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Household Chores Can Reduce the Risk of Fires

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Lowell is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration need

The American Red Cross has reported 847 deaths this year due to house fires at the start of 2022. This figure is part of the 20,000 house fires reported in the first half of this year. House fires are a risk in any household, thus precautions should be taken to prevent them.

Making changes and establishing routines around your home are the first steps toward fire protection. Yard work around the house and chores to tidy up the inside of your home are simple ways to prevent a fire tragedy on your property.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

California has taken preventive steps against wildfires by establishing defensible space requirements, which require residents to strategically design their yards. Plants and trees are placed in a way that slows fire from spreading to your home while also allowing firemen room to work.

While wildfires aren’t as common in Lowell as they are in California, they can still happen. A yard plan could be useful to everyone in the event of a fire breaking out outside your home.

You can still have shrubs and trees in your yard, but make sure they are planted in a way that does not endanger your home. Be careful to do yard work around the house, cleaning up fallen leaves and dead plants, as these will only feed a fire if one starts.

Clear the Clutter

Clutter easily accumulates in the home—trash and boxes may be scattered about and clothes and towels may pile up around your floor when it’s at its worst. If the mess is big enough, it may obstruct entranceways and exits, which would be dangerous in the event of a fire because you would not be able to properly escape.

Electrical equipment like extension cords has the potential to ignite fires in the home. It is critical not to overload extension cords and to keep them away from any sources of water; if they overheat, they can quickly start fires.

Even simple tasks like unplugging unused appliances can help avoid fires. Remember to do your chores, pick up any loose clothing on the floor and dispose of any trash. In the event of a fire, a clean home will help to prevent the spread of flames.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

Small improvements in housekeeping can have a big impact! Fires can start quickly and unexpectedly, thus it is critical to clean up anything that may contribute to the spread of the fire. If a fire grows out of control and you need to escape, a clean house could save your life.

Take basic steps like dusting regularly, paying particular attention to areas where dust may accumulate around a heat source, outlet or appliance.

Maintain appliances well, paying special attention to stoves and dryers, which generate heat. Wipe up any grease surrounding your stove, and make sure your dryer’s lint trap is clean.

A clean place makes a happy space! A tidy house can make you feel safer and help to prevent fires from spreading. Make housekeeping duties a habit to avoid fire accidents.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

The Main Sources of Commercial Damage

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

a large commercial building with extensive damage to roof and siding SERVPRO of Lowell is your local commercial disaster team. Contact us to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services

Every day, we rely on businesses. They benefit us greatly, whether it is the business we work for or the ones we employ for their services. Of course, these establishments would never be as successful if it weren’t for the owners in charge!

Each day, business owners face numerous hurdles to managing a successful workplace. One thing all business owners have in common is the desire to keep their company going. Commercial damage, like natural disasters, is something that business owners fear because it can result in significant loss—or worse, the shutdown of their organization.

Over the last five years, the NCEI documented around an average of $153 billion worth of damage in the United States annually from the result of natural disasters. It’s no doubt these disasters are a threat to businesses all over the country.

In Lowell, you face all kinds of weather throughout the year like snow, thunderstorms and hurricanes. This weather brings along hazards like severe flooding. This Lowell high school faced the effects of severe flooding, causing thousands in damage.

Because natural disasters are unavoidable, taking precautions to protect your commercial property is critical. It all begins with understanding how these disasters may influence your Lowell business.

Water Damage

Water damage can be caused by a few different sources. Damage can be caused by leaks in the workplace caused by rain or equipment malfunction. Flooding is another type of water damage that wreaks havoc on businesses every year.

Floodwater might leak through your building’s roof and windows due to heavy rain or rivers overflowing near your business. As a result, your commercial property’s foundation floorboards and walls can be ruined. Floodwater can destroy valuables such as appliances, furniture and other valuables in your building.

Leaks in your property may appear to be insignificant, but they can cause some serious water damage over time. Leaks can cause structural damage to your property, damage to your ceilings or flooring and mold growth. Keep an eye out for damp spots and discoloration in your building; this might be the start of some significant water damage.

Storm Damage

Storms and commercial properties do not get along. Storms create high winds, hail and tornadoes, all of which can demolish a business structure. Some businesses that are destroyed by storms close down and never reopen.

Minor storms produce winds in the 10 to 45 mph range, but a severe storm has the ability to produce winds of over 100 mph. These storms put your business at risk of hazards such as flying debris, building collapse and tree downfall.

Preparing your facility is the best method to safeguard your business from the possibility of severe storms. Maintain your roof on a regular basis and make sure your drainage systems are in functioning order. Invest in roof-mounting equipment to keep severe winds from blowing it away.

Check the seals around your windows for any gaps so that no water can get in, and consider installing storm shutters for added protection. During a severe weather event, make sure to secure your building’s doors and keep all doors closed.

Know Who to Call

Damage to your business can occur when you least expect it, so taking action to secure your commercial property can save you from expensive damage. Prepare your company for any damage that may occur, from the most catastrophic storms to the smallest leaks.

If your business sustains any type of damage, turn to SERVPRO! Our team has the expertise to restore any type of loss, no matter how severe. Our 24-hour emergency services will ensure your commercial property is remediated as soon as possible.

If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Your Storm Safety Plan Needs These 3 Elements

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

a dark cloudy sky with lighting strikes off in the distance If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Lowell right away.

Nowhere in the United States is impervious to storms. You never know when a warm or cold front could kickstart a severe storm, bringing along lightning, heavy rain, hail and strong winds.

These weather events can cause serious damage to your home. Since there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, it’s likely you will encounter bad storms more than once.

Storms in Lowell often lead to some sort of flash flooding that could impact your home at any moment. In at-risk areas, you might experience flooded roads, downed trees and power lines, and flooded basements.

Even though you cannot prevent storms, you can prevent some of the negative effects by being prepared. You should have an emergency kit and a communications strategy ready to go in cause your household is caught in a severe storm.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

You should have multiple modes of communication in case bad weather hits. First, you need to have a way to communicate with your household. You also need a cell phone and an NOAA weather radio so that you can stay up to date on all notifications. Know the difference between weather watches and warnings in case you hear these alerts from authorities.

Your household communication strategy should designate a safe area in your home, like a basement or bathroom, where everyone in the house can go if the weather turns bad.

You also need to come up with a way of contacting each other in case one or more people are away from the house during the storm. That way everyone knows when and how to check in and mark themselves as safe.

Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit

The kit should include all the essentials your family members need for the next 72 hours. You may need to shelter in place if the storm is too bad.

This emergency kit should be kept in your home’s shelter area. In the kit, include nonperishable food, water, flashlights and batteries, first-aid supplies, and anything else your family might need to weather the storm.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

Once the bad weather has passed, there are still more steps to take, which include evaluating your safety plan and addressing any damage to your home. Of course, you should wait until it’s safe before checking your property for damage.

Let’s say you do encounter home damage. You need to know who to call. You want a reliable team of trained restoration experts like the ones you’ll find at SERVPRO of Lowell. You can take comfort in knowing we will get the job done right the first time around.

After all is said and done, make sure you round up your household and talk through the efficiency of your safety plan. You should figure out what worked well and what could be improved in case another sever storm rolls through in the future.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.

Food Service Cleaning & Restoration

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

From the smallest family-owned restaurant to food processing plants, SERVPRO of Lowell has the experience and equipment to restore your facility to its preloss condition following a disaster.  Time and safety are our top priorities, just as they are to you in running your business.  Our highly trained technicians are available 24-hours a day to help mitigate the damage done to food manufacturing facilities and commercial kitchens, so you can get back to serving your customers safely and quickly.  While conducting the cleanup and restorations of your facility, we take special care to pay attention to the regulations, health codes, and potential hazards involved in restoring your food service spaces.  We will work to help ensure that all surfaces are restored to preloss condition and sanitized.

SERVPRO of Lowell technicians are trained and experienced in the cleaning and restoration of food service facilities of all sizes, including:

  • Food Manufacturing Facilities
  • Fast Food Establishments. Restaurants and Cafeterias
  • Food Processing Plants
  • Commercial Kitchens

If your food service facility requires cleanup or restoration services, SERVPRO of Lowell has a team of highly trained technicians on call 24-hours a day to help.  Please contact us at 978-454-7577.

When You Need an Expert, Call SERVPRO

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van SERVPRO of Lowell is your local restoration expert. We are the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration

It may be difficult to know where to turn when an unexpected tragedy affects your home or business, but that’s why SERVPRO of Lowell is here! We have the tools and experienced teams you need to start restoring your space back to preloss condition.

Here are some of the areas in which SERVPRO specializes:

Water Damage

If a water damage incident occurs in your building and it is not attended to as soon as possible, further damage is likely to take place. Flooding can occur at any time, and whether it’s an inch or a foot, it will take its toll on your Lowell home.

For reference, floods cause more than $10 billion in damages nationwide every year.

Lowell often faces rainfall that eventually gives way to flooding, both major and minor. The greater Lowell area was plagued by flooded streets in 2021 after remnants of Tropical Storm Fred moved through the region. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for the Boston area, stretching north to Lynn and west to Franklin and Westborough.

We have the tools and know-how to help you deal with this difficult damage. We start by performing an inspection of your property before offering appropriate water restoration and mitigation services.

Fire Damage

Fire damage takes a large toll on home in the United States every year. There was roughly $8.1 billion in direct property damage and losses nationwide in 2020 due to fires.

In the unfortunate event of a fire at your property, you need to take the right steps to restore the structure and contents to preloss condition. Different steps are necessary to achieve the desired outcome, but generally, our team starts by doing a full inspection and damage assessment of your home’s damage before moving to the reconstruction phase.

Storm Damage

Severe weather is all too familiar to U.S. homeowners, and the effects of these weather events can lead to substantial damages to your home. One singular incident can lead to substantial water damage within your house.

Our goal is always to have you back in your newly restored home as soon as possible, and we want to salvage as much of your home and belongings as possible. SERVPRO specializes in all types of cleaning, water removal and construction work that you might need.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

Our Lowell team is highly trained in the industry, and we pride ourselves on our high expectations for customer care and progressive training. Our team is up-to-date on all research and procedures through ongoing franchise training and continuing education,

You can trust that SERVPRO of Lowell is equipped with the most progressive techniques and knowledge to clean and restore your property back to “Like it never even happened.”

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

Water Damage in Your Lowell Home

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of Lowell has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

Becoming a homeowner is an exciting step in your life. There’s much to look forward to, but there’s also much to look out for.

At some point in time, you may come across a small issue like a leaky tap. It’s a minor problem now, but it can worsen quickly. Did you know the average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year?

Water damage is one of those issues that can get out of hand quickly, so you need to be prepared to address the issue right away. Here’s how you can expect the damage to progress as time goes on:

In the First 24 Hours

There is a one in four chance of a flood damaging your home within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Knowing what to do next is essential.

The first 24 to 48 hours after your Lowell home experiences flooding or water damage are vital because your personal belongings are so vulnerable to water’s harmful effects.

For example, books and photographs can warp beyond repair, soft furnishings and upholstery soak through and any wooden structures will swell from the moisture. You can also expect mold to start growing during this time period.

Within the First Week

Once you have surpassed 24 hours, the damage will move much quicker. Mold spreads exponentially with moisture, and as it festers, it will damage your home’s structure.

Additionally, porous surfaces, such as wood surfaces and walls, will become increasingly compromised, and metal surfaces will start corroding.

After One Week

Try not to let the damage get to this point because you may not be able to salvage everything. As time goes on, the costs and efforts to restore the structure will increase significantly, and the risks associated with structural damage are greater.

How SERVPRO Will Help

The process begins after you call. We will start by extracting any excess moisture to prevent the spread of water throughout your home’s structure. This will also reduce drying time.

You can count on SERVPRO’s “restore vs replace” mentality to help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. If any materials cannot be successfully restored, this will be communicated to you. These materials are typically removed as soon as possible to expedite the drying of all restorable materials.

After these steps, your home may need construction work to get your property back to its preloss condition. This step could include minor repairs or rebuilding entire areas of your home.

It’s a scary process, but SERVPRO of Lowell will keep you up to date on every step and have you back in your home or business in no time.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

Here Are the Types of Flooding You Might See

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

a street completely submerged in water with a flood warning sign sitting in roadway Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of Lowell has the team to help you recover from any disastrous event

Every state sees its fair share of flooding, but did you know flooding is actually the most common natural disaster in the world? In the United States, it claims more lives per year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lighting. Its devastation can affect communities far and wide, as excess water gathers on properties.

You may not know there are actually similarities in the different types of floods and causality among all them. In fact, there are three common types of flooding that happen for four typical reasons.

3 Types of Natural Flooding

Flash floods can occurs anywhere, and they’re caused by an accumulation of rain over a long period of time. For example, a storm may sit over one area, overwhelming the ground’s ability to soak in all the moisture. The water left over runs off, often washing away both big and small items in its path.

River floods occur when there’s a buildup of water in the river, enough that the water spills over the sides and causes destruction.

Coastal floods can happen next to large bodies of water, induced by storm surges or cyclonic activity. The commotion causes ocean or gulf levels to rise high enough to cause a flood.

The 4 Most Common Causes of Natural Flooding

Heavy rainfall. Heavy storms that release multiple inches of rain in one area can cause flash floods or river flooding. Urban areas are often the most at risk due to the lack of extra land to absorb the water. In 2006, Lowell and the New England area experienced record flooding. In fact, it rained between eight and 12 inches over just a few days, which was the worst flooding the area had seen in over 70 years. A thousand households in Lowell had to be evacuated to protect citizens from the overwhelming flooding.

Oceanic activity. Hurricanes, storm surges and rising tides can cause water levels to rise, causing waves to overwhelm coastal communities.

Dams and levees failing. The most notable example of this in recent history would be the disastrous levee breaks during 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Levees and dams fail when cracks occur or excess pressure overtakes the dam’s ability to contain the surge of water behind it. Similarly, Massachusetts residents who lived downstream of the Spicket River Dam had to be evacuated during record-breaking flooding in 2006 over fears that the dam might break.

Snowmelts and ice dams. In states that experience heavy snow and ice, both can build up over weeks and months. When the snow and ice begin to melt, they can become rivers of water, following through nearby communities and causing destruction. Ice dams or ice jams occur when rivers get clogged by built-up ice following downstream, which can cause the banks to overflow.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

We Can Help You Be Prepared

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Lowell are your local commercial restoration experts. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

When it comes to keeping a company operating smoothly, every little bit of support goes a long way. As company owner or manager, you are well aware that keeping things afloat takes every available hand. Significant delays or damages to commercial buildings could mean shutting the doors for good.

However, your retail space, manufacturing facility or rental property already comes equipped with a hidden assistant to aid with cleaning and restoration, and it’s right here in Lowell. SERVPRO is capable of serving a vast variety of company demands; it’s as if you have a hidden business partner overseeing an entire component of your organization’s success strategy.

Large loss recovery. Fires, hurricanes and flooding are among the major causes of financial loss for enterprises in the United States. They can cause a lot of damage, especially if they are not handled promptly. When you call SERVPRO, you can be confident that you are calling a highly qualified crew that is available 24 hours a day to deliver reliable emergency services and minimize your downtime and recovery time.

Emergency Ready Plan. Recovery begins even before the disaster strikes—that is, if your business is prepared. We can aid you in setting up the appropriate strategy for when the time comes. You may require an emergency chain of command, alternative meeting or work spaces, and temporary suppliers during a crisis, and we’ll have you set up for a simple button press to commence all of this.

Cleaning of All Kinds. We provide solutions for every scenario, from specialist cleaning services such as trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal to more common requirements such as carpet cleaning and upholstery restoration in high-traffic areas. We’ve been doing this a long time and have seen and cleaned everything.

Restoration Services. Storms cause flash floods. The interns might ignite a fire in the kitchen. A water pipe could rupture. All of these unpredictable situations require repair and cleaning, which SERVPRO excels in. From water removal to restoration, you can depend on us to restore the shine to your organization after a disaster.

Industry Specialization. We are equipped to help any organization, having spent decades understanding the ins and outs of each industry. We can assist you with any very particular or unusual cleaning and restoration demands your organization may have. In many circumstances, we may even enclose the workspace to avoid interfering with the routine activities of adjacent regions.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

Spring Storms and Other Weather Events in the U.S.

3/4/2022 (Permalink)

an image with a cloudy, rainy, sunny and snowy sky Extreme temperature changes can lead to the possibility of severe weather. SERVPRO of Lowell is a click away if you experience any damage.

As one of the world’s biggest nations, the United States features a highly diverse climate across the board. As a consequence, seasonal weather in the United States is not one-size-fits-all—different parts of the country experience unique weather patterns, resulting in varying degrees of weather threats for different areas.

Let’s take a look at the weather patterns that may develop as spring approaches and warm and cold air masses mix throughout the country—as well as what we might expect here in Massachusetts.

The Pacific Northwest’s spring months are prone to severe rain, which may cause floods and water damage. Snow will continue to build at higher altitudes, and the resulting melting and runoff may cause issues of its own.

The Upper Midwest and Northeast, including our state, enjoy the longest winters and will have cold temperatures throughout the season. But that’s changing.

In Massachusetts and the Northeast, winters are projected to become warmer and reduce the average number of snowfalls from an average of five snowfalls to between one to three per month. By the end of the century, the number of severe precipitation occurrences is expected to more than double. From Maine to the Dakotas, folks can anticipate frigid weather, blizzards and heavy snow even until late spring or early summer.

The Southwest and southern West Coast, on the other hand, will need to be on the lookout for severe heat waves that may harm people and property. The South Pacific, including Hawaii, will be on high alert for the risk of tectonic activity-caused tsunamis.

Windstorms, derechos and the possibility of wildfires will also be on the radar for the central United States, from Iowa to Texas as they can spread quickly when winds are strong and conditions are dry. Tornado Alley, which is particularly prone to tornadoes, is found in this area.

Finally, we should anticipate a broad variety of severe weather occurrences in the Southeast, from thunderstorms and tornadoes in landlocked regions to early-season hurricanes along the coast later in the spring.

Extreme weather is a risk wherever you reside in the United States. While conditions differ by state, it never hurts to be aware of and prepared for extreme weather.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.

Have You Considered Disaster Preparedness?

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee standing in office next to a person reviewing plans If the day comes where your business is hit with disaster or emergency, you can rest assured SERVPRO of Lowell will be there to help.

It’s reasonable that you have a lot on your plate when you own a company. You have a full-time job as well as an infinite to-do list that follows you around at all times. It’s just a lot of work between recruitment, bookkeeping, inventory, advertising and so much more.

But all of your hard work might be in jeopardy if you are not prepared for the worst. To get to this point, you’ve put in a lot of time and effort, and you want to do everything possible to give your business the best chance of surviving a disaster.

A lot of times, it is impossible to get your company back up and running after a fire, hurricane or other tragedy. FEMA reports that 40% of small businesses shut down permanently after a disaster, with a large percentage of those that do reopen closing again within a year.

So, what can you do? The answer is to have a plan. Having a plan in place for what to do next if your organization is hit by a disaster incident might be the difference between survival and failure.

In fact, three-quarters of small businesses in the United States do not have a disaster plan in place. It’s only natural that businesses that are disaster-prepared have a higher chance of surviving.

SERVPRO of Lowell assists businesses in disaster preparedness by helping them create a customized Emergency Ready Plan that can be tailored to business objectives, location and industry. If you have a plan in place, you will be able to minimize interruption to business since you will know what to do in the event of a crisis.

On their own, disasters are difficult to cope with. Take advantage of your chance to prepare for a disaster before it occurs. We’re ready to assist you with your Emergency Ready Plan right now.

When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.