Recent Storm Damage Posts

Things to Do to Be Prepared in the Event Your Home is Affected by a Hurricane

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Things to Do to Be Prepared in the Event Your Home is Affected by a Hurricane

Take inventory. “The last thing you want to be doing after you’ve been affected by a hurricane is to try to remember everything you had in the house. Having an inventory will make the process of getting through the claim and getting back to normal so much easier.” Keep the inventory list in a safe place away from your home like a safe deposit box.

Update your insurance. Make sure you have the right amount of insurance, and fill in a few key gaps in coverage.  Call your Insurance Agent for more information.

SERVPRO® of Taunton/Mansfield will work with your insurance and try to make things go as smoothly as we can for you. Faster to Any Disaster

Source: Kiplinger

Protecting Your Roof During a Hurricane

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Protecting Your Roof During a Hurricane

Protect your roof. Consider hurricane straps to ensure your roof is bolted to the rest of your house. And inspect your roof tiles or shingles to make sure they are secure. Use roofing cement to fix any loose tiles to prevent them from becoming lethal projectiles during a storm and damaging the underlying roofing material. Seal any areas where wires enter the home, minimizing the chance of water damage during heavy wind and rain.

Trim your trees. Broken limbs could land on your (or your neighbor’s) roof/house or become missiles that can break windows during a storm. If your tree damages your house or a neighbor’s house, your insurance cover the damages, but it may pay only a portion.

If your home is damaged during a Cape Cod area storm, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Upper Cape Cod and the Islands.  Faster to Any Disaster

Source: kiplinger.com

Securing Your Home for Hurricanes

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

Securing Your Home for Hurricanes

Brace your garage door to prevent more-extensive damage.  Most garage doors are not reinforced, and when the wind gets into the garage, it creates a positive push at the same time that the wind swirling above the structure creates a negative pull. That push-pull combination can cause the roof to fly off. Find a kit that you can buy at home-improvement stores to brace your garage doors.

Secure your windows and doors. Broken windows can let in wind and rain, and they can also increase the pressure under the roof. Storm shutters provide the best protection, but boarding up windows when a storm is on the way can help, too. Make sure doors have several locking mechanisms so they don’t fly open; deadbolts are best. And it’s important to secure windows and doors at all sides of the home -- not just the one facing the body of water where hurricanes could form -- because hurricanes can swirl in any direction.

Source: kiplinger

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.

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.

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.

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