Our crew heads to PA for a Storm Event!
4 man crew from Plymouth, MA successfully takes on another Storm Event in South Hills, PA.
(from left to right: Ryan, Nick, Riley and Jay)
South Hills, PA Microburst
On Saturday June 21st, South Hills in PA got hit with a microburst that caused widespread water damage in several of the local homes. One of our crews had just returned from a storm event in Maryland when we heard the news, so the boys weren’t home for long before they packed up the SERVPRO vans again for yet another storm event road trip!
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a microburst as “a violent short-lived localized downdraft that creates extreme wind shears at low altitudes and is usually associated with thunderstorms”. Microbursts are probably of the least acknowledged weather phenomena; however, they can be quite destructive. Wind speeds associated with microbursts can reach up to 100 mpg or higher and are usually less than or equal to 2.5 miles in diameter. Unlike tornadoes, microburst winds travel down and outward (and do not rotate). They usually occur during thunderstorms and come with little to no warning.
Most of the damage our crew encountered in the South Hills area was a result of sewage water flooding caused by the microburst. Sewage water is also commonly referred to as Category 3 water or black water. Black water is highly unsanitary, and is known to contain pathogenic, toxigenic, or other harmful agents. Black water damage restoration should always be handled by professionals (like us!).
In some cases, homes affected by water damage can be dried out and the materials (such as the carpets and pads) can be salvaged. When it comes to Category 3 water damages, these materials cannot be salvaged and must be torn out, bagged up, and properly disposed of. The home is then treated with anti-microbial agents to ensure harmful microorganisms are killed.
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8 Tips for Preventing Bathroom Mold
How to Prevent Mold in your Bathroom
Mold thrives in damp areas, so it’s no wonder that bathrooms are a common ground for mold growth. However, there are several ways that you can help prevent it. Listed below are our 8 tips for preventing mold in your bathroom.
- Keep your shower or bath tub dry. Using a squeegee to rid your shower of excess water after use eliminates at least three-fourths of bathroom moisture. Also, wipe down any standing water in your sink basin or bath tub to keep your bathroom nice and dry.
- Utilize your fans. You should be running your bathroom fans during baths and showers and keep them running for about half an hour afterwards. Fans keep your bathroom dry by moving air around and reducing steam. Make sure your fan is a large enough model for the size of your bathroom. The fan volume is usually marked under the grill in CFM (cubic feet per minute).
- Dust your bathroom weekly. Since dust is an organic material, and since mold feeds on organic materials, dusting your bathroom weekly can help prevent mold. Dusting your bathroom is also important because mold spores settle on the same surfaces dust do, so make sure to wipe down all surfaces with a lightly dampened microfiber cloth.
- Wash shower curtain liners and bathroom rugs often. Since these items get wet every time they’re used, it’s important to wash them every few weeks. Plastic shower liners can be thrown in the washing machine with your whites, detergent and some baking soda and then air dried. Bathroom rugs can also be washed in the washing machine on a cold cycle with gentle laundry soap and then dried on the coolest heat cycle in your dryer.
- Keep towels and bathroom robes hung up. Make sure that you hang up wet towels, robes (or even bathing suits!) right away so that they can properly dry. Even if you were planning on throwing them into the wash later, wet piles of clothing contribute to a moist humid environment- and as we learned from Tip #1, a dry bathroom is the best way to prevent mold growth.
- Regularly check for and fix leaks. Always check for leaks in your bathroom, and if any leaks are found call your plumber. Feel around your pipes and seals for moisture. Some telltale signs of bathroom leaks are blistering paint/wallpaper, warped or stained walls, or a buckling bathroom floor.
- Try not to keep shower products or bath toys in the shower. Although keeping your shampoos and loofahs in the shower after use is convenient, leaving these wet items in your bathroom will just keep adding to places for mold to hide. Make sure that you squeeze all of the water out of wash cloths and loofahs, and wipe bath toys dry between uses.
- Seal your bathroom floor. If you have tiles in your bathroom, waterproof them by adding a few layers of a silicon-based grout sealer to your dry grout. It will lessen the rate at which moisture penetrates your grout, giving you a result that gets less wet and dries much faster.
The best solution to preventing mold is to kill any existing mold, and then take preventative measures like the ones listed above. If you already have mold in your bathroom (or anywhere else in your home) call us at (508) 746-9500. Our technicians have the necessary equipment and expertise to return your home back to it’s pre-mold condition.
Ellicott City Flood
Vans loaded with equipment drive from Plymouth, MA to Ellicott City, MD.
Ellicott City Flood, SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham springs to action
Several of our crew members here at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham met at our warehouse on Sunday, June 3rd to pack up and head out to Ellicott City, MD to help with the flood damages once again. We responded to the first flood that happened July 30th, 2016, so our crew knew what to expect.
On Sunday, May 28th, 2018 Ellicott City was hit by another major flood. Nearly 8 inches of rain fall fell in a matter of hours (approximately two months’ worth of rain). Both the county executive and governor had declared the downtown area as in a state of emergency. Gas and electric had been shut off so power lines and gas mains could be assessed. An incident management team of 60 people provided assistance to the people of Howard County and Ellicott City. Those who were in need of emergency lodging were told of several local churches locations that were offering shelter. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said he was both devastated and heartbroken at a press conference that Sunday night.
Main Street in Ellicott City had been in a state of rebuilding since the 2016 flood. Governor Larry Hogan said at the Sunday press conference that “[The flood] is as bad or worse than the storm two years ago”. Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said “… this is worse than July 30th, 2016”. Preliminary reports indicated that Sunday’s rainfall exceeded that of the flood two years ago. In 2016 Meteorologists dismissed the flood as a “1-in-1,000 year rain event”.
SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham is currently in Maryland servicing Ellicott City, Catonsville, Baltimore and Laurel. We are working our hardest to help these residents restore their homes back to their pre-storm conditions.
10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Season
10 Tips To Prepare for Hurricane Season 2018
Preparing your Plymouth/Wareham Home for Hurricane Season
In a little over a week it will be hurricane season yet again. Last hurricane season was predicted to be “above-normal”, with major hurricanes like Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma proving that prediction true. This year’s hurricane prediction hasn’t yet been announced by the Climate Prediction Center. However, if this season is anything like last season, we are hoping these tips on preparing your home for hurricane season will come in handy.
10 TIPS ON PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR HURRICANE SEASON
- Make sure your insurance policy will cover the full cost of rebuilding your home if it is destroyed during a storm.
- Consider getting flood insurance. Floods often follow a storm- and many homeowner insurance policies do not cover them.
- Take an inventory of your property, so that in the event of a storm you know exactly what you need to replace and how much it’s worth.
- Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs surrounding your home
- Retrofit your roof and seal all windows and doors so that they are secure. Consider adding roof straps if you have access to your roof via an attic
- Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and make sure you clear any clogged areas to prevent any water damage
- Install a vertical garage door brace into your existing garage door so that it doesn’t blow in during a storm
- Make sure not to leave any furniture outside that could be picked up by strong winds and transformed into a projectile (such as patio furniture, grills, decorations etc.)
- Consider purchasing a portable generator for use during power outages
- Look into building a FEMA safe room for your property, click here for more info!
As football player Jack Youngblood once said, “Good luck is a residue of preparation”. If by chance you aren’t so lucky this hurricane season, give SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham a call. We can help restore your property back to it’s pre-storm condition. Give us a call at (508) 746-9500
Restoring a Bridgewater Home After a Fire
Look how clean the team at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham got this carpet after a fire damage!
Restoring a Bridgewater Home After a Fire
This fire damage in a Bridgewater home required a top to bottom cleaning, so the homeowners called SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham! Our crew used chem sponges to clean all surfaces, including ceilings, walls and floors. We also placed air scrubbers, which capture the contaminated air and produce clean non-contaminated air, throughout the home. Air scrubbers help control the odor left behind from a fire damage as well. In this photo, you will see how hard our crew worked to get the soot out from the carpet. We communicate with the homeowner and make sure all needs are met and all questions are answered. As you can see, the team at SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham helped restore this Bridgewater home to a wonderful condition! If you have damage from fire, smoke or soot in your home- Call us today! (508) 746-9500
It's Almost Hurricane Season!
HURRICANE SEASON 2018 STARTS JUNE 1ST!
Hurricane Season 2018
Hurricane season is almost here. Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1st, with peak activity starting to happen in Mid-August. A hurricane is a tropical cyclone with high sustained wind speeds of at least 39 mph. There are 5 Categories of hurricanes which are based off those sustained wind speeds. Once a hurricane reaches 74-95mph, it is considered a Category 1. Here is a list of the 5 Categories of hurricanes and the sustained wind speeds associated with them.
- Category 1 (74-95 mph)
- Category 2 (96-110 mph)
- Category 3 (111-129 mph)
- Category 4 (130-156 mph)
- Category 5 (157mph or higher)
The Climate Prediction Center has 3 classifications for hurricane seasons based on the number of tropical storms and hurricanes. Here are the 3 classifications:
- Below-normal: between 4 and 9 tropical storms and between 2 to 4 hurricanes
- Near-normal: between 10 to 15 tropical storms and between 4 and 9 hurricanes
- Above-normal: between 12 and 28 tropical storms and between 7 and 15 hurricanes
Hurricane season 2017 was above-normal with 17 named storms, 10 of which became hurricanes (with six of those reaching major hurricane status). The Climate Prediction Center releases its hurricane season forecast at the end of May each year- so keep your eyes peeled!
No matter what the Climate Prediction Center forecasts this year, you should always be prepared during hurricane season. If disaster does strike- SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham responds immediately to your flood and storm damage emergencies. We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition, “Like it never even happened.”
Top-to-Bottom Cleaning in Wareham
The wonderful condition our crew returned this Wareham restaurant back too, as well as their glowing testimonial.
Deep Cleaning a Wareham Restaurant
Sometimes, your business just needs a deep top-to-bottom cleaning done by professionals. We have specialized training in time-tested and industry-approved cleaning methods. We can help return your business to it’s pristine condition- and we’re sure your customers will notice the difference. We pay attention to detail and make sure we meet all your expectations.
When this Wareham restaurant needed a deep cleaning, they knew to call SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham. Our crew went in with the necessary equipment and knowledge to get this restaurant looking like new. They were so pleased with our services, they wrote a great testimonial on their Certificate of Satisfaction. In this picture to the right, you will see the wonderful condition we restored this Wareham restaurant back too. Don’t forget to read their testimonial highlighted in yellow!
If your restaurant or business needs a deep top-to-bottom cleaning, call SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham today! (508) 746-9500
Develop an ERP for your Business
"Ready for whatever happens."
SERVPRO Emergency READY Profiles
Did you know 50% of businesses close down following a disaster? Of the businesses that do survive, the majority had a preparedness plan in place. By Developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business, you can know that you are “Ready for whatever happens.” Whether the disaster be man-made or natural, SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham has your back.
You can develop your business’s ERP one of two ways:
- Click here to download the ERP app to your smartphone and fill out your Emergency READY Profile yourself.
- Call SERVPRO of Plymouth/Wareham directly and ask to make an appointment for one of our employees to come down to your business and fill out an ERP for you! The number to call is (508) 746-9500
The SERVPRO Emergency READY Program is a no cost assessment of your facility. If needed, having an ERP for your business will save you a LOT of time- and when it comes to mitigation, time is money. Having an Emergency READY Program in place can also 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.
If you have any questions about the Emergency READY Profile, or if you would like to schedule a time for one of our employees to come to your business and fill one out, give us a call! (508) 746-9500
The Causes of Water Damage in your Attic
Water and moisture in your attic left unmitigated can turn into a costly repair process and a breeding ground for mold.
Causes of Water Damage in your Attic
Water and moisture in your attic left unmitigated can turn into a costly repair process, not to mention the risk of mold growth. To stop water damage in your attic, you must first know what causes moisture in the first place. Some common causes of moisture in your attic are:
Roof Leaks: roof leaks are a common cause of water getting into your attic. Check the wood and insulation for discolorations or mold growth. Make sure you inspect the roof for cracks and leaks. Also, be sure to check in the area around the plumbing stacks as well as your downlight canisters for any rust or corrosion- which is a sign that there might be moisture.
Improper Insulation in the Attic: Always make sure the insulation in your attic floor and around your heating ducts are in good shape. Insulation should be thick, soft and dry- otherwise it can create high moisture conditions. If your insulation looks thin and wet, replace it immediately. If your attic is improperly insulated in the winter time, ice dams could form on the edges of your roof that could cause water damage.
Improper Ventilation in the Attic: When you have improper ventilation in your attic, the amount of moisture increases. Condensation can build up in your attic due to warm air rising and then cooling on cold surfaces. If your attic doesn’t have suitable ventilation, that condensation can’t escape. Also, be sure that the openings of your vents aren’t blocked by insulation.
Improper Ventilation of Appliances: Always be sure to properly ventilate your appliances. Vents in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room should always blow air outside as appose to in the attic.
Attic Appliance Failures: Be sure to always check the appliances in your attic whenever you do an inspection. This includes air conditioners, swamp coolers and HVAC systems. If any of your appliances fail they may cause water damage in your attic.
If you see any mold or water damage in your attic, SERVPRO® of Plymouth/Wareham is here to help. We have highly trained water restoration and mold remediation technicians available 24/7; ready to restore your home back to its pre-mold and pre-water damage condition.
Call us Today! (508) 746-9500
Commercial Property Maintenance Tips
With a properly maintained business, you can create lasting impressions that will bring new customers through word of mouth
Commercial Property Maintenance Tips
There are a lot of benefits proper facility maintenance can bring to a business. With a properly maintained business, you can create lasting impressions that will bring new customers through word of mouth. Always keep your business looking clean, organized and inviting. Remember that first impressions start the minute the customer gets out of their car. Here are some things to look out for when maintaining your property or business:
- The Exterior of your Building: Speaking of first impressions, the maintenance of your building’s exterior will speak volumes to new customers. Make sure that everything on the outside of your business is repaired or replaced if need be. Don’t forget to pay attention to the landscaping as well.
- The Interior of your Building: Once you’ve attracted the customer TO your business, having a clean interior will help keep them in the doors. Look for things that might need repairs or touch ups- and fix them. Always keep the interior of your business clean. Regularly dust, vacuum and maintain any appliances. Keep any bathrooms looking spotless and hygienic.
- The Details: Don’t forget about the little things, like making sure the light fixtures are dusted or the bathroom soap is refilled. Customer’s will notice and appreciate the attention to detail. Making sure your business has an inviting scent never hurts.
- Utilities: Regularly check and maintain your utilities. This includes air conditioning units, water heaters and any other utilities your business depends on. There is nothing worse than having one of your utilities go during business hours. Maintain a comfortable atmosphere for both customers and employees.
Not only does maintaining your property attract customers, but it also preserves its value. If you feel like you may have fallen behind on the maintenance of your business, or you just want a deep cleaning to bring back it’s appeal- Call SERVPRO® of Plymouth/Wareham! (508) 746-9500