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Follow These Preventive Measures to Keep Backyard Fires Under Control

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

a close up view of a bright campfire burning at night If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Lowell

There is no better way to enjoy a warm summer evening than relaxing by the fire with your family in your backyard. Scary stories, hot dogs and s’mores are just a few ways to make some unforgettable memories.

We use these backyard fires for a variety of reasons, including entertaining, cooking a meal, keeping mosquitoes away and clearing yard debris, but even what we believe to be a safe fire has its own set of risks. According to the National Park Service, people are responsible for almost 85% of wildfires.

Wildfires in Massachusetts seem to be growing, with 1,000 wildfires occurring in 2021. Most of these fires are manmade, but some of them can be caused by conditions like lightning.

Of course, you’re still able to burn your yard debris, light up your tiki torches, toast your marshmallows and grill your hotdogs. As long as you follow simple safety precautions and local regulations allow, you can continue to enjoy your backyard fires and minimize any hazards.

Recreational Fire Hazards

Any open flame can be hazardous, but campfires, barbecues, fire pits and fireworks are all common causes of outdoor fires. Approximately 8,800 house fires are started by grills each year, usually due to irresponsible usage. Double-check the propane tanks and gas lines that fuel your grill before firing it up, and never leave your grill unsupervised, even after you’re done using it.

When constructing a campfire, find a safe area away from any trees or buildings, and only light your fire with a match or a lighter. Once the fire is lit, make sure to only use wood to fuel the flames and keep a close eye on the ashes even after you’re done making your s’mores.

Fire pits are a safe and easy way to create a camp-like feel in your own backyard, but this equipment should be used with the same precautions as a conventional campfire. If your fire pit is portable, be sure to locate it in a safe area. Your fire pit should never be placed near an area with an overhang or on a wooden deck.

While your fire pit may seem like a simple way to eliminate construction or trash, make sure to only burn approved firewood.

Other Outdoor Fire Hazards

Even with their hazards, combustible materials and fires can still be put to good use. If your yard collects a large number of leaves in the fall and you don’t have a waste disposal option, burning your yard debris may be the only way to tidy up your yard.

In Lowell, open burning is prohibited at all times, but you can still use your grills and fire pits. Of course, this equipment should only be used for recreational purposes and should never be used to burn debris.

We all utilize our sheds and garages to store items like gasoline, but irresponsible storage can have a deadly impact. Gas should only be stored in approved containers, and you should keep your container out of reach of children. Also, gas should only be used for its intended purpose, so don’t reach for the gas can if you are unable to light your campfire.

Before lighting any outdoor fire, check your local weather forecast and local regulations. If conditions are dry or if heavy winds are blowing, reschedule your weenie roast and light your fire on a different day.

And if your home is impacted by an outdoor fire, contact our team at SERVPRO. Our team is trained to restore any kind of fire damage and will work to restore as much of your property and belongings as possible.

Burn safely outdoors. And save some chocolate for us! If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact us today to get restoration started faster.

Call on SERVPRO for Your Restoration Needs

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

a group of employees with restoration tools walking away from SERVPRO van No matter what type of disaster you face, SERVPRO of Lowell is only a phone call away.

As a locally owned and managed SERVPRO location, we recognize the challenges business owners tackle regularly. When running a successful business, there are a variety of problems you can run into, and one of the worst obstacles you’ll face is a disaster that halts productivity.

While you can’t predict and most likely cannot prevent an actual disaster, you can prepare your organization for one.

Aside from the destruction that businesses may face, we acknowledge the damage that homeowners may suffer as well. Picking up the pieces after a disaster can be overwhelming, no matter the extent of damage your home or business has suffered.

To better prepare your family to handle a disaster, you should develop an emergency plan as well. Making an emergency plan starts with knowing the types of disasters that might affect our area.

The American Red Cross has created an amazing tool that collects data from resources around the nation to assist you in preparing for any calamity. There are Red Cross locations throughout the Massachusetts area that can help your Lowell household be prepared for any emergency!

Whether you own a company or own a house or both, you’ll undoubtedly face the effects of destruction at some point. In any case, the restoration process needs to begin immediately to prevent any more damage. Here’s why we are the team to turn to:

Why Choose SERVPRO?

We recognize every scenario is unique. While disaster events that require restoration happen all the time in the United States, every situation is completely different.

For example, over 14 million homes are at risk of flooding yearly, but the destruction inflicted to each property will be varied.

This is why our team of professionals is trained and certified to handle any size damage so that you can feel safe in your decision to choose us for your home or business restoration. We will inspect the distinct factors of your unique situation to come up with an effective solution.

We are here for you 24 hours a day. When it comes to property damage, the most crucial thing to know is that a rapid response is extremely necessary. This is important not only to return your home or business to its previous condition but also to keep the destruction from getting any worse.

When water infiltrates your property, it can lead to damage to furniture, fabrics and paint. And when this water is left untreated for a long period, mold and mildew can begin to grow and compromise your home’s infrastructure. That’s why our team offers 24-hour emergency services all days of the year.

We deliver more than just damage repair. In addition to repairing the damage caused by a disaster, we handle every part of the procedure.

Our team can help you pack things up to prevent further destruction, and we can work closely with your insurance agent to make the claims process stress-free. Our goal is to provide you and your family with our assistance in any way possible throughout your home or business’ recovery process to make it a lot easier on you!

No matter the type of disaster, your local professionals at SERVPRO of Lowell can take on any damage with years of experience and training. Our restoration experts use industry-leading tools and techniques that can quickly restore your property back to preloss condition as soon as possible.

When you suffer damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get restoration started faster.

What Storm Warnings Can Mean For You And Your Home

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

a red and white severe weather alert sign If you suspect any damage to your home from a recent storm, call SERVPRO of Lowell.

There are many kinds of weather alerts, around 42 types to be exact. These are categorized into seven weather-related groups. When a storm is approaching, this might be a lot to take in!

Understanding what these warnings could mean for your safety can help you know what precautions to take and how soon you should take them. They can also help you secure your home if a storm is imminent.

Knowing about all the different types of weather emergencies is important, but being aware of what weather may hit Lowell is even more crucial.

How Alerts Are Issued

So, how do weather warnings get sent out to begin with? How can these forecasts be so accurate when they are merely predictions? There are many variables that play into why and when these alerts are issued.

The National Weather Service works to forecast weather conditions as accurately as possible as well as issue warnings as conditions develop. To make these warnings more location-specific, there are six regional offices all around the country that send out these alerts. Lowell’s alerts are sent from the Eastern Regions headquarters in Bohemia, New York, along with local offices nearby.

Forecasters and other workers at the NWS use various types of information to predict the weather, including satellites, weather balloons, seismic activity meters and even solar activity.

While this kind of information varies depending on the severity of a weather event, meteorologists’ main goal is to deliver as accurate a forecast as possible.

The Most Important Alerts to Understand

There’s a good chance you’ve received a weather advisory with the words “watch” or “warning” in it. This wording is used in almost all weather warnings, including those for thunderstorms, winter storms and tornadoes.

watch indicates a storm is being monitored and you should begin preparing for the worst-case scenario. Watches are typically sent to a wider area, while a warning is more precise and may only be issued to a county or city. A warning indicates that severe weather is on the way, and you should prepare yourself and your home immediately.

Being aware of what type of weather may impact our community can help you understand the warnings that may be issued to you during weather events. The Merrimack River, for example, runs through Lowell, and it can overflow and cause floods on occasion. When the conditions are right, flood warnings will be issued.

Protecting Your Home During a Storm

Knowing what a local weather alert means for your home can help you take steps to prepare for disasters, and there are many simple methods to do so around your property.

Clearing your gutters of debris and fastening any outdoor valuables are two ways you can prepare before weather conditions like floods and strong winds wreak havoc. Locate a shelter to take cover with necessary supplies, and in the event of an evacuation, know where you and your family can relocate.

After a storm, contact SERVPRO to repair any damage your home may have suffered. We can be there whenever you need us to restore as much of the damage as possible.

To keep you and your property safe, stay aware of the kinds of weather that may strike your neighborhood. Learn about the many notifications that may be issued for your property so you can best prepare for any weather that comes your way.

Experienced storm damage to your home or property? Contact us today for a quick response!

Storm Damage Versus Flood Damage

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

You may not think there is a huge difference between storm and flood damage, but your insurance company sure does. It's absolutely vital to make sure that your Lowell business is covered for both types of damage. Doing research on the ins and out of your insurance company can prevent you from spending thousands of dollars in property damages.

The Difference Defined
Differentiating between the two types of damages can be tricky.

Insurance companies typically label the accident as storm damage if the destruction was a result of one or more of the following:

  • Heavy rainfall
  • Cyclones and tornadoes
  • Hail storms
  • Hurricanes and other tropical storms

The Insurance Code of Practice defines flood damage as "the covering of normally dry land by water that has escaped or been released from the normal confines of any lake, river, creek or other natural watercourse, whether or not altered or modified, or any reservoir, canal or dam."

Even though it is obviously possible for the above storms to cause flooding in your building,your insurance company will not see it that way.  While it is absolutely possible for the above incidents to cause flooding, your insurance company won't see it that way.

How to File a Claim
If your commercial building is covered, then you need to file your insurance claim as soon as possible by contacting your insurance company.

Separate your damaged and undamaged property and make a itemized list of both, including the items model number, serial number, and brand name. Do NOT throw anything away until your insurance company sends out an adjuster to inspect it.  If you still have any receipts or bills, include them in the report.

Both severe storms and floods can cause massive amounts of water damage, but your insurance company still treats them like separate accidents. Make sure to contact remediation experts if your commercial building has recently suffered from storm or flood damage.

Contacting a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO of Lowell can do all the work for you. Our technicians will come in prepared with all the required insurance paperwork, will take photos of all salvageable and salvageable content, as well as all structural damage. We will create detailed itemized lists of all content for your adjuster and we will submit all information to your insurance and work with your adjuster.

Our technicians are on call 24/7 365 days a year- they can be called out on a moments notice if your business experienced flood or storm damage, because we know how precious time is when dealing with property damage. SERVPRO of Lowell 978-454-7577

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.