Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storm Flooding in Southbridge, Ma.

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

After having a flood on your property, you should learn what to do after a storm flooding and learn what not to do after flooding. Below is a list of 5 things you should and shouldn’t do after a flood.

What to do after flooding:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove excess water on furniture and prop up upholstery and cushions.
  • Gather loose items from the floors.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn on air conditioning for maximum drying.

What not to do after flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place
  • Don't leave items on the wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use a household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use any household appliances that have been in contact with the water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet


Have A  Storm Damage Emergency? Call (508) 234-3399

Protecting your house from a snowstorm

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

Snow is a beautiful thing to watch fall but large amounts of snow can be dangerous to one's property. Like any natural weather situation, you should always be prepared for any snow storm damage that could happen. Here are 5 tips and tricks to keep your house safe during a snowstorm:

  1. Keep your exterior vents clear of snow and ice to avoid your furnace from overheating and shutting off. 
  2. Keep your roof clear of snow to avoid a roof cave from heavy snowfalls. (Tip to remove it is to buy a roof snow rake)
  3. Keep a snow shovel or snow blower to clear out your driveway and walkway paths to make a safe entrance out of your house.
  4. If your power goes out and the heating stops working be careful of your pipes from freezing. 

Have A  Storm Damage Emergency? Call (508) 234-3399

Ways to help prevent storm damage

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

Storm damage can be a huge hassle, and no one wants to receive storm damage, especially when it is least expected. Although you can get damaged at any time, there are natural ways you can do to prevent storm damage in your home. Here are some simple tips and tricks to ensure less damage.

  • Inspect your roof and chimney.

The roof is the most important part of your house. It is important to check out your roof to make sure you don’t have any damaged, loose, or missing shingles or tiles. Another component on the roof is the chimney. The chimney receives more damage than the roof because it stands taller. Making sure your chimney has no cracks or broken masonry work will help prevent possible leakage.

  • Maintain trees and vegetation.

Having a beautiful lawn with bushes and trees is lovely, but keep in mind that plants and trees can cause damage to your house if not maintained. Make sure to minimize vegetation near utility pipes and make sure roots don’t damage your pipes and water line.

  • Clean gutters and downspouts.

Gutters will help collect all the water from your roof. Over time, your gutters will fill up with leaves, seeds, and other debris causing a blockage. It is important to clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure the water can flow easily.

  • Remember to check your attic.

Most homeowners don’t go into the attic often and signs of water in the attic are not often found early before the damage is too late.  Water damage in the attic can be an environment for mold to grow. 

Factors of fixing storm flooding in your home.

6/28/2021 (Permalink)

Storm flooding requires urgent attention to prevent mold, structural damage, and bacteria roaming loose. It is important to assess factors, which may vary based on how bad the flooding is.

  • How much water is present

The depth of water standing in your home will determine how much damage it caused and how much insurance it will cover. Water deeper than an inch can cause more structural damage.

  • Category of water

Water can be in the form of sewage, greywater, or black water. Outside water, known as greywater contains microbes while black water contains solid waste.

When flooding hits, don’t wait, SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County will arrive and are ready to start the process of any flooding damage emergency.  

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 234-3399

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for water damage or water damage emergencies.

  • We are water damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

  • We use advanced drying equipment.

Milford - How to prepare yourself for a hurricane.

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Starting this week is Hurricane Prep week, no matter where you are, when hurricane season begins, you should begin to prepare yourself for a hurricane. Doesn’t matter how small or large, a hurricane could possibly impact you. We will be sharing tips to help.

  1. Start by creating an emergency plan for your family and include emergency meeting places.
  2. Have an emergency kit. This could include a backpack, water, non-perishable food, a blanket, etc.
  3. Review your insurance. Look at your policies ahead of time to see what’s covered.
  4. Have an evacuation plan, plan your route, and have an alternate route too.
  5. Get your home ready. Trim your trees and board up your windows.
  6. Know your risks. Hurricanes produce heavy rain, flooding, and strong winds.

If a hurricane hits, and you have storm damage, call SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County. We will be ready to help restore your property and needs.

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 234-3399

  • We are fast to any size disaster

We are available 24/7 just for you, and our team works faster and is always ready for storm damage emergencies.

  • We are storm damage restoration specialists

Our teams have advanced training and expertise.

What to do if you get hit with storm flooding in Templeton, MA?

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

If you're used to Templeton, MA weather, then you probably know that this weather can be inclement, unexpected, and downright stressful. Knowing to call SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County for your remediation services can save you future stress and vulnerability. 

If you get hit with storm flooding here are some tips to do after flooding:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in the summer
  • Gather loose items from the floors

At SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County, any wet upholstery, furniture, boxes, files, and documents can be saved and dried professionally by us. 

Don’t wait and call SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County. We will arrive and are ready to start the process of any flood damage.  

If you need emergency service, Call us 24/7 - (508) 234- 3399

Storm Flooding in Rochdale, MA.

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

After having a flood on your property, you should learn what to do after a storm flooding and learn what not to do after flooding. Below is a list of 5 things you should and shouldn’t do after a flood.

What to do after flooding:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove excess water on furniture and prop up upholstery and cushions.
  • Gather loose items from the floors.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn on air conditioning for maximum drying.

What not to do after flooding:

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place
  • Don't leave items on the wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use a household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use any household appliances that have been in contact with the water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet


Have A  Storm Damage Emergency? Call (508) 234-3399

Protecting your house from a winter storm in Warren, Ma.

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

Snow is a beautiful thing to watch fall but large amounts of snow can be dangerous to one's property. Like any natural weather situation, you should always be prepared for any snow storm damage that could happen. Here are 5 tips and trick to keep your house safe during a snowstorm:

  1. Keep your exterior vents clear of snow and ice to avoid your furnace from overheating and shutting off. 
  2. Keep your roof clear of snow to avoid a roof cave from heavy snowfalls. (Tip to remove it is to buy a roof snow rake)
  3. Keep a snow shovel or snow blower to clear out your driveway and walkway paths to make a safe entrance out of your house.
  4. If your power goes out and the heating stops working be careful of your pipes from freezing. 

If you suffer a disaster for your commercial building, office building or warehouse call us right away and we can be your master of service and cleanup the disaster from water, fire, soot, smoke, sewerage or bodily fluids, call right away we can help you 508-234-3399 24/7

Tropical Storm Watch | Southbridge, MA

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Tropical storm watch, Southbridge, MA Staying informed is one of the most important things you can do during any storm!

In the early morning hours of August 3rd, the National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning/watch throughout Southern New England.

Tropical Storm Warning vs Tropical Storm Watch 

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the next 36 hours. This means winds from 39-73 MPH.

Tropical storm watch means that the tropical storm conditions are possible within the next 48 hours. 

Preparing your home for storm weather 

Keep trees and branches outside your home trimmed back, and if you happen to have some extra time, put your patio furniture inside, in the shed, or secure it down. You won't want to look outside to see your table flying into the neighbor's yard! 

Clean your gutters, this can help prevent water from backing up, and entering your home. 

Take a walk-about of your home and make sure there are no holes or gaps in any windows or doors that could let water in. 

Be sure you have these supplies handy just in case the power goes out:

  • Extra water
  • Batteries 
  • Flash lights 
  • First aid kit
  • Battery powered radio 
  • Extra blankets 
  • Extra (clean) clothes 
  • Games (to keep the kids [and you!] occupied) 
  • Matches
  • Candles 
  • Pet food and water for your pets

To read the full list of suggested items to keep on hand in the case of an emergency, click here.

Driving during severe weather 

Flooding can happen in a matter of minutes after heavy rains begin. During flooding or heavy rains, if possible, avoid driving through any flooded roadways or puddles. Just 6 inches of water can force your car in any direction and put you in danger. 

If you're driving a larger vehicle (trucks), be aware that the winds will affect you more than smaller cars. It's important that, no matter what size vehicle you're driving, you drive slow. Wind speeds and weather conditions can change in a moments notice. Driving slow can reduce the chances of getting into an accident. 

Staying informed 

It's important to stay informed during times where there is severe weather warnings. Turning on your radio will be the easiest way to get updates on the weather and any changing protocols/ conditions. 

If your home or business suffers from any storm damage in the next upcoming days, or any time, give us a call at 508-234-3399, we're here in your community, here to help 24/7 !! 

For more storm preparedness information visit:

https://www.weather.gov/safety/thunderstorm-prepare

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/before.html

Thunderstorms - Uxbridge MA

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

This past weekend, we experienced a ton of rain and wind in the Uxbridge area and we are expecting some more in the next few days. 

Preparing for a thunderstorm 

Learn about your community's emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms. 

Discuss thunderstorm safety with each member of your household, especially children. 

Pick a safe spot inside for the family to gather during a storm. This spot should be away from any windows or glass doors. 

Make a checklist of any items you may want to bring inside or put in the shed before the storm comes. 

Protect your fur babies the same way you would protect the rest of your family. Keep them indoors during any heavy rain and wind. 

Always have a first aid kit handy.

During a thunderstorm 

Keep updated on the news, listen for emergency updates, and keep your eye on the sky. 

If you see any changes to the sky, or hear any weather reports and you're planning on doing anything outside, it's best to postpone your outdoor plans for another day. 

If you're outside when it begins to thunder, seek shelter ASAP.

If you can hear thunder, you're close enough to be in danger of lightning. The American Red Cross says "if thunder roars, go indoors! 

DO NOT take a bath or shower during a thunderstorm. If your house is struck by lightning and you are in the shower, you are at risk of being struck. 

After a thunderstorm or heavy rains

Stay away from any storm damaged areas. 

Keep a close eye on your pets 

NEVER drive through a flooded street. You may not know how deep the water will be.

If your Uxbridge home or business suffers from any damage 

Give us a call at (508) 234-3399, we're here in your community to help 24/7! 

To learn more about our Storm Restoration services, click here

Massachusetts Lightning Safety Awareness Week

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

This year, lightning safety awareness week falls on June 22nd-26th. 

While we all love to spend time outdoors during the summer months in New England, did you know that the summertime is the peak season for lightning??

According to the National Weather Service:

  • 25 million lightning strikes occur in the US each year 
  • In the past 30 years, the US has an average of 47 fatalities per year caused by lightning 
  • Lightning has injured about 12,000 people
  • It is the cause of around 25,000 fires per year

Lightning can strike up to 25 miles away from the actual storm! This means you could be in danger of a strike even if you aren't in an area where the storm is over. If you can hear thunder, you are in 'striking distance'. According to the National Weather Service, "When thunder roars, go indoors" and stay inside until 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder. 

What if I am outdoors before/during/after a storm??

If you are planning on being outdoors this summer, be sure you update yourself, friends, and family (whoever you're outdoors with) with the latest weather forecast before heading out on your hike, walk, bike ride... The NWS recommends taking a portable NOAA Weather Radio or AM/FM radio with you on your trip to keep up to date. 

When you arrive at your destination, be sure to look for somewhere you can find shelter in the case of a storm, and how long it would take you to get to this shelter. Keep an eye on the sky for any changing conditions. If you hear thunder or see lightning or dark clouds, immediately get to your place of shelter. 

  • If there is no actual building/shelter, a vehicle will be your next best option. 

During a storm 

Avoid using any landline phones. This is one of the leading causes of injuries. You can use your cellphones, but not while they're on the charger 

Don't touch any electrical equipment. Using a TV, computer, appliance, could put you more at risk for a lightning strike. 

Water and plumbing appliances are great conductors for electricity. Avoid washing dishes or showering during a thunderstorm. 

If you're inside a vehicle, be sure your windows are up! 

 For more information on lightning, lightning safety, and statistics, visit the National Weather Service online!!

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!! 

Winter Weather Warnings and What They Mean - Boylston

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Winter Weather Warning Photo: https://www.skooknews.com/2017/03/winter-weather-advisory-issued-through.html

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 

OR

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

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

- Winds of 58 or more MPH

OR

- 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

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Fiskdale - 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 

WHAT IS STORM DAMAGE?

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.

WHAT IS FLOOD DAMAGE?

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.

Winter Storm Warning - Massachusetts

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

There is a winter storm warning in effect until 7AM Tuesday, December 3rd. 

Heave snow is expected to fall with accumulations of 4 - 10 inches. 

This could impact travel and early morning and after work commutes. 

  • Keep a flashlight, food, and water in your car in case of an emergency.

Stay indoors during the storm.

If you are outside, walk very carefully if the road or sidewalk is icy.

Before you head out on the road, let someone know where you are headed and what time you will get there. Just in case your car gets stuck. 

When you are shoveling the snow, be sure to take breaks in between. 

Always stay dry, as leaving wet clothes on can cause you to lose body heat, increasing the risk of hypothermia. 

At SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County, we always want you and your families to be as safe as possible during winter storms. If your home suffers from any water damage due to snow melting, call us at (508) 234-3399 or visit our website.

For more information about the winter storm warning click here.

Before Storms - Webster, MA

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County wants you to be safe and stress-free this summer. Call us at 508-234-3399

Although a disaster can strike at any moment, that does not mean you and your family cannot be SERVPRO ready. Here are a few SERVPRO tips.

  1. Make sure you and your loved ones have a plan of action. Build an emergency supply kit and make a family communication plan for when storm strikes. It doesn't need to be written down, but as long as you all are aware of protocol that's what matters..
  2. Next, remove tree branches and debris that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
  3. Make sure outdoor events and activities are postponed. 
  4. 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
  5. Secure outdoor objects, like tables and chairs. Bring umbrellas inside, since they're prone to flying away and the cause of many past beach injuries (After all, have you been to Webster Memorial Beach???)
  6. Seek shelter in your home, business, or car (a convertible will not help you in this situation). Do not stay outside.
  7. Close windows and doors. Close window blinds, shades, curtains.
  8. Unplug any electronic equipment and keep a portable charger handy in case of power outage.

Visit The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website at www.ready.gov.

The World Didn't End in 2012, But This Storm Made It Seem That Way...

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane Sandy provided the Southern Worcester County community with a wake-up call to get that flood insurance!

SERVPRO is the official cleanup and restoration crew of the PGA Golf Tour, and there’s no wonder why. We have over 1500 franchises throughout North America. We’re faster and ready whenever, and we were back in 2012, too.

Hurricane Sandy was arguably the most damaging storms in Massachusetts history, or at least one of them. Being a coastal state, Massachusetts floods and storms are common - it’s nothing new. Starting as a tropical Depression off the coast of Nicaragua on October 22, then by October 26 it swept over Jamaica and continued North to the United States. Sandy’s power kept fluctuating from a tropical depression to a Category 1 Hurricane. As a result, Amtrak services stopped, Logan Airport cancelled its flights, the MBTA stopped running, and many other transportation services throughout Uxbridge and Southern Worcester County were delayed and cancelled. Countless universities in Massachusetts and New England cancelled classes and events. Sandy was so detrimental because people were not informed of how bad it was going to be. There were literally hundreds of thousands without power – roughly about 380,000.

The lesson for homeowners and business owners is to get flood insurance, especially in the coastal state of Massachusetts. Floods are not usually covered by regular insurance, so be sure to take initiative and get that coverage. Hurricane Sandy is a prime example of what happens when the community is ill-prepared. Natural disasters can happen anywhere and anytime.

Check out this 2012 article for reference: https://www.boston.com/uncategorized/noprimarytagmatch/2012/10/29/hurricane-sandy-slams-massachusetts-hundreds-of-thousands-lose-power

To view more information on the storm damage services we offer, visit our Storm Damage page on www.SERVPROsouthernworcestercounty.com

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SWC WHY SERVPRO

SERVPRO is an industry leader in disaster cleanup and restoration of both homes and commercial properties, like Harry’s Pizza in Uxbridge, MA. Of course if you have never had to call SERVPRO or you don’t know any friends or family who have used SERVPRO in the past then you might not be aware of everything SERVPRO has to offer for your commercial or residential fire, water, smoke, or storm damage.

What sets us apart:

  • Services to homes, apartments, businesses, schools, hospitals, and other residential and commercial properties

Throwback Thursday – Storm Damage Uxbridge MA

SERVPRO is the official cleanup and restoration crew of the PGA Golf Tour, and there’s no wonder why. We have over 1500 franchises throughout North America. We’re faster and ready whenever, and we were back in 2012. We have the most advanced equipment to get any cleaning or restoration job done fast and hassle-free. Our team is caring, smart, and we know what we need to do to make our customers happy.

Perhaps Hurricane Sandy was the most damaging storms in Massachusetts history, or at least one of them. Being a coastal state, Massachusetts floods and storms are common - it’s nothing new. Starting as a tropical Depression off the coast of Nicaragua on October 22, then by October 26 it swept over Jamaica and continued North to the United States. Sandy’s power kept fluctuating, going from a Depression, a category 1 hurricane then back to a tropical depression thereafter. Sandy definitely did not fit into one specific category, and it a cold front sweeping off the Atlantic Ocean didn’t exactly help the situation. Sandy was now a super storm hybrid. By the time Sandy hit New Jersey, it was deemed a post-tropical cyclone. You might ask, what’s the difference between a cyclone and a hurricane? It’s just a semantics issue – there’s really no difference between the two. As a result, Amtrak services stopped, Logan Airport cancelled its flights, the MBTA stopped running, and many other transportation services throughout Uxbridge and Southern Worcester County were delayed and cancelled. Countless

It is always wise for business owners and homeowners is to get flood insurance - floods can happen anywhere and for a variety of reasons not just related to storms. Floods aren't usually covered by regular insurance, so be sure to take initiative and get that coverage for your family or business. Hurricane Sandy is a prime example of what happens when the community is ill-prepared. Natural disasters can happen anywhere and anytime.

Wind Advisory Information

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Wind Advisory

Sustained winds 25 to 39 mph and/or gusts to 57 mph. Issuance is normally site specific.

Extreme Wind Warning

Extreme Wind Warning (EWW) informs the public of the need to take immediate shelter in an interior portion of a well-built structure due to the onset of extreme tropical cyclone winds. An EWW for extreme tropical cyclone winds should be issued when both of the following criteria are met:

  1. Tropical cyclone is a category 3 or greater on the Saffir Simpson hurricane scale.
  2. Sustained tropical cyclone surface winds of 100 knots (115 mph) or greater are occurring or are expected to occur within one hour.

Gale Watch

A watch for an increased risk of a gale force wind event for sustained surface winds, or frequent gusts, of 34 knots (39 mph) to 47 knots (54 mph), but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain.

Gale Warning

A warning of sustained surface winds, or frequent gusts, in the range of 34 knots (39 mph) to 47 knots (54 mph) inclusive, either predicted or occurring, and not directory associated with a tropical cyclone. 

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Tips for Protecting Your Business and Home

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Protecting Your Business

  1. Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries. 
  2. Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 
  3. Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present. 
  4. Ask us about starting a Disaster Recovery Plan for your business.

Protecting Your Home

  1. Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes. 
  2. Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through un-heated or un-insulated areas of your home. 
  3. Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off."
  4. If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off. 
  5. Ensure gutters are clean and secure. leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage. 
  6. Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puff-backs. 

Storm Damage - Oxford, MA

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to is pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond with the right resources in a timely manner, which is extremely important in the case of a disaster. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the cost of restoration services.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at (508) 234-3399!

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Preventing Frozen Pipes

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

As the cold winter months rapidly approach us, frozen pipes become a regular occurrence throughout the region. Since water stored in these pipes expands once frozen, the expansion places pressure on the containing pipe, including both metal and plastic pipes. This pressure can cause the pipes to crack and break, potentially causing a problem to you and your home. To ensure that this does not happen once the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, here are some basic preventative tips:

  • Drain the water from all pool and sprinkler supply lines.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses that are used outdoors. Also, be sure to close the inside valves supplying the outdoor hose spouts. Keep these open to allow all the water remaining in the pipe to drain.
  • Know where your water supply lines are in unheated areas. Make sure these pipes are insulated, to ensure the security and safety of them.
  • Think about insulating water pipes with materials such as pipe sleeve(s) or heat tape and cable to protect pipes that are exposed. This can serve as an extra barrier for extreme freezing weather.
  • Keep your garage doors closed.
  • Keep your thermostat at the same temperature during the daytime and nighttime. If you are away from your home for an extended period of time, be sure to set the temperature in your home no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit (American Red Cross).

Here at SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County, we want you and your family to be prepared for the worst, as the weather rapidly drops to freezing temperatures. By ensuring that your pipes are up to the proper safety specifications, you will hopefully survive the winter seasons without having to worry about a broken pipeline.

If you have any questions or concerns, call us at (508) 234-3399 or visit our website.

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Before the Storm - Douglas, MA

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Although a disaster can strike at any moment, that does not mean you and your family cannot be SERVPRO ready. Via our corporate headquarters, here are a few tips that you can do to minimize the potential for a loss:

  • First, you should build an emergency supply kit and make a family communication plan.
  • Next, remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
  • Postpone outdoor activities.
  • Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Remember, rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning. However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
  • Finally, unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives.

If you would like to learn more, please visit FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) at www.ready.gov.

Emergency Response - Milford, MA

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to our latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens” speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

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.

A no cost assessment of your facility.

This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.

A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.

A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.

This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.

Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.

You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.

Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.

Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

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Tornado Facts!

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Tornadoes are arguably nature's most violent storms. Generated from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes generally appear as rotating, funnel-shaped clouds extending from the closed base to the ground. With winds that can reach up to 300 miles per hour, tornadoes can cause massive destruction within seconds. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and fifty miles long.

  • The average tornado moves southwest to northeast, but tornadoes have been known to move in any direction.
  • The average forward speed of a tornado is 30 miles per hour, but may vary from stationary to 70 miles per hour. 
  • Tornadoes can accompany tropical storms and hurricanes as they move onto land.
  • Tornadoes are most frequently reported east of the Rocky Mountains during spring and summer months.
  • Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

If a storm does happen to occur, please don't hesitate to contact us at (508) 234-3399!

Sewage Cleanup & Restoration

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Proper cleanup and remediation of sewer backups are critical aspects of keeping you and your family safe whenever the unexpected occurs. These backups should be considered an emergency because the water that is exposed may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes. Being said, water damage can be classified by three types of contaminated water: 

Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into either a category 2 or 3, depending on the length of time. Also taken into consideration is the temperature and contact with surrounding contaminants. An example includes the water from a clean source like a broken water line.

Category 2: "Gray Water"

Category 2 water is contaminated and can cause serious discomfort and illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow. 

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams; water from beyond the toilet trap; water from the toilet bowl with feces; or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth. 

Don't take the risk. When a water backup of any kind occurs due to inclement weather, please contact SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County at (508) 223-3399 or visit our website.

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Flooding - South in Baton Rouge - SERVPRO is Here to Help

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

Team green rolling into Baton Rouge, here to help those in need. #ServproCares — at I-12 Baton Rouge.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

Water Restoration Process

The water damage restoration process begins with a detailed inspection of your property, including a damage assessment. The SERVPRO Franchise Professional is determining the scope of the damage so he or she can develop an appropriate plan of action.

They Identify and Stop the Water Source

They check for the source of water in your home and business and stop it. The water source must be stopped before the drying process can begin.

  • Stop the Source
  • Check for Contaminated Water

They Identify the Type of Water

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals must identify the category and classification of water to restore your property safely to industry specifications. The type of water contamination will affect the specific restoration processes used to restore your property.

  • White / Category 1 Water
  • Gray / Category 2 Water
  • Black / Category 3 Water

They Survey the Extent of the Water Damage and Inspect the Premises

They inspect and test your home to discover the extent of the damage. Additionally, they will look for safety concerns and explain them to you. If you are aware of any safety issues, such as asbestos or lead, please share them.

  • Survey Damage
  • Complete Safety Inspection

They Move or Block Furniture

They move furniture and property contents and block items to help prevent rust or furniture stains on wet carpet.

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Melting Snow on Roof

1/26/2016 (Permalink)

Melting Snow on Roof

Once the snow from the storm on your roof starts to melt, look for signs of leaking or flooding. If you see water stains on ceilings or walls it could be wet inside the ceilings or walls. This can occur on commercial or business roofs as well as homes.

If you need disaster clean up & restoration let us help you.

Snow removal from roofs is a dangerous job. Be careful and be safe... Call SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County @ 508-234-3399!