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If You Need Help in Your Bridgewater Home with Flood Removal, Call SERVPRO!

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded home SERVPRO is quick to get your flood damage under control in Bridgewater.

We have the Trained and Certified Technicians you need for Flood Removal

There are many potential causes for flooding in your home, all of which call for immediate action before the damage becomes immense. The motto at SERVPRO is that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, which means your property gets the prompt attention that you need. We have all of the best equipment and personnel to address any flood damage so that your home gets back to normal fast. 

Once you call our offices for help with flood removal in Bridgewater, you are asked questions about the level of damage to your home. The SERVPRO crew chief formulates a plan so that the team arrives with the right equipment on the trucks to address any pressing concerns after arrival on site. Known as First Notice of Loss (FNOL), this initial communication with our technicians is essential for a smooth restoration process. 

Extraction

Water extraction is a vital step for removing moisture from your home after a flood loss. SERVPRO has access to a range of extraction tools that help us remove water from affected areas. Truck-mounted pumps and vacuums facilitate water removal, followed by extraction tools inside the home. For carpeted areas, light wands easily pull water from the glue-down carpet. Self-propelled extraction tools move over the carpet, compressing both the carpet and the padding beneath. The weight helps to squeeze the moisture out for efficient removal. 

Drying

Air moving equipment is put into place to enhance moisture evaporation from the surface level of the home and reduce the time to dry. These units put out high-velocity airflow that works in unison with industrial-strength dehumidifiers for optimum drying. SERVPRO technicians monitor the moisture levels and the air temperatures in the room, moving each drying unit as needed to get the best results.

Structural Drying

With any flood loss, the chances are high that water infiltrated areas under baseboards and behind walls. Structural cavity drying equipment helps to direct airflow throughout wall cavities, helping to replace the moist air with warmer air to increase evaporation rates.

Before our restoration team leaves your home, we use moisture detection tools to ensure the drying is complete. This is then followed by proper disinfection to inhibit mold and bacterial growth

Call us at (508) 697-5439 if you need help with flood damage. Our team at SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters is ready to go for all emergency services!

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Cleaning Floodwater In Your Bridgewater Basement

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home Give our team a call anytime at (508) 697-5439.

Cleaning Floodwater from Unfinished Bridgewater Basements

Natural flooding can introduce debris, sediment, and other solids to the basement of your Bridgewater home. While water in this situation can spread quickly throughout this level of the property, the proper mitigation and cleaning techniques can help to regain control of the disaster and reduce preventable loss. Between extraction, drying, muck out services, and cleaning, we can make flood losses “Like it never even happened.”

Before restoring elements of flood damage to Bridgewater homes like debris and potential contaminants, our SERVPRO professionals must focus on removing standing water. With natural flooding scenarios, unfinished basements can allow for substantial penetration. Following these disasters, homes in the direct path of migrating floodwater can battle several feet of standing water. Our technicians have premier equipment to help, including a wide array of extraction tools.

In situations where debris is known to exist, and a higher volume of water is present, we can utilize our extractor trucks. When hooked up directly through the truck-mount pump, we can discharge floodwater into sanitary sewer systems or culverts. With continual discharge, these powerful extractors can work at levels of 300 psi to extract thousands of gallons of standing water until debris removal and cleaning could be practical to begin.

Muck out and cleaning work together with controlled demolition. In many situations, portions of exposed wood framework joists beneath the floor must get cleaned with biocides and disinfectants. This sterilization can remove the potential for widespread biothreats and the development of mold colonies. We can also clean and dry concrete floors by first shoveling out mud and debris and working with pressure washers and cleaning agents to restore the floor to its original condition.

After a flooding incident, any homeowner can contend with substantial debris, mud, and other solids. Cleaning up after this loss can require a wide array of proven techniques, cutting-edge equipment, and potent products. Our SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters team can help with a fast response to begin extraction and debris removal as promptly as possible. Give our team a call anytime at (508) 697-5439.

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Our Experts Discuss Why Immediate Action Is Crucial After A Flood In Easton

12/21/2019 (Permalink)

flooding caused by storm “Like it never even happened.”

Immediate Action is Critical to Address Flood Damage in Easton

While you may think that all floods are due to rising water from lakes and streams nearby, you should know that several natural factors can bring on floodwaters. The quicker that you can spring into action to remedy the situation, the easier it is to cut back on the devastation to your property. This is when contacting professionals at SERVPRO to restore your residence is the best option.

Homes with flood damage in Easton should be assessed and repaired as quickly as possible right after the event takes place. Experienced flood remediation technicians have the tools, expertise, and manpower to lessen the loss and help you get back to your life as usual. Once any natural disaster takes hold and wind and rain come with it, several areas around your property can become vulnerable.

Tree Damage
With a major storm, wind and rain can leave tree damage on your roof once the rainfall breaks through. It can saturate all of the materials within the exposed space. Any absorbent material is saturated can hold onto the moisture for an extended period. It is critical that you remove saturated materials and that the extraction begins to pull up as much as possible before water stains and mold set in. SERVPRO technicians work to tarp off the area to stop unwanted rain as well as vermin or pests from coming inside.

Window Breakage
If a window is left open during a major storm or it breaks from wind or flying debris, water can come in saturating the room as well as spreading down into the walls. Damaged window frames could also mean that water gets down inside the walls, causing warping, rust, and mildew. Our trained technicians use infrared moisture detection tools to locate any wet areas and then make sure that the window is repaired.

Standing Water
Any standing water has to be removed quickly, which is when SERVPRO team members use high-powered pumps, vacuums, and extraction tools to pull up as much moisture as possible. Other tools we employ to dry a flood-damaged home thoroughly include handheld equipment with heat, dehumidifiers, and air movers that work to circulate the area. This is followed closely by odor management to remove any unwanted smells left behind.

Whenever you are faced when flood damage, call our staff at SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters at (508) 697-5439, and we can send out a team as quickly as possible to begin an assessment.

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Cleaning and Disinfection Is Crucial After A Flood In Bridgewater

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

flooding in kitchen Give us a call at (508) 697-5439.

Cleaning and Disinfection After Flood Loss in Bridgewater Homes

Disasters can take a severe toll on your Bridgewater house. Despite your ability to keep a clean home, the level of care and restoration that a property needs after natural flooding often exceeds the limitations and knowledge of traditional upkeep and maintenance for your property. Our cleaning technicians have accreditations through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), making them knowledgeable assets in returning your flooded property to preloss condition.
 
After natural flooding, there are many obstacles to overcome with the flood cleanup in Bridgewater homes. Silt, mud, and contaminants all play an active role in the hurdles our SERVPRO professionals must address to return your property to its original condition. Cleaning and disinfection might be among the final stages beyond controlled demolition, extraction, and drying, but they are vital to keeping your family safe.
 
Beyond the mud and debris in your home after flooding, bacteria and other contaminants could also be present in the intruding water that adds a hazardous situation to leave your family exposed to for prolonged periods. Our SERVPRO team can arrive quickly, despite when the disaster occurs, so that your home does not wait a moment longer than necessary for protection and early mitigation steps. This process most often begins with the assessment of which construction materials like drywall requires removal by our contracting unit.
 
We have a powerful line of potent cleaning products developed to stay in compliance with OSHA regulations while not limiting the potential strength and effectiveness of our cleaning efforts. We have virucides and sporicides that can get sprayed directly on structural elements, framework, joists, and other supports to prevent the spread of bacteria or the growth of microbial threats in these areas.
 
After a flood, you might not always think of prioritizing cleaning and revitalization. Because of our experience and extensive training through the IICRC, we can assess the severity of hazards and bio-threats, helping to regain control of the widespread disaster and get you back to normal life fast. No matter how severe flood losses can be, our SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters team can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (508) 697-5439.

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Bridgewater Home After A Flood

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

cellar stairs being repaired after a flood Water came half way up the cellar stairs in this home after a flood. We were able to start restoration right away.

How Controlled Demolition Helps Mitigate Flood Damage in Bridgewater

When you are already panicking as floodwaters rise in your Bridgewater home, hearing from a mitigation expert that building material tear-out is recommended can heighten your anxiety. Understanding the reasons for the planned demolition of carefully selected and usually easily replaced structures helps you put additional disruption into perspective. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians use this strategy judiciously, following industry best practices.

Flood Water Is Hazardous

When managing flood damage in your Bridgewater residence, we presume that the fluids in your home harbor hazards such as bacteria, viruses, and other microbes. Floodwaters can contain sewage from street drain overflows. They also pick up chemicals, animal and insect waste, and other pollutants as they move across roadways, industrial sites, agricultural land, and yards. Black or Category 3 water can expose inhabitants to health risks if not removed thoroughly, dried out completely, and disinfected with EPA-registered products.

Scoping the Affected Area for Hidden Flood Water

It is an inadequate professional response to extract only visible fluids from the flooded area. Water migrates through porous materials like drywall into building cavities and seeps and trickles into crevices and cracks along floor planks and baseboards, soaking subfloors. Water trapped between wallpaper and paint or above ceiling tiles creates bulges and empty cells in cinder block can hold substantial quantities of water. We use infrared imaging cameras to show temperature fluctuations that can indicate caches of water. Moisture meters also help us follow the path of absorbed fluids in structural components.

Required Release of Contaminated Water

If the flood damage that traveled into, behind, beneath, and above structural components remains in place, the microbes can multiply, damaging organic materials and endangering the health of your family. The SERVPRO crew uses strategies to release the water for collection and disposal. Flood cuts slice through and remove drywall several inches above the waterline. We then can access the space behind to pump or extract water. Weep holes punched through bulging surfaces allow water to drain out. Drilled holes in mortar joints give water trapped behind bricks, blocks, or stucco a pathway out.

Access for Disinfection and Structural Drying

All the above controlled demolition techniques also give SERVPRO access to enhance warm airflow during structural drying. Our EPA-registered disinfectants can be applied via spray or other methods to treat all surfaces soaked with microbial rich fluid. The disinfection kills the bacteria, viruses, and fungi that might otherwise grow unchecked.

SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters chooses controlled demolition to reach all areas contaminated with Category 3 flood water. We help arrange for rebuilding after we ensure inhibition of microbial growth. Call us at (508) 697-5439 to schedule a professional evaluation and flood damage abatement plan.

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We Act Fast To Restore Your Bridgewater Home After A Storm

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

The basement in this home flooded out when torrential rain came up the east cost. We were able to arrive right away and begin restoration.

Is Your Flooded Bridgewater Home Actually Contaminated?

Many homeowners believe that professional restoration teams like ours utilize scare tactics and threatening terminology to discourage homeowners from attempting restoration of their Bridgewater house on their own. With the widespread damages present after a flood, the recovery of these properties can be a substantial challenge – though not impossible – for owners to address. Some risks and threats exist with natural disasters like this, and the more aware you are about them, the better prepared you are to overcome them during extraction, drying, and cleaning of the house.

The problem with the DIY recovery of flood damage in Bridgewater homes is less about the work involved and more about the misinformation available for you to read on the internet and blogs. Natural flooding scenarios can bring contaminants and bacteria into your property, and as such, this is a condition that you must adequately prepare for with the proper disinfection protocols and personal protective equipment throughout the restoration and recovery of the property.

Many homeowners might question how contaminated the water actually is, especially since it might appear to be no different than creek water with high turbidity and cloudiness. The level of contamination is a direct result of the threats the floodwater encountered on the path to your residence. From dead animals and chemicals to raw sewage and debris, there could be life-threatening contamination, or very little. All floodwater from rising creeks and streams in the area should be considered contaminated and treated as such.

Likewise, flood damage that occurs from direct rainfall and runoff from a structural breach to the roof can get treated as non-hazardous unless a known threat exists. Identifying the appropriate type of flooding situation that you have can change the way that you, or our SERVPRO professionals, address the cleanup and restoration.

Recovering your property after flood damage is a situation ideal for the experience and advanced equipment of our SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters professionals. We can work quickly to remove damaging floodwaters and decontaminate exposed materials to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (508) 697-5439.

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We Go Above And Beyond In Caring For Your Belongings After A Flood In Bridgewater

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer our experience, expertise, and necessary equipment to restore your home.

Protecting Contents with Pack-Outs in Flooded Bridgewater Homes

As a restoration company that has been proudly serving the Bridgewater area for many years, we always strive to give our customers a thorough and detail-oriented restoration approach. When situations like flooding occur, we can protect affected contents and materials within that house by allowing our contents department to identify which of your belongings, furniture, and other affected materials can benefit from focused attention and relocation.

The affected contents of your Bridgewater home after flood damage cannot often remain in their original positions, and can continue to impact these items negatively. Instead, our SERVPRO professionals can safely pack up these items into production trailers that arrive with our Green Fleet and work to relocate them to our facility. There, these items can get better protected while also receiving specific attention to thoroughly clean, deodorize, and disinfect them.

Once your belongings arrive at our facility, our SERVPRO team can get to work on the cleaning and deodorization process, as many of these items can fall victim to mud, debris, and potential contaminants floodwater brings into your property. There are multiple approaches to addressing odor concerns from the use of our hydroxyl generator to our ozone chamber to effectively remove the harsh odor from multiple possessions and pieces of furniture simultaneously.

We can tag these items and safely store them within our warehouse as restoration work continues in your home. This area of our facility is climate and temperature controlled, ensuring that no harm befalls these items until they are ready to get returned to your restored property. Once our IICRC-Certified restoration specialists have brought your home back to preloss condition, our contents department can bring the recovered items back to your property to get returned to their original positions.

While many people can appreciate our desire to go above and beyond for our customers, many do not fully understand the lengths that our team goes to ensure that we protect your possessions during a disaster. No matter when flooding occurs, our SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters team can get there quickly to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (508) 697-5439.

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What is the Best Way to Extract Water From Your Flooded Bridgewater Home?

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is stocked with equipment to dry your water damaged home.

Effective Extraction and Flood Recovery for Your Bridgewater Home

When severe water loss incidents and flooding occur in your Bridgewater home, you have to react quickly to get the appropriate personnel in route to make a difference quickly. Floodwater can spread fast throughout the property, affecting multiple rooms and areas of the house and saturating both structural elements and the construction materials exposed like drywall, flooring, and carpeting. Addressing these concerns must happen immediately to protect and preserve these affected components.

With flood damage recovery for your Bridgewater home, time is of the essence from the first sign of trouble. Often severe weather is to blame for flooding situations, and with structural concerns that allow the flow of water into your property, you need to get these vulnerabilities covered immediately to prevent further damage and degradation. Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24/7 response to flooding and water loss incident emergencies, arriving with the full measure of our mitigation equipment and expertise to recover your property quickly and effectively.

Once our team arrives at your flood-damaged address, we introduce the array of extraction equipment stocked on our production trailers that arrive with the Green Fleet. From the extractor trucks within this fleet to portable options like submersible pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands, we can remove standing water effectively from the affected areas of your property. The faster that this pooling threat can get addressed is the faster that the team can focus on drying efforts that are equally vital to protecting the exposed materials within your house.

We also arrive with an extensive inventory of efficient drying equipment such as our high-velocity air movers, LGR and desiccant dehumidifiers, and other specialty tools to help maintain our progress such as moisture detection and thermal imagery devices. Our SERVPRO team can help to dry out damaged construction materials to protect them and prevent unnecessary demolition and reconstruction.

With so many symptoms that could occur from flooding in your property, the longer you wait for restoration and recovery, the more damage that can ultimately result. Our SERVPRO of The Bridgewater's rapid response team can help with temporary emergency boarding and tarping as well as vital mitigation and recovery efforts to protect your investment in the property and help restoration to be more efficient. Give us a call anytime at (508) 697-5439.

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Lightning Myth vs Fact

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

According to the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an average of 60 people are killed each year by lightning, & hundreds more are severely injured.  Many times, these injuries are due to misinformation around the seriousness of thunderstorms and lightning.  Here are a few of the most common myths about lightning.

  • MYTH:  If it is not raining, there is no danger from lightning.

    FACT:Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur up to 10 miles away from heavy rainfall.

  • MYTH:  If you are in a house, you are 100% safe from lightning. 

    FACT: A house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity, including corded phones, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors, and windows.

  •  MYTH: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.

    FACT: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly.  The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times a year.

  • MYTH: A lightning victim is electrified.  If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted.

    FACT: The human body does not store electricity.  It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid.  Call 9-1-1 and begin CPR immediately.

  • MYTH: If outside in a thunderstorm, seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.

    FACT: Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties.

Storm Damage

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

It doesn't matter if a summer thunderstorm, winter blizzard or a monsoon of proportions, when a storm is coming there are ways to be prepared.

Your roof takes the brunt. If your roof is 5 to 10 years old check your tiles and shingles to see if they are loose. If you have time fix them prior to the storm arriving.

Doors and windows are another prime ways that strong winds can get inside. In a normal rain/wind storm windows should be able to repel 9-pound 2-by-4 wind speed which equals to about 34 mph wind. 

When was the last time you scrutinized your flashing? if the protective material appears to be unattached have it replaced, to prevent water damage from the rain.

If you have suffered a Wind/Rain damage call SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters at 508-697-5439 to help with the clean-up of your home.

When STORMS RAGE ~ SERVPRO is FASTER to ANY SIZE DISASTER!

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

When STORMS RAGE ~ SERVPRO is FASTER to ANY SIZE DISASTER!

SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters ~ FASTER to ANY SIZE DISASTER!

When STORMS Rage, Flooding and Water EMERGENCIES don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we!

SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters provides Emergency Cleaning and Restoration Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week ~ Including All Holidays!

We at SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters pride ourselves on being FASTER to ANY SIZE DISASTER!

Flood and Water Damage is very invasive! Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more!

SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately! This immediate response helps to not only minimize the damage it also minimizes your cleaning and restoration costs!

When STORMS RAGE, contact SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters to handle YOUR Emergency Flood and Water Disaster ~ Anytime; Day or Night! ~ Available 24/7 ~ Including ALL holidays!

Spring Storm Preparedness Plan

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Contact SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters for YOUR Spring Storm Water Damage ~ Faster to Any Size Disaster! ~ Available 24/7

Spring has officially arrived, and although we are ready for the nice weather, most of us are not ready for the storms and flooding.

Instead of letting the storm and flood damage take over your  home, be proactive! Prepare ahead of time for stormy weather to strike! Consider the following "Tips" for your Spring Storm Preparedness Plan:

  • Check for leaks in your home ahead of time; on your own BEFORE finding them during a storm! Take matters into your own hands! Use your garden hose on the light spray setting to test any suspicious areas around the perimeter of your home that may have caused issues in the past. This will help you determine where potential leaks may be happen.
  • Roof flashing is installed below the first course of roofing material. Be sure the flow of water is directed away from openings! This will not only keep water from entering your home, but will also protect the interior walls from deteriorating. It’s always a good idea to have your roof professionally inspected annually to check for potential damage.
  • Make sure to keep your gutters free of debris. Take this important step to eliminate the possibility of a constant flow of water down the exterior of your home during a storm. Cluttered gutters can cause water to leak into your home.
  • Basements; because they are located at the very bottom of your home are the most common areas to flood during a storm. A sump pump is recommended to protect your assets! If you have a sump pump already, make sure to check for any damage or signs of failure. (Irreplaceable items, if stored in your basement should be placed on high shelving or, better yet, on an altogether different level of your home in preparation of unexpected weather events).
  • Lastly, compare  costs of readiness vs risk of loss. Many people hold off  initiating their Storm Preparedness Plan due to the cost involved. This IS NOT suggested! Protecting your property is well worth the financial investment AND the peace of mind!

Storm Safety

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

Down trees on power lines.

Fallen Trees can cause

Roof Damage 

Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger.

Down Power lines

This can make roads impassible and cause dangers to motorists. Be careful! The best thing you can do during storms like this is stay home and off the roads until the storm has died down Downed power lines can energize the ground up to 35 feet away. If you see a downed power line, immediately notify local authorities. Never drive over downed power lines or through water that is in contact with them. Never try to move a downed power line.

Pet Tips from The Humane Society of the United States:

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

The following tips on winter pet safety are provided by The Humane Society of the United States:
  • If pets cannot come indoors, make sure they are protected by a dry, draft-free enclosure large enough to allow them to sit and lie down, but small enough to hold in the pet’s body heat. Raise the floor a few inches off the ground and cover it with cedar shavings or straw. Turn the enclosure away from the wind and cover the doorway with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.
  • Salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate a pet’s paws. Wipe their paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.
  • Antifreeze is a deadly poison. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze out of reach.

Basement flooding - Bellingham, MA

4/19/2017 (Permalink)

When a swift moving storm passed it left this homeowner with a flooded basement.

 With spring approaching, for some homeowners this is a time when basements flood. Here's how to deal with a flooded basement from seasonal rain and melting snow.


According to Flood Smart a 1000 square foot home flooded with a mere 1' of water can lead to over $10,000 worth of damage. Most basements flood for the following reason.


Burst pipes, sudden downpours a copious amount of melting snow, broken gutters, leaky windows, damaged foundations, sudden removal of large trees near your home etc... 


What can you do to prevent a basement flood? 


Check your pipes, look for any area that may look like there is corrosion. If you see cracks in your foundation get it fixed. Seal or replace basement windows. Check downspouts so that they are away from the house. 


If you have suffered a flooded basement give SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters at 508-697-5439 to help you clean you basement today.

Wind Storm loss - Sudbury, MA

4/19/2017 (Permalink)

Wind swept rain came caused inside damage to this home.

It doesn't matter if a summer thunderstorm, winter blizzard or a monsoon of proportions, when a storm is coming there are ways to be prepared.


Your roof takes the brunt. If your roof is 5 to 10 years old check your tiles and shingles to see if they are loose. If you have time fix them prior to the storm arriving.


Doors and windows are another prime ways that strong winds can get inside. In a normal rain/wind storm windows should be able to repel 9-pound 2-by-4 wind speed which equals to about 34 mph wind. 


When was the last time you scrutinized your flashing? if the protective material appears to be unattached have it replaced, to prevent water damage from the rain.


If you have suffered a Wind/Rain damage call SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters at 508-697-5439 to help with the clean-up of your home.

Lightening strike -Raynham, MA

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Lightening strike had just gazed the eves of this home during a storm.

If you know that your house has just been struck by lightning, call the fire department. The most common area for fires to start are within the walls and attic, where the fire can hide. 


A lightning bolt's main objective is to find the path of least resistance from cloud to ground. Most homes have many potential routes for lightning to follow. A few examples would be electric lines, cable and phone lines, gutters, etc....


There are three main hazards to a house that is hit directly



  • Fire Danger: this is the biggest threat to homes.

  • Power Surge Damage: If lighten chooses any of the home's electrical wiring, the explosive surge can damage even non-electronic appliance that are connected to an outlet.

  • Shock Wave Damage: The shock waves that lightning create is what produces the thunder that we hear and at close range, these waves can be destructive. It can fracture concrete, brick, chimney etc.


It is nearly impossible to provide 100% protection to avoid your home being struck by lightning. However if you have been stuck the best thing to do is contact the fire department and leave your home if you smell smoke. 

Ice Dam Damage Cause and prevention -North Easton, MA

3/2/2017 (Permalink)

This unsuspecting homeowner suffered a loss from an Ice Dam.

Icicles can be cool looking but they could be holding onto something powerful enough to create mass destruction in your home, ICE DAMS.


Ice Dams form along the eaves of a roof preventing the snow from adequately draining and creating a backup.  When Water is trapped it seeks way to escape from the very prison created by the Ice Dams. When it has found that opening it is generally in your home.  It begins to nestle in the insulation, until it can no longer hold its weight, pressing even further into your ceilings and walls, until it’s reached its potential.


How To Prevent Ice Dams.



  • Seal air leaks

  • Seal leaky air ducts

  • Add more insulation.

  • Make sure there is sufficient ventilation in the attic.


If you suffer from an Ice Dam give SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters at 508-697-5439. Our technicians are trained and certified to help with the cleanup of your loss. 

Wind Damage - Waban, MA

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

It seems that every day another weather story makes the news. From flooding to hurricanes, to an Ice storm. Weather can affect us wherever we live with very little warning. There is really no way to prevent potential storm damage.

The first step in emergency preparedness is to remove dead tree branches. They can break off in a storm posing a danger to people. As the homeowner had found out the hard way during this storm. Here  are some other helpful hints.

Keep Lights on During a Power Outage with a Generator.

If you have a generator follow these safety rules.

  • Have a working CO Detector
  • Only use portable generators outdoors not in partially enclosed/enclosed areas
  • Keep them away from windows, doors, crawlspaces and overhangs
  • Always read the manufacturer's operating and maintenance instructions.
  • NEVER add gasoline to a hot or running portable generator.

Weather Proof your home.

  • Keep gutters clean and clear of debris.
  • Fix drainage problems in your yard to prevent flooding

Lawn Care Before and After the Storm.

  • Don't work in your yard when a storm is in the area
  • Pick up yard debris.

If you suffer a loss call SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters at 508-697-5439 we our trained Technicians can clean up any loss.

Basement Flooding - E. Bridgewater, MA

3/1/2017 (Permalink)

This homeowner was taken by surprise when flooding hit.

In the past 5 years all 50 state have experienced flooding including in those areas that are considered by FEMA a low threat.

What is a flood.

A flood is a temporary condition where two or more properties or land are inundated by water. It can affect even areas that are considered to be at low risk. 

What To Do After A Flood

  • Call your insurance agent to file a claim
  • Check for structural damage before re-entering your home
  • Take photos of any damaged to your personal property
  • Make a list of damaged
  • Call the experts.

At SERVPRO of The Bridgewaters all are Technicians are trained and certified to handle even the toughest of flood waters. 

Call SERVPRO of the Bridgwaters today at 508-697-5439

Lightning Myths

4/24/2014 (Permalink)

According to the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an average of 60 people are killed each year by lightning, & hundreds more are severely injured.  Many times, these injuries are due to misinformation around the seriousness of thunderstorms and lightning.  Here are a few of the most common myths about lightning.

  • MYTH:  If it is not raining, there is no danger from lightning.

    FACT:Lightning often strikes outside of heavy rain and may occur up to 10 miles away from heavy rainfall.

  • MYTH:  If you are in a house, you are 100% safe from lightning. 

    FACT: A house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity, including corded phones, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors, and windows.

  •  MYTH: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.

    FACT: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly.  The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times a year.

  • MYTH: A lightning victim is electrified.  If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted.

    FACT: The human body does not store electricity.  It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid.  Call 9-1-1 and begin CPR immediately.

  • MYTH: If outside in a thunderstorm, seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.

    FACT: Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties.