Tips for the Brutal Winter Climate and Weather
Winter is coming. While all you Game of Thrones fans may chuckle at that reference, Winter conditions in New England are not to be trifled with. We are well past the hot summer days and November is just around the corner. With November comes the great holiday we all know as Thanksgiving, but November also brings in the start of windy, gusty cold weather.
Once the calendar turns to November, snow, and hail is not too far behind. So before the crazy cold and snowy weather hits, here are some tips the get your house ready for an unpredictable Winter.
-Dress appropriately and in layers. It is not summer anymore.
-Double check and make sure none of your furniture is impeding and interfering with your heating systems or heating vents.
-Make sure to check and clean your gutters
During the winter time, power outages are pretty common amongst home owners. Planning ahead for power outages is critical because it can make one's life a whole lot easier and mitigate the situation. Plan ahead and stock up on winter essentials in case power is lost in your home. Always make sure you have a Big, durable shovel somewhere in your home and have salt to melt ice stored in a safe place. Stock up on cases of water and Meals that are ready to eat known as MREs.
Overall, being prepared and planning ahead for winter weather and storms will pay huge dividends. Trust us, we know.
Fire Prevention Week
Have you thought about what NOT to do during a fire? Your actions during a fire can affect many outcomes.
This week in October is dedicated to raising awareness toward fire prevention. The theme created for the movement this year is "Not all Heroes wear Capes". Fire Prevention week helps those around the country prepare and have a plan in case they experience a fire of any magnitude.
Safety and Survival are the two most important aspects when a fire arises. The likelihood of staying safe and alive during a commercial or residential fire exponentially increases if one has a carefully thought out plan.
Practice makes perfect.
Once a fire occurs, you may only have a few minutes to escape safely and effectively so it is imperative to have fully functioning and operational smoke detectors to alert you.
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Emergency Ready Plan
Emergency Ready Plans (ERPs) help companies and organizations prepare to recover from disaster. Did you know that 50% of businesses will not recover from a disaster? The good thing is, of those that do, 75% of those businesses had a disaster plan.
Emergency plans are essential because many emergency plans help get everyone out of the building quickly.
SERVPRO's emergency ready profile can help get business's back in business ASAP.
Some advantages of an ERP are:
- A faster response time to any disaster
- Employees know how to react (e.g shutting off water)
- Damage can be minimized
- Expense can also be minimized
- A digital copy which is easy to share
What SERVPRO does:
- Tag shutoffs
- Gather Important contact info
- Put all info into a hard copy report and a mobile app which allows all info at your fingertips
SERVPRO First Responders Bowl
This year on December 30th 2019, a college bowl game known as the SERVPRO First Responders Bowl will be played at Gerald J. Ford Stadium located at Southern Methodist University in Texas. Kickoff is set for 11:30 AM.
The SERVPRO First Responders Bowl honors the First Responders in America who serve and protect everyday citizens. First Responders often put others before themselves and the SERVPRO First Responders bowl game would like to pay it forward by allowing first responders to claim upwards of four free tickets to the game. While it has to be a first responder ordering the tickets, please note that anyone can use the complimentary tickets.
The two division one college teams set to play in this bowl game will be determined at the end of November. Last season it was Boston College against Boise State.
So, to all the first responders, come join us celebrate your work and efforts while watching a riveting sport like Football. Let us show you appreciation for putting yourselves on the line each and every day.
To all first responders, thank you today and everyday. Hope to see you there!
September National Preparedness Takeaways
September is coming to a close but it is important to remember why every September is National Preparedness month. Hurricanes, storms, power outages and fires of severe magnitudes can occur at anytime so it is imperative to always have a plan for safety.
Just a month ago we saw Hurricane Dorian devastate areas near southern Florida. Hurricane Dorian was one of the most potent storms on record with wind speeds over 180 miles per hour. While no human being is capable of stopping or slowing down a Catergory five hurricane like Dorian, humans are capable of planning safe evacuation routes and meeting points.
Hurricane Dorian serves as a reminder that it is a good idea to plan for emergencies with your family members and pets. Do not leave your pets behind during emergencies unless you have no other choice.
Here are some good takeaways everyone should remember going forward even as September ends.
-Always have a portable first aid kit in your residence filled with adequate supplies.
- Pay attention to the news and stay up to date with current events
-Prepare Emergency Ready to go bags for each person in your family
-Practice an evacuation plan with your family members and in addition to that have a designated meeting spot in case of an emergency.
-Always have a couple of cases of bottled water and quick, ready to made meals waiting in your garage
Mold Remediation is Essential
What is Mold?
Mold is a bacterial fungus that can grow in many places. Mold is a simple term which brings along a catastrophic nature. Mold is a word that makes all of us cringe because of the role it plays in our everyday lives. Humans can find mold on their walls, their shelves, and even their food. Mold has the ability to wreak significant havoc and lead to disastrous outcomes.
Can mold spread?
Yes, mold can spread and spread quickly. It is imperative to treat mold spots as soon as it is visible to minimize the problem.
Can Mold affect my health?
Absolutely. Having mold in the house can lead to common allergy symptoms popping up. In addition to allergies, mold can also cause prolonged coughing and can be tied to itchy eyes because it affects moisture and air quality.
How do I get rid of mold as soon as possible?
Remove Mold existing on your property by contacting us at SERVPRO right away at 781-861-0500. SERVPRO is professionally trained to deal with and remove mold. Prevent the growth and spreading of mold if you notice it. Do not wait.
Waltham Hawks Varsity Football
Looking for something to do Saturday afternoon 9/21? Come out and support the local high school football team at Leary Field for their 4 PM matchup.
The Waltham Hawks look for their first win of the season when they take on Westford Academy at home 4 P.M Saturday afternoon 9/21. This will be the second game of the year for both teams as they both seek their first win.
The Hawks are looking to bounce back from their week 1 trouncing at the hands of the Newton North Tigers.
The Waltham Hawks will be on the road for the first time Saturday 9/28 when they take on Newton South High School.
SERVPRO Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning
In addition to providing restoration services after a fire, water or storm damage, SERVPRO also offers Air Duct, heating, cooling and ventilation cleaning.
For the best air quality and indoor environment, it is important to have your Air ducts and ventilation system cleaned from time to time.
SERVPRO has trained professionals who can look at and accurately evaluate the status of your air ducts, and HVAC (Heating and Ventilation Cooling), systems.
Air ducts may often be overlooked but they provide essential functions. By circulating air within the systems, comforting air is provided while dust and other contaminants are removed.
Our services can assist in getting rid of unwanted odors and prevent the possibility of mold forming within the systems.
Air duct cleanings are needed in order to have a fully functional system.
If you would like more information on our air duct and HVAC cleaning services or would like to schedule a cleaning please call us at 781-861-0500.
Lexington Home Destroyed By Fire
A home in Lexington which was under construction burned down early Wednesday morning. Fortunately, there was nobody inside at the time and nearby neighbors were evacuated for safety purposes. First responders responded quickly and acted swiftly. At this time no injuries were reported. With that being said, the home under construction was completely destroyed and deemed unsalvageable.
Incidents like this are a reminder that it is essential to check your smoke detectors from time to time and replace the batteries after a year. Always keep an eye on your smoke detectors and be proactive when it is defective.
Homeowners should also check their fire extinguishers to make sure they are fully functional and effective. Some fires can be prevented and minimized by merely having a good fire extinguishers on hand.
After a fire, call SERVPRO at 781-861-0500 for fire and water clean up. SERVPRO is always ready to help and strives to make a disaster look "Like it never even happened."
Advanced Restoration Technology
Have you experienced Water Damage, Fire Damage, Storm Damage or mold recently?
If so, SERVPRO can help you restore your property quickly and efficiently.
With advanced technology, SERVPRO can make something look like it never happened.
At SERVPRO, we have powerful water extraction equipment that can accelerate the drying process by removing large amounts of water from your property.
In addition to that our drying equipment is top-notch. We provide high-speed air movers that allow moisture to evaporate at a quicker pace. Our dehumidifiers pull water vapor from the air which prevents swelling of the floors and walls.
Since water and fired damage may cause undesired and unwanted odors, SERVPRO uses air scrubbers to remove possible contaminants in the air and to control air quality.
Finally, the Sanitizing agents, Germicides, and Anti-Microbial products we use prevent the growth of possibly harmful bacteria, fungi and mildew that might develop.