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Thunder storms in Worcester, MA

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

Image of a thunderstorm, multiple lightening strikes Photo from https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hurricanes/archives/2006/hurricane_lightning.html

With springtime finally among us, so are the rain and thunderstorms that come with it! Although thunderstorms are kind of rare in New England, they do still happen! Springtime temps as we know can range to very chilly one moment and the next it could be 60°! 

Thunderstorms need 

  • Moisture
  • Unstable air
  • And lift 

Moisture is needed to form clouds and the rain, unstable air is needed to be warm-ish and rapidly rising. And “lift” can form from sea breezes or mountains! https://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-thunderstorms.htm

Lift- https://study.com/academy/lesson/air-lift-definition-processes.html 

You might not think a thunderstorm is dangerous, but they in fact, are very dangerous! Each and every thunderstorm produces lightning. Lightning is one of the most dangerous killers there is!

Thankfully, in 2020 so far, there have been no lightning related fatalities in the US! https://www.weather.gov/safety/lightning-fatalities 

What causes thunder and lightning?

Thunder is the sound of lightning traveling from the cloud to the ground.

“When a lightning bolt travels from the cloud to the ground, it actually opens up a little hole in the air, called a channel. Once the light is gone the air collapses back in and creates a sound wave that we hear as thunder”  As we know, light travels faster than sound, so the sound of thunder always comes after the lightning strikes! 

How can you tell how far away the storm is??

Count the number of seconds in between when you see the lightning strike and hear the thunder. Take the number of seconds and divide it by 5, that’ll get you how far away the storm is in miles!!

Did you know: lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun?! It can reach up to 50,000°F! 

Be prepared! 

Since spring weather is so unpredictable, it’s important for you to have some type of kit prepared in advance. Planning ahead makes it easier for you and your family in case of an emergency.

Your storm preparedness kit should include:

  • Battery operated flash light
  • Battery operated radio
  • Emergency evacuation plan 
    • Should include a map of your home, with exits and safety routes 
  • A list of 
    • Important contact numbers
    • Insurance information 
    • Medical information 
  • First aid supplies including:
    • Assorted adhesive bandages
    • Antibiotic ointment
    • Gloves
    • Scissors
    • Asprin or another type of pain management 
    • Tweezers 
  • 3-5 day supply of bottled or jugs of water
  • Canned goods 
  • Blankets 

It is important for you and your family to be prepared for whatever could happen! 

Should you need storm damage restoration, call SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County at (508) 234-3399, we're here to help!! 

Auburn Southern Worcester County We're still here for you!

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

Though these times have been rough on us all, SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County is still here in case you need us for a water damage!

We know that if we weren't here and your hot water tank lets go, you'd be stuck between a rock and a hard place trying to clean that water up yourself!! 

Although we are in the middle of a pandemic right now, we don't want our community members wondering who to call if there's a water emergency. 

We're here! We'll take proper precautions before, during, and after the cleanup and restoration process. Don't be scared if we're asking you a bunch of weird, COVID-19 related questions when you call, this is just to protect our safety and health as well as yours! 

We will still take care of your water damage as if it was a normal day! 

Call SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County at (508) 234-3399 we're available 24/7 to help you! 

SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County can do more than just restoration

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Although you may know us as "fire and water restoration" we do much more than that! Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting are some of our other strong suits. 

We're here to help you and your business to address bacteria and other pathogens to keep you healthy! 

We use an EPA-approved disinfectant so you're not breathing in any chemicals. It is a plant based cleaner! 

We are capable of cleaning from top to bottom at your:

- School

- Restaurant

- Retail store

- Town or city hall

- Hospital

- Office 

and more! 

We will sanitize the "high touch" areas with care! High touch areas include 

- Doorknobs

- Light switches

- Faucets and toilets 

- Computers / keyboards 

- Desks 

- and more!

To find out more about our proactive cleaning measures and how we can help you and your business, call us at (508) 234-3399. Click here for more of our cleaning services. We'd be happy to help!! 

Auburn - What to do while social distancing at home

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

Working from home, school's closed? What do I do now?? 

Staying home for a while might get boring after a bit. We're here today to give you some suggestions on what to do while you're at home staying healthy! 

Start spring cleaning! There's no excuse now :)

Start a blog or journal! Write down your daily routine, how you're feeling...

Read that book you bought 2 months ago and never started

Have a "spa day" with face masks, moisturizer, maybe paint your nails! 

Make a meat and cheese board and pretend you're at a fancy-schmancy restaurant 

Do some yoga! YouTube has some great follow along videos!

Go through your clothes and junk drawers, see what you actually still need. Make a bag/box of items to donate! 

Have a bake-off! 

Watch that movie on your 'watch list' that you haven't had time to watch. Click here for a great list of shows and movies to watch on different streaming platforms! 

Color

FaceTime your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends! 

Cuddle with your cat or dog (or husband/boyfriend/wife/girlfriend) 

Learn a new language 

Work out! Again, YouTube has great follow-along workouts! 

Cook that meal for the family! 

Play cards or board games

Invent a new game! 

Click here for a bunch more ideas for what to do while you're home quarantining 

SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County wishes you nothing but good health and happiness. If you need your business cleaned and sanitized, call us at (508) 234-3399. We have certified products to help stop the spread of germs. 

Spring Cleaning for your Milville Warehouse

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

warehouse shelving and forklift driving by Happy Spring Cleaning!

Spring is (almost) in the air! That also means spring cleaning should be on your to do list at home and at your warehouse! No matter if your warehouse is for building materials, machines, retail warehouse or any other kind of materials, it should be kept clean just like your home! Afterall, it is your business and probably your “second home”. When you clean your warehouse it’ll improve safety and efficiency!

First things first, get the dust, debris, and trash out! 

Since the winter season is dying down (even though we got minimal snow) there is probably still salt, mud, dirt and other “dirt” inside your warehouse making it look less than attractive. Alongside not making it look clean, the dirt and debris can get into machinery, possibly causing the gears to have problems and other issues can come into play. 

Like at home, taking the trash out when its cold, wet, or dark out seems less than appealing to do. But if you do it right away, you won’t come into work to it the next day! Rather than letting trash and scraps pile up in the back of the warehouse, take care of it right away so you don’t have a huge pile to get rid of at the end of the day/week/month. 

If your budget doesn’t allow for calling a cleaning company in, you can use your staff to help out with the cleaning! Make it fun for them so it’ll get done efficiently and no corners will be cut.

  • Split the staff up into teams
  • Assign them each a task
  • Have an incentive at the end for each team!

Deadlines

One good way to avoid doing a few days of just cleaning at the warehouse, set goals and deadlines. Have certain tasks done by a certain date or day of the week. This’ll make it easier to do “spot cleaning” or cleaning as you go.

If your warehouse requires more help than just you and your team (not that you can’t handle it) SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County offers commercial cleaning services! Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help make it easy for you and we'll do the cleaning! 

If you have any suggestions or anything you’d like to learn about from us, send us an email or send us a message on Facebook!

How SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County Handles Mold

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

How common is mold??

Mold is actually VERY common! Mold spores are present everywhere, inside and outside. 

Mold will form those spots we can actually see because when the humidity, moisture, and temperature are all just right, the spores will form into colonies. AKA those black or green spots we see on ceilings, walls, floors etc.

Mold can intrude onto your home through windows, vents, HVAC systems, clothes, shoes and even pets! 

Humidity

To prevent mold from being a nuisance in your home or business you can:

- Control humidity levels 

- Clean and dry after any flooding, major spills, or other liquid related issues

- Fix leaking roofs, pipes, and windows

- Properly ventilate cooking, showering, and washing areas 

The ideal indoor humidity should be between 30% and 50% 

A hygrometer measures temperature and relative humidity.   

Humidity & outdoor temperature cheat chart:

Outdoor temp over 50° - indoor humidity shouldn't exceed 50%

Outdoor temp over 20° - indoor humidity shouldn't exceed 40%

Outdoor temp between  10° and 20° - indoor humidity shouldn't exceed 35%

Remediation Process

At SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County, we're trained to handle every type of unique mold situation we may encounter!

We'll start with an assessment of the property and detect any mold and any hidden sources of moisture. 

Before we begin the remediation process, we will contain the area(s) to prevent the spread of any airborne spores throughout the home or building. 

Each type of mold and situation is different, so this will help to determine what process and treatments we will use. 

Antifungal and antibacterial treatments will be applied to eliminate any mold and future mold from growing. At this time we will also begin to clean / disinfect your furniture, clothes, and any other items that may have been affected by mold exposure. 

Contact us today if you've encountered mold in your home or business! We can handle it all! (508) 234-3399 

Preventing Dryer Fires in your Webster home

2/25/2020 (Permalink)

You are at a higher risk of having a dryer fire if you don't clean your lint filter and dryer vents. Be sure you clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry goes in.

When you own a home, there are some things you just know you should take care of... gutters, changing air filters etc. But how much time do you think about cleaning your dryer vent? 

According to the US Fire Administration, around 2,900 fires a year are caused by clothes dryers.

Signs you need to clean your vent:

- Clothes are taking longer to dry than usual. 

- Clothes have an unpleasant kind of burnt smell.

- Laundry room feels more hot and stuffy than usual.

What can happen if you don't clean your dryer vent:

- Fires

- Excessive wear and tear on your dryer

- Higher than normal utility bills

Most of us assume that the lint filter catches ALL the lint from the load of laundry. This is not true. A large amount of lint gets built up inside the actual dryer vent/trap and duct. 

Use a vacuum attachment to remove any excess lint built up in the vent (under the trap). And always clean the lint trap after/ before each load. 

Cleaning dryer ducts:

Disconnect and clean the duct on a regular basis, or hire a professional to do so. This will drastically improve your dryers performance and reduce the risk of a fire. 

Check out this video for a more in-depth tutorial on getting all that lint out of your ducts and trap! 

PS life hack: take all that lint from the dryer, and make fire starters!

Household Item Spotlight for Auburn

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Today, we're going to talk about some items you probably already have in your home, and other things they're great for! 

Ketchup

You probably have a bottle of ketchup sitting in the door of your fridge right now. Besides being great to dip your fries in, ketchup is an excellent cleaner for copper and brass. Put a thick layer of ketchup to your copper or brass, allow it to sit for 30 minutes to a few hours (depending on the dirty-ness). Then use a wet cloth or paper towel to remove the ketchup, and it'll be nice and shiny again!

Olive Oil

Dab or spray a little bit of olive oil onto your stainless steel appliances, then wipe! Go over the area again with a dry cloth to buff it out, now you'll be able to see your reflection in the dishwasher!

Rubbing Alcohol

If the kids just happened to get a hold of some pens and it just so happened to draw all over the bed sheets... rubbing alcohol is a great solution to get those stains out. 

Baking Soda

Baking soda is probably the most versatile household item when it comes to cleaning! It can unclog drains, remove grime, wash walls, and even clean fruits and veggies! 

To clean your fruits and veggies, fill the sink with cold water and 4 tablespoons of baking soda, then soak for 5 minutes, then rinse! Now you can enjoy your apples, peppers, berries and all of your other healthy snacks :) 

Vinegar

You can remove that yellow/ orange soap scum from your shower or bathtub with some vinegar. You can even use the same method for your washing machine. 

Now that you have a few hacks to clean your home basically for free, try out some of these methods, let us know how it went! Send us a message on Facebook with your results! 

Check out last weeks Tip of the Week here

Southern Worcester 24/7 Emergency Water Damage

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County is available 24/7/365 for water emergencies, no matter how big or small. When it comes to water damage, immediate action is crucial to preventing any further damage!

(508) 234-3399 

We're here to answer your calls 24/7. We understand you may be confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to help you through this tough time. SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County highly trained in water damage restoration! Our techs have the knowledge, training, and equipment to get the job done, and keep you satisfied.

When you call us, we will need to get some information from you. This will help determine what kind of equipment we should bring and how many technicians we need to send, so you receive the best care that best suits your situation.

Some questions you will be asked include:

- Your name, address and contact information 

- Your insurance information 

- When did the damage initially occur? 

- What caused the damage? 

- Is there electricity available?

Once we get your information, we can then send out our crews and get the job started!

SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County (508) 234-3399 is here 24/7/365 for YOU! If you suffer from water damage, call us any time, any day, we'll be there to make it "Like it never even happened."

Moving to Spencer, MA?

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

Stack of moving boxes Remember to always lift with your knees, not your back!

Packing Hacks 

Once the joy of closing on your new home settles in, so will the dreaded fear of packing everything, and how you'll do it. 

One of the first things you should do is start collecting boxes. 

Some places you can get boxes for free (or almost free)

  • Liquor stores
  • Grocery stores 
  • Banks 
  • Dollar store 

First things first.... you'll need a "first day" box

Set aside some laundry baskets or boxes and label them "first day, don't pack". Put some toilet paper, cleaning supplies, your bedding. Other things you'll need on your first night(s)

  • Chargers
  • Pet food
  • Purse / wallet 
  • Kids school bags
  • Paper plates / plastic utensils 

When you are labeling boxes, label it with what room it goes to, not what is inside the box. This way you'll be unpacking each room rather than searching for things that go here and there.

- Pack any decor and frames first, but unpack last. 

These are your "non essentials" - go around the house and gather them up, place them on the table and pack it up! (Don't forget to label!) Then when you get to your new place, set those boxes aside for you to decide where you want everything to go after unpacking your essentials. 

- Packing clothes 

Use garbage bags for your hanging clothes... place the bag over with the hangers sticking through, it will make them easy to carry and to put right into your new closet! 

- Jewelry 

Use cling wrap to pack your necklaces, bracelets... It will keep them from tangling together

You can also threat your necklaces through a straw to prevent tangling 

- Dressers

No need to unload your dresser drawers, take the drawers out, load up your dresser, then put the drawers back in, and use plastic wrap to keep the drawers shut while moving.

Electronics

Take a picture of the back of your TV and other electronics before unplugging everything, so when you move you'll know exactly what plug goes in what hole

For more tips and tricks for packing click here

If your new home needs a little bit more than a basic cleaning, call us (508) 234-3399 and visit our website for our residential cleaning services