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Cleaning your Dishwasher

1/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Although your dishwasher washes your dishes, it isn’t meant to clean itself. If you want your dishwasher to last, you should clean it at least once a month. Usually they have their own self clean setting like your oven. You’ll just have to dig out the manual.

Grease, soap scum, and food debris will build up in your dishwasher over time. This can create a motherload of germs that you definitely don’t want!

To clean your dishwasher:

  • Clear the drain
    • Remove the bottom rack, clear any food or debris that are caught. This will improve the ability of drainage and increase the efficiency.
  • Put vinegar in the dishwasher
    • Make sure the dishwasher is empty, then put a cup of white vinegar in a (dishwasher safe) container or bowl on the top rack. Run it through a hot water cycle.
    • Vinegar will wash away grease and debris and remove any odors.
  • Rinse with baking soda
    • Sprinkle one cup of baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher. Run a short hot water cycle. This will leave it smelling fresh and looking good as new!

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Puffbacks - Oakham, MA

1/23/2020 (Permalink)

Puffbacks - What are they?

Modern heating systems, although, up to date with technology, can still be faulty.

No matter how new or old your heating system is, when a puffback occurs, this is something that needs to be dealt with by professionals.

A puffback is an explosion inside the burner chamber of your furnace or boiler.

                Furnace – hot air systems

                Boiler – hot water systems

Puffbacks can send smoke and soot through your entire house. 

Puffbacks usually occur in oil-powered systems, in a furnace of boiler fueled with gas, the explosion is usually larger and can cause more damage.

They’re usually caused by lack of maintenance. All heating systems should be inspected and cleaned at least annually by a professional.

Puffbacks can be caused by the two electrodes inside of the burner creating the spark and igniting the oil sprayed into the chamber, to heat the home.  If these electrodes become coated with soot, the oil will fail to ignite.

The next time the burner tries to start, the excess fuel in the chamber will cause the puffback, and send smoke and soot throughout the house.

The walls, ceilings, carpets, and furniture will be coated with soot and smoke. Cleaning up this type of mess isn’t the type of job you can DIY. To get this type of mess cleaned up, you need to call professionals.

SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County will clean your home up after a puff back and make it “Like it never even happened”

(508) 234-3399 

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Heated Blanket Safety - Spencer, MA

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Did you know that electricity is one of the most common causes of home fires?

During the winter months, we all just want to be cuddled up in bed or on the couch with a nice warm blanket. Maybe you even have an electric heated blanket.

When using your heated blanket, it is important to know how to handle the blanket safely to prevent injury or fire.

Even though technology has advanced, you should still take precautions when using one of these blankets.

Fire hazards associated with heated blankets:

  • Be sure all of the wiring components are intact, without fraying, or crimped cords.
  • It is important to make sure your heated blanket is in good condition before you use it.

If you see any signs of damage, do not use it.

Don’t place anything on top of the blanket, it could damage the coils.

Storing your heated blanket: 

Fold the blanket loosely, without and sharp folds.

Store it on a shelf, but without anything on top of it.

Always turn off your heated blanket before going to bed. – a tip from Derek E. Bell: turn it on a half hour before you plan on going to bed, then turn it off before falling asleep. The bed will be warm, and you’ll be safe through the night.

Leaving your heated blanket on for an extended period of time could eventually cause burns to your skin. Nobody wants that to happen! At SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County, we just want you all to be as safe as possible this winter! 

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Give us a call if you need us for any water, fire, or storm related damage to your Spencer, MA home or business! (508) 234-3399 we're here 24/7! 

DIY Faux Wood Beams

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

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If your house needs just a little makeover, and you like the look of exposed wood beams, look no further!! This will give your bedroom, living room, or any room that primitive farmhouse look ??

What you will need to make your DIY faux wood beams:

  • 1x6 inch wood whiteboard planks (cut to length you will need)
  • 2x4 pieces of wood for blocking
  • Brad nailer
  • Nails
  • Table saw
  • Milter saw
  • Air compressor
  • Cordless drill
  • Drill bits
  • 2in long screws
  • 3 – 3 inch lag bolts for each side of the beam
  • Level
  • Measuring tape
  • Ladder
  • Stud finder

Measure the room and decide how many beams you want to install.

Each beam needs 3 pieces of wood to complete one beam.

To prepare the wood, miter 1 piece from each beam of 1x6 on both sides at a 45 degree angle. 1 piece needs to be mitered on the left side at a 45 degree angle, and the other piece on the right. By doing this, it will give the illusion of no seams. Making the beams look real.

Before assembling your beams, stain or paint them first, so you don’t have to while they are already on the ceiling.

While the stain or paint is drying, install the blocking on the walls, where the beams will be secured. Locate the roof trusses or studs. If you can’t you will have to find a different way to secure the beams.

Once you are satisfied with where you want the beams, raise the block one inch to compensate for the thickness of the beam.

To assemble your beams:

Place glue on the right or left mitered piece, attach it to the bottom piece and then nail into place.

Repeat with the other right or left mitered piece.

Push the beams up around your blocks, use a hammer to be sure they are secured. To keep it held up while you are attaching the other side, use a few brad nails. Once you have the other side on, use screws to secure.

To make them look even more authentic, caulk around where the beams meet the walls.

For step by step photos click here

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Winter Weather Warnings and What They Mean - Boylston

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

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When you hear a winter storm warning on the news, we know that it's best to pay attention, but do we know what exactly they mean?

In Massachusetts it's common to see winter storm or weather advisories on the news, but there are many of them and they all have different meanings. 

Here are a few:

Winter Storm Watch:

Issued when there is potential for significant hazardous weather in the next 48 hours. This means winter weather is possible.

Blizzard Warning 

Within the next 12-18 hours the following conditions are expected:

- Sustained winds of 35 or more MPH 

- Snow and or snow blowing reducing visibility to 1/4 or less miles for 3 or more hours

Ice Storm Warning

1/4 or more inches of ice accumulation 

Winter Weather Advisory

Issued for any amount of freezing rain, or 2-4 inches of snow is expected. 

Dense Fog Advisory 

When fog is expected to reduce visibility to 1/4 or less miles over a large area for 2 or more hours

Wind Advisory 

- Sustained winds of 31-39 MPH for an hour or more 


- Wind gusts of 46-57 MPH for any number of hours 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

- Winds of 58 or more MPH


- Hail 1 inch or more in diameter 

Frost Advisory

When the min. temp is forecast to be 33-36 degrees.

For more information about weather advisories click here

SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County is available 24/7 365 for you! No matter if its standing water in your basement or a sewage leak in your commercial building. Call us at (508) 234-3399 

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Cleaning your Front Load Washer

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

Front Load washing machine You should clean your washing machine at least once a month to keep it smelling fresh! Photo:

To keep your washer running and cleaning well, you should clean it at least once a month. Ensuring it smells fresh and preventing any mold. 

- Remove the detergent drawer, clean any attachments.

- Clean the rubber gasket around the drum, as well as the glass on the inside.

- Wipe them with a solution of 3/4 cups bleach and 1 gallon of water

If the washer has a "cleaning" cycle, you can run that. Some machines require specific cleaning products, others suggest using bleach or vinegar. See your machine manufacturers instructions for details. 

If your machine doesn't have a cleaning cycle, you can use vinegar and baking soda. 

Be sure the drum is empty, and sprinkle 1/2 cup baking soda inside the drum. Pour 1 cup of distilled white vinegar into the detergent dispenser. Run the washer on the hot water setting. 

To keep your machine clean between monthly cleanings: 

- Take clothes out as soon as they are done washing 

- Wipe moisture from the drum or gasket 

- Leave the door open between loads 

- Be sure you are using HE detergent if you have an HE machine

SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County will be posting weekly cleaning, DIY, cooking and more homeowner tips every Tuesday. If you have any tips you'd like to read or have any suggestions, let us know on FacebookTwitter, or shoot us an email! 

SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County is here 24/7 365, call us (508) 234-3399 if your Charlton, MA home or business has suffered from a water, fire, or storm related disaster. 

Signs of Water Damage in your Jefferson, MA home

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Stains on your floor or ceiling are good indications of water damage.

When water is contained properly, it can be handled as a minimal threat to your home. When water floods and soaks into your floors and walls, it can develop into a serious concern. Water that isn’t dry and is just sitting (standing water) is an environment waiting for mold to begin growth. Within 48 hours mold can begin its growth.

Here are some tips for detecting water damage in your home.

Look around outside

Take a walk outside of your home, look at the exterior. Any pools of water can indicate poor drainage. Gutter spouts that aren’t moving water far enough away from the house can cause puddles as well. These can threaten your home's foundation if the standing water gets inside.

And you should absolutely check your roof. Common signs of water damage are pools of water, warped or missing shingles.

Check your floors inside

If water damage is present in your floors, it will let itself be known. Tile and wood floors may be cracked or warped. Carpets may be damp, or have raises and soft spots throughout.

Use your sense of smell

Mold will often not be visible to you, so if you smell anything funky it could be a sign of an unwanted intruder… a.k.a. mold. If it has been there for a while, you might have gotten used to it, so step outside first then back in so you will have a fresh sense. When water is stagnate, it is a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. It will produce a very musty smell.

If you do detect mold, exit the home and call a mold remediation professional (508) 234-3399

Be on the lookout for stains

Check the floors, walls, and ceilings, as well as and nooks and crannies. If there are stains around the tub, toilet or sink, that is a sign of water damage. As stated before, stains on the floor, walls, and ceilings are also indicators of water damage.

If you detect any signs of water damage or mold growth in your home, contact SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County at (508) 234-3399. We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Preparing for Natural Disasters - Massachusetts

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Stormy and Blaze alongside a SERVPRO van We're faster to any size disaster!

When a natural disaster threatens our community, it's hard to be prepared. Whether it's a blizzard, heavy rains or strong winds, Mother Nature doesn't usually give us a warning. The time to prepare for a storm is not while it's's now!!

No matter if you live in the North East, or Mid- West, you should always be prepared for any type of disaster. No matter the extent of the damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County is here and ready to help you get your business or home back to its preloss condition!

In 2018, there were 1,797 injuries in the US. 

When you're preparing for a disaster, there are some things you should always have ready:

Family Emergency Plan - This should include places to find shelter, evacuation route from the house, emergency contact numbers.

Be Financially Prepared -  Gather important medical and financial information, keep an emergency savings account, and be sure your insurance will cover your needs!

Pet Emergency Plan - Be sure you and your children know how to get your pet ready and transport them if needed. You should have a kit with items for them such as food, blankets etc. 

Emergency Weather Alerts - FEMA has a mobile app that will notify you of any warnings for 5 locations, as well as provide shelter information. Get the app here

Food and Water

When you are preparing a kit with food be sure the foods:

  • Have a long shelf life
  • Require little to no cooking or refrigeration 
  • Can meet the needs of babies if applicable

Storing Emergency Food:

  • Store foods away from appliances with an exhaust fan, this can cause them to spoil
  • Store away from products such as gasoline and oil, some foods may absorb the smell 

Preparing emergency food:

This may be tough if you have lost power, gas, and water, but having these tools will help

  • Cooking utensils
  • Eating utensils
  • Paper plates, cups, napkins or paper towels
  • Manual can and bottle opener
  • Aluminium foil 
  • Propane or charcoal grill, or camping stove
    • Only use charcoal grills OUTSIDE of your home

Emergency water

You should store at least 1 gallon of water per day for each person and pet. Store more if there are pregnant women, or sick people in the home. You should have at least a 3 day supply stored up now, in case a disaster does strike. 

If your Massachusetts home suffers from a natural disaster, give us a call at (508) 234-3399, we're faster to any size disaster! 

Flood Damage VS Storm Damage

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

If water from flooding or other storm related events affects your Fiskdale business or home, it is important to understand the differences between flood damage and stormwater damage. Keep reading to learn more and how to approach the restoration process (link)


When water from weather events such as a rainstorm enter your building at certain entry points, it is considered stormwater. This water must enter the building  before touching the ground. Such as:

  • Water leaking through the roof after rain or snow melting
  • Water enters through a damaged roof vent
  • Ice dams
  • Hail breaking a window and water enters directly through the window

Usually storm damage will be covered by your business insurance policy. It is a good idea to contact your insurance agent to discuss this coverage, if you do not know.

Once stormwater touches the ground, it is considered floodwater. This is covered differently than stormwater.


The main difference between flood damage and storm damage is determined by the entry point of the water. If it enters the building from ground level or below, it is considered floodwater. Flood damage can be the result of severe weather events or structural failures. Flood water has the highest level of water contamination because it may contain:

  • Sewage
  • Chemicals
  • Other hazardous materials

The cleanup of flood water damage requires experts who are trained in the remediation process. Your insurance policy may not cover this type of damage. Contact your insurance agent to discuss this type of coverage.

At SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County, we understand that every minute your business is closed due to flooding, is revenue lost for you. We will help you get your Fiskdale business back up and running in no time! Call us at (508) 234-3399 if your business suffers from flood or storm damage.

Why SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County?

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County is part of a franchise system with over 40 years of restoration and cleanup services. Our quick and efficient services has earned us the trust of insurance agencies, homeowners, and tragically, the Pentagon. Unfortunately, SERVPRO was called to assist with the restoration of the Pentagon after the tragic event of 9/11. SERVPRO professionals cleaned and restored the facility in just 90 days. 

Whether you know it or not, we are providing services for your friends, coworkers and neighbors. That may be a flood, fire, or cleaning. We will make it "Like it never even happened". 

At SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County we offer:


  • Water Damage
  • Fire Damage
  • Storm Damage


  • Carpet
  • Air Duct
  • Odor Removal 
  • Biohazard and Sewage cleanup 

All of our services apply to commercial buildings as well! 

Give us a call at (508) 234-3399 if you require any of our services! Also visit our website for more in depth descriptions of our services.