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Shark Warning! - Orleans, MA

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

There have been multiple sightings of sharks this summer so far, which sparks great concern over swimming at the beach and other marine activities like boating or sailing. These sightings have caused two Massachusetts beaches to close its swimming. The first sighting of a shark was in Orleans at Nauset Beach. Another shark was spotted near Marconi Beach.

Two people were attacked by sharks last year, resulting in one death, so surveillance and caution is increased for this summer. Always make sure to not go too far out where its difficult to make it back to shore. Use caution and look out for your loved ones who are swimming too.

To view local shark sightings - view the "Sharktivity" Map!

Shark Sighting Article posted August 17th: https://www.pressherald.com/2019/08/17/sharks-prompt-swimming-bans-at-massachusetts-beaches/

Signs of Heat Exhaustion - Dudley

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Heat Safety

Heat waves are characterized by three or more consecutive days above 90 degrees. Massachusetts and New England states are experiencing high temperatures (with high humidity), so use caution.  There are many types of heat-related symptoms and illnesses that can be fatal. The next time it's hot out, look for these symptoms of excessive heat.

Heat Cramps - These are muscular spasms in the abdomen or legs (most common) due to sweating excessively from the heat. Resting in a cool place and drinking plenty of water and electrolytes will stop symptoms.

Heat Exhaustion - This happens often when people are doing strenuous outdoor activities in the heat - this is a major "no-no". When it's hot, its best to avoid over-exerting your body. A person experiencing heat exhaustion can exhibit pale or red skin,  headache, and dizziness. 

Heat Stroke - This is very scary and life-threatening if nothing is done about it. This happens when the body's vital organs shut down. This is characterized by very high body temperature, vomiting, confusion, seizures, and rapid/weak pulse.

Mold Remediation Products for Your Auburn Business

7/25/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation products for cleaning your Uxbridge or Dudley home.

Summers in Southern Worcester County communities like Whitinsville can rain substantially, storms/hurricanes may pass through, it's very hot, and there could be high-humidity levels. This is a mold spores dream! Mold substantiates in this climate so it is important to keep your business clean and be on the lookout for signs of microbial growth.

SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County is proactive with mold situations since it only takes 48 hours for mold to spread significantly throughout your home or business.  

CONCROBIUM® MOLD CONTROL

This product is odorless and is cool because once applied to the affected area of microbial growth, it acts as a shield to encapsulate and destroy the spores. This anti-microbial barrier effectively arrests mold growth in your home or business.

Shelf life = 2 years

Uses: mold remediation, odors, pre-treatment of building materials

SPORICIDIN® ENZYME MOLD STAIN CLEANER

This product is not a disinfectant and only used as a pre-measure. Sporidicin ingredients consist of 3 enzymes and surfactants- protease, amylase, and lipase. Protease is an enzyme which breaks down protein, Amylase breaks down starch into sugar, and surfactants that decrease surface tension. This product works well with smoke, sewage, blood stains, pet stains, odors, and other chemicals. You do not have to scrub this product, which takes away some work for us Massachusetts folks because who wants to spend time scrubbing? Being non-hazardous and eco-friendly, Sporicidin is part of EPA’s Safer Choice environmentally friendly cleaning products program.

shelf life - 4 years

Covers up to 400 square feet

CONCROBIUM® MOLD STAIN REMOVER

 This products primary purpose is mold removal. This removes mold quickly and efficiently. This product is simple to use because no scrubbing is required – instead it can be applied and left to dry. You can wipe off the excess product or you can use a HEPA vacuum and voila! Your mold issue is resolved by SERVPRO. It covers 300-400ft in area.

shelf life - 2 years

SPORICIDIN® MRC - 80 (CLEAR)

Once applied, it takes the form of a protective shield which will penetrate porous materials and restore/ maintain their integrity. Once applied it adheres to any surface.

When your Auburn or Uxbridge, Massachusetts home or business is in need of mold remediation services, give us a call at 508-223-0505 or visit our website.

Water Damage & Equipment Spotlight - Auburn, Ma

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Auburn and SERVPRO was ready fast! 508-234-3399!

SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County was called to this Auburn residence earlier this year to mitigate in water damage in the home. 

From the pictures, you can see how damaged this home had been. Wet, dirty footprints covering the carpet and the garage was a wet disaster too. SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County arrived at the home and successfully cleaned and restored the residence to its preloss condition. 

For deodorization after water mitigation (extraction and humidification) air-scrubbers are an important tool. Water damage can leave behind unpleasant odors from wet contents or due to post-water microbial growth. 

SERVPRO Model 780 Hydroxyl Generator 

  • 100% safe for occupied areal use 
  • produces no ozone 
  • comes with an efficient & washable electrostatic filter 
  • 5000 CFM Fan
  • Treats 40,000 Cubic Feet 

Red Sox Giveaway - Auburn, MA

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

Red Sox Giveaway Booth This Friday, July 19 at Peabody Supply Co-Auburn.

Have you ever been to a Boston Red Sox game? Fenway Park is magical and nostalgic for many - the smell of fresh roasted peanuts, beer, hot dogs, and an open field. There's even a chance you can catch the flying ball. It's America's pastime for a reason, which is why we are making an exciting announcement.

We at SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County are excited to announce that we are doing a BOSTON RED SOX GIVEAWAY. We know Massachusetts residents like free stuff (who doesn't?) so we are serving you guys 2 Red Sox tickets at Fenway Park July 31st at 7:10PM. The game will be against the Rays. Bring your friend, spouse, or colleague to this exciting home game at Fenway!

This Friday 8:30am - 12:30pm: 

Samantha and Mike from the marketing team will be at Peabody Supply Co- Auburn (101 Milbury Street, Auburn, MA). You'll see our SERVPRO green tent, table and our signature-SERVPRO truck! Come say hi and enter our giveaway for FREE! 

At SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County, we don't just aim to restore your property after water or fire damage. We also serve our community. People like you who make our business thrive, and it's only right that we give back to our community. 

#SERVPROSoxGiveaway #RedSoxGiveaway 

Signs of Drowning - Webster, MA

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County Wishes Everyone a Safe and Happy Summer!

Being a coastal state, Massachusetts summers are full of beaches, pools, hot weather, and sun. SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County always tries to inform the community of safety hazards. A cause of death especially during the summer months is drowning. Next time you're at Memorial Beach in Webster, remember these signs so you can save a life. After all, it might be your loved one who's in danger. Note that if you bring your children to the beach, watch them carefully - it is not easy to spot somebody drowning.

Warning Signs

  • persons mouth and head are below water
  • person is vertical
  • head and mouth are under water
  • do not just expect someone drowning to yell and wave their hands back and forth - that's just for the movies. Drowning is usually silent.
  • person drowning might have their arms forward or on their side in an effort to paddle up to the surface.

Tip: Especially if you are a parent or guardian, it is imperative to know CPR to save a child's life.

Note - It can take a child only 20 seconds to drown, and 60 seconds for adolescents. (source - https://www.popsci.com/identify-prevent-drowning/)

Try to spot the child drowning in this educational video: https://www.popsci.com/identify-prevent-drowning/

Source: https://slate.com/technology/2013/06/rescuing-drowning-children-how-to-know-when-someone-is-in-trouble-in-the-water.html

As always, if you are experiencing water or dire damage and need mitigation services (residential or commercial), please call us 508-234-3399! Visit our website: https://www.SERVPROsouthernworcestercounty.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning 

Cleaning Smoke & Soot in Your Northbridge Commercial Property

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

Our crew cleaning and restoring a garage after a fire damage in Northbridge, MA.

Fire damage can wreak havoc on your Northbridge commercial property. it can halt your hours of operation, which negatively effect your business and livelihood. Here are some steps to cleaning Smoke damage in your business. 

Cleaning Smoke Residue in Your Business:

The first step is to find the smoke residue or soot. Next, you must identify the type of residues and the surfaces they're on, because that will make all the difference when trying to get the smoke residue off. The next steps are to remove the residues and properly dispose of them.

Finding Residue

First, the estimator must inspect the property and test for smoke to determine exactly what services are necessary for your Northbridge home or business. Restoration technicians should pretest particular items to determine the best restoration procedure for that item (it all depends on the type of fabric/wall/surface you're restoring). 

Removing Residues

Residues must be captured before they can be removed. Restorers use air and fluids to release and carry soils away. Vacuuming and dissolving are two ways to contact soils and carry them off to be disposed of.

Vacuuming

Smoke particles are usually dry, so these particles that are attached to surfaces can be removed with substantial vacuum. Moisture contacting the particles can cause them to be absorbed by the surface and be difficult to remove. Always try to vacuum dry smoke residues from a surface before applying wet cleaning products.

Dissolving

Some residues and soils that are not loose particles are strongly attached to their surfaces, so using products to dissolved the residue will make removal a breeze.

Soil-type and surface are two main factors in dissolving soils. Some soils are water-soluble while others are not and require a solvent-based cleaning product. 

Dissolving 3-Steps 

Wash - Apply a cleaning agent to the surface and agitate it to penetrate and loosen soils. Once the soils are dissolved and held in suspension by the cleaning agent, they can be removed.

Rinse - Remove soils with a cleaning solution. This step depends on pressure, absorption, agitation, and airflow of the surfaces and environment.

Dry - Remove the remaining water or moisture and leftover soils from the material. Air movement, heat, and low humidity will allow drying to occur quickly. Use air movers or natural air movement by opening doors and windows, using ceiling fans, or turning on a smoke-free HVAC system.

After the initial steps, our team will come to the exact area where the fire took place and begin careful and efficient mitigation. Our highly-trained crew here at SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County will also look at specifics such as a fire sprinkler system to see where water damage may have taken place in the aftermath of fire damage. We will make sure your business is habitable and safe for employees and customers. We can help with a specific plan to address the commercial fire damage to all the spaces in the business. Then they can help develop a smoke cleaning plan. 

If you're in need of fire damage restoration in your home or business in the Southern Worcester County, Massachusetts area, please give us a call at (508) 234-3399.

50th Anniversary of Walking on the Moon

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

The 50th Anniversary of astronaut Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin will be July 20th, this month. 50 years ago, the Apollo mission became a critical success story and triumph for the United States and the world. People were glued to their television screens as astronauts were risking their lives to go on unknown territory. Before he died, President John F. Kennedy.The Moon landing was orchestrated by NASA's Apollo Space Program. The landed on the moon in 1968, but 6 months later they made their first steps. "One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind." 

At SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County, we strive to reach new heights and set new goals. We didn't walk on the moon but we admire the determination and courage it took to do so. 

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Mold vs Mildew in Your Uxbridge Commercial Building

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Differences between mold and mildew.

Uxbridge, MA is an area where flooding and storm damage is common, since Massachusetts is a coastal state. Mold and mildew are both fungi that thrive in moist, warm environments, so a flooded home in July is a spores dream. Mold and mildew can both be found anywhere both inside and outside. More specifically, they can be found after water or storm damage in your Uxbridge or Northbridge residence/ commercial property

It's important to keep your area clean and inspect it regularly to keep employees, customers, and other personnel safe and not as risk for diseases.

Key Differences 

Mold - Black, yellow, blue or green in color. Mold is sometimes fuzzy or even slimy. Black mold poses a serious risk to our health if inhaled (especially for children and the elderly), and specialized cleaning products and equipment are necessary to halt substantiating growth. 

Mildew - Powdery and lighter in color - usually white or grey. This is a result of fungal growth but can be arrested with common cleaning products from the store and a good scrubbing brush.

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Experiencing mold damage and need mold remediation services? Call SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County at 508-234-3399.

Nate Lashley's Story & Rocket Mortgage Classic Triumph!

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County is a Proud Sponsor of the PGA Tour

Nate Lashley is a 36 year old pro American golfer who was had his fair share of adversity in his life. He started golfing at an early age with the support and help from his loving parents. 

His life would change forever after the 2004 University of Arizona regional match in Oregon. After seeing his parents and college sweetheart, Leslie, after his match Nate would get the horrible news that every son and boyfriend fears. Days after, after worrying about his families whereabouts, they found the bodies of his dad, mom, and girlfriend. They had been in a plane crash near Wyoming. 

After this, he could not be present in the game with everything going on. He chose to try something else, so he began working in real estate by 2012. However, shortly thereafter he realized that he wanted to golf, and that it came naturally to him. He recently won his first match as an alternate in the PGA Golf Tour. His story is inspiring for all of us who have overcome adversity and make it to the other side.

SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County has been a proud partner of the PGA Tour since 2014.