Recent Storm Damage Posts

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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Commercial Cleanup and Restoration From Storm

3/14/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Cleanup and Restoration From Storm

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed for your commercial building in Milford. You need SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County to respond right away and get moving fast. We are ready and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County @ 508-234-3399!

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Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

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!