consider the items you use on a daily basis, the things your children love and that bring them comfort and make sure that as many of those items as possible are in your emergency kit. When a hurricane or severe storm does hit, it can be very inconvenient and uncomfortable. Being prepared for the storm can take away some of that discomfort and even make surviving a few days without power a fun memory. If the power does go out, chances are gas stations will not have power either and therefore, pumps will not work. Make sure that your vehicle’s gas tank is full and that there is gas for the generator, chain saw or snow blower (you never know in NE).

    Faster Response

    Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

    Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 508-824-0200

    Norton Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

    6/10/2016 (Permalink)

    Mold Remediation Norton Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Got Mold? SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield provides mold remediation and reconstruction services to help property owners in Norton, MA 02766

    Mold…it’s everywhere. It’s present inside and outside and while you will never completely eradicate mold spores from your life, there are situations when it can do significant damage to your property and compromise the integrity of your structure. The first question that comes to most people’s minds is how does mold suddenly appear in a home. The answer is rather simple: it doesn’t suddenly appear… with the proper environment, which is water, and a food source, which come in many forms such as simple everyday items like sheetrock, wood molding, paint, cardboard and even leather mold spores grow over a period of time.

    Mold is more than just unsightly…it also has an odor. Though you might be tempted to spray bleach on the affected areas, I wouldn’t recommend doing so, since that can actually increase the damage. Even if you are successful at covering up the unsightly stain, the mold spores spread and continue to grow and travel. If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home.

    What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield at 508-824-0200 for mold remediation services.
  • What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
  • About Our Mold Remediation Services

    SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 508-824-0200

    Taunton Family Calls SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield For Mice Infestation

    6/10/2016 (Permalink)

    Biohazard Taunton Family Calls SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield For Mice Infestation Mice Infestation cleanup by SERVPRO of Taunton Mansfield

    With the warm days of Spring come the chores of mulching the flower beds and cleaning  the yard up after the winter. Pulling out the outdoor furniture and stacking wood for those parties are other essentials for preparing for the Summer season. Humans are not the only ones who prepare for the upcoming season. However, in many cases property owners find that soon it is discovered that they need to evict wildlife after an unknown "winter rental." The fact they they have made their way into properties for the  winter results in a problem for property owners, especially if the issue is a mice infestation rather than just one unwanted guest there are usually many more than you see. 

    Because these rodents are without a skeletal system, they can easily maneuver into tiny spaces to gain entrance to a building. Once they are in, they get behind walls, in attics, basements and crawlspaces where fluffy pink insulation provides the ideal spot for nesting. If you think rabbits multiply, mice can double in population just as easily.

    Once you begin to see evidence of the rodents—usually in the form of tiny black feces no bigger than a sesame seed or holes chewed out of food containers in the pantry—you are going to have to address the problem. While getting rid of the mess of one or two mice is a one-person job, getting rid of many requires the expertise of a professional. While exterminators can come in and eradicate the property of the mice infestation, that is where their job ends—leaving the property owner with the clean up. And if there were a significant number of mice inside the structure, the damage and the clean up are going to be far more than just picking up a few droppings or throwing out food from the pantry.Hint: If you suspect a mice infestation, contact a professional immediately.

    How To Deter Mice From Entering Your Home

    • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home or building.
    • Do not leave doors open and this includes the bulkhead.
    • Keep trash in secure buckets outside and away from the house.
    • Dispose of trash on a regular basis.
    • Store firewood at least 20 feet from the home or building.

    SERVPRO recently has been called onto jobs where the rodents had a field day, practically establishing an entire condominium complex inside the rafters of the basement. They damaged the insulation and contaminated large portions of the property. Our team comes in and removes the killed rodents—exterminators usually set traps containing poison that, once eaten, kill the creatures immediately which leaves a pungent odor. We also dispose of their feces and any contaminated insulation. Lastly we, sanitizing the framing and studs and replacing the insulation, making it “Like it never even happened.” If you would like help with this type of situation please contact us SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield

    If You See Signs of Mice, Call Us Today – 508-824-0200

    Mansfield Residents: Water heater recall, Rheem, American Standard

    5/31/2016 (Permalink)

    General Mansfield Residents: Water heater recall, Rheem, American Standard Water heater recall: Rheem, America.n Standard. If you need assistance cleaning up call us at 508-339-3595.

    We recently came across this recall from Rheem who issued a recall May 26 on its Rheem Performance Platinum brand of electric water heaters in 40-, 50- and 80-gal. capacities due to fire and burn hazards caused by the overheating of control panels. If you have experienced a fire damage due to your Rheem water heater and need help cleaning up contact SERVPRO of Taunton/Mansfield.  Water Heating Technologies Corp. issued a recall May 24 on its American Standard brand of gas water heaters in 30-, 40- and 50-gal. capacities due to a fire or explosion hazard caused by a space between the burner flange and the combustion chamber.

    Rheem Performance Platinum recall
    The Rheem recall is for 54,000 of its Performance Platinum brand of electric water heaters (40-, 50- and 80-gal.) sold exclusively at Home Depot locations nationwide and online from January 2014 through April 2016 for between $450 and $720. The control panel on the water heaters can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. The firm has received 296 reports of control panels overheating, including one report of a fire which resulted in $5,800 in property damage. No injuries have been reported.  

    Consumers should immediately turn off and stop using the recalled water heaters, and contact Rheem to request a free repair by a Rheem field technician. Call toll-free at 866/369-4786 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT on Sunday, or visit www.rheem.com/recalls.

    If You Need Help After A Fire, Call Us Today – 508-339-3595

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