Recent Storm Damage Posts
Storm Damage - Oxford, MA
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.
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!
Preventing Frozen Pipes
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.
Before the Storm - Douglas, MA
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
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.”
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
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.
Wind Advisory Information
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:
- Tropical cyclone is a category 3 or greater on the Saffir Simpson hurricane scale.
- Sustained tropical cyclone surface winds of 100 knots (115 mph) or greater are occurring or are expected to occur within one hour.
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.
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.
Tips for Preparing Your Business & Home for Winter Weather
Protecting Your Business
- 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.
- Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
- 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.
- Ask us about starting a Disaster Recovery Plan for your business.
Protecting Your Home
- Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
- Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
- Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off."
- If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
- 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.
- Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.
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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.
Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration
Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO of has the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County @ 508-234-3399!
SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County Franchise Professionals
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
Once the snow from the storm on your roof startes 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 buisness 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!